Sen. Bryce Reeves

Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania.

Bryce Reeves, one of three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, has released a TV ad that depicts two cowled and head-scarved “terrorists” who frighten a suburban mother and her two children.

The ad, titled “Safety,” portrays terrorists, wearing camouflage jackets and carrying black bags, dashing to a vehicle as the mother — in a driveway across the street — drops a bag of groceries and then comforts the children.

“This is the America Obama left behind,” Reeves, a state senator from Spotsylvania, says in a voice-over.

“Terrorists living here. FBI investigating ISIS nationwide. Frightening families.”

Reeves, then facing the camera, introduces himself and says he “helped pass anti-terrorism legislation here in Virginia.”

In March Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed a bill Reeves sponsored that says any person who knowingly provides material support to terrorists is guilty of a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. If the support of a terrorist organization results in a death, the penalty increases to a Class 2 felony, punishable by up to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Lawmakers incorporated into the bill similar legislation sponsored by Sen. Janet D. Howell, D-Fairfax.

Reeves, an insurance agent, is a former Prince William County narcotics detective. He says in the ad that “as a former police officer, I’ll support our cops and fight to defund sanctuary cities.”

This year McAuliffe vetoed legislation that would have prohibited Virginia cities and counties from adopting “sanctuary city” policies in order to inhibit strict enforcement of federal immigration laws. McAuliffe said it “sends a hostile message to immigrant communities” across the state.

Reeves is competing with state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier and Del. Glenn R. Davis Jr., R-Virginia Beach, in the June 13 GOP primary.

Three candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor on June 13: former federal prosecutors Justin Fairfax and Gene Rossi and Susan Platt, a political activist, aide to then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware and former lobbyist.

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