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Republicans unveil 'Tax Reaper' at Ken Cuccinelli campaign stop

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Just in time for Halloween, young Republicans in Arlington, Va., introduced the “Tax Reaper,” a character designed to point out tax hikes supported by Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

“Terry McAuliffe is too spooky for Virginia,” said Matthew Burrow, chairman of the Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans.


Cuccinelli, having promised to reduce taxes, is able to slip by undetected. (Matthew Burrow/AFCYR)

The AFCYRs, the largest young Republican organization in Virginia, unveiled the Tax Reaper on Tuesday at an event with Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

“The Tax Reaper is a manifestation of the job-killing, tax-raising policies that Terry McAuliffe would support as Governor,” said Matthew Hurtt, vice chairman of the AFCYRs.


Too close Ken! Too close! (Matthew Burrow/AFCYR)

Those “tax-raising policies” include $14 billion in new spending that would lead to a $1,700 tax increase on average families, according to Cuccinelli. The figure was derived from the left-leaning think tank Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis and economic forecaster Chmura Analytics.

McAuliffe also supports the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require online retailers to charge state taxes for their products. As the Washington Examiner noted in June, the tax is yet another example of businesses with powerful lobbyists using the federal government to squash their competitors.

The Tax Reaper will make several more appearances in Arlington on Wednesday and Thursday.

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