Is Republican Virginia Senate candidate Ed Gillespie going the way of ousted Virginia Sen. George “Macaca” Allen on Nov. 4?
The Oneida Nation—the New York tribe that runs the Change the Mascot campaign trying to get the Washington football team to change its name—says yes.
Gillespie ran an ad during the Washington football team’s victorious Monday Night Football game against Dallas last night, attacking Democratic Sen. Mark Warner for not taking a stance against a Senate bill that would revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status if any of the league’s team names contain a racial slur. (Which, obviously, one does.) In the 30-second ad, Gillespie uses the Washington football team’s moniker a number of times throughout.
“Mark Warner refused to answer if he supports the bill or not,” Gillespie says in the ad. “Why won’t he fight the anti-[Pigskins] bill? Why won’t he answer the question?”
In response, the Oneida Nation issued a succinct, yet biting, statement today that compares Gillespie to Allen—the former Virginia senator who, during a 2006 re-election campaign stop, referred to an Indian-American working for his opposition as “macaca,” a nickname that may have had some negative racial connotations. Allen lost that election to Sen. Jim Webb.
“The last time a Virginia Republican Senate candidate actively promoted a racial slur, voters rightly rejected him.,” the statement from Oneida reads. “As with former Senator George Allen, Ed Gillespie will likely lose the election promoting a dictionary-defined slur, but perhaps there will be a place for him on Dan Snyder‘s payroll when it is all over.”