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Hail to the Washington football team, from Va.’s GOP Senate candidate

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) scores on a draw play on Oct. 27, 2014, at ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) scores on a draw play on Oct. 27, 2014, at ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT) MCT

Ed Gillespie’s trying to get some of that good feeling from Monday night’s Washington Redskins victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Senate in Virginia, Monday launched a new ad pledging to oppose Senate legislation that would require the Redskins to change their nickname, which many Native American groups find offensive.

“Mark Warner refused to answer if he supports the bill or not. Why won’t Warner fight the anti-Redskins bill? Why won’t he answer the question?” Gillespie asks in the ad.

“I’ll answer the question,” said Gillespie, seated at a kitchen table. “I’ll oppose the anti-Redskins bill. Let’s focus on creating jobs, raising take-home pay and making our nation safer, and let the Redskins handle what to call their team.”

The team trains and practices in Virginia. Earlier this year, a group of senators proposed a measure to revoke the National Football League’s tax exempt status unless the team changed its name. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Gillespie’s opponent, did not sign a letter urging the NFL to look at the issue of the team’s name.

The Washington Post reported that a Warner aide said the seantor feels “it’s not for Congress to dictate what the league does. He believes that over time, team names will change to reflect the times, as happened with the Washington Wizards.”

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