Gillespie didn’t fight.
What do expect? Gillespie was a never trumper and Bill Kristol supported Northam. LOL
Gillespie seems to have hired one of the most incompetent campaign staffs in history. They may have been "well regarded" establishment consultants, but how did they manage to miss this??? Especially since the essence of Northam's campaign was, "Ed Gillespie is a racist, and I'm not!"
I'd question whatever advice he gave as counselor to GWB from 2007 to 2009 -- while Bush's approval numbers fell to levels lower than the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Whatever it was, it didn't work very well.