Three labor unions launched a new TV ad Tuesday attacking Virginia Senate candidate George Allen (R) on education funding.
The spot, "Education," is the second released by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union as part of a $2.25 million anti-Allen ad campaign launched earlier this month.
In Virginia, we know education means opportunity. That's why Tim Kaine expanded Pre-K, championed higher-ed and job training, helping make Virginia "the best state to raise a child." But George Allen has not made our kids a priority. As governor, he tried to cut funding for public schools. In Washington, Allen voted to end tax deductions for college tuition. And now, a budget plan that devastates K through 12 classrooms -- all to pay for even more tax breaks for the wealthy
The last line in the ad ties Allen to Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) controversial budget plan, which includes significant cuts to education spending.
"George Allen's attitude seems to be that some of our children count, some of the time. That’s not leadership," said Karen White, NEA Political Director, in a statement. "Virginia needs a Senator who will stand up for all Virginia students and all Virginia schools, all the time. That’s the only way to prepare our kids for the jobs of the future and grow our economy."
Allen and his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Tim Kaine, have been locked in a close race for over a year and a half. A recent poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist showed Kaine at 47 percent to Allen's 46 percent, while a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News survey had Kaine up 51 percent to Allen's 44 percent.