Y’all all know how I feel about local politics: I’d much rather write about the stuff close to home than the stuff happening elsewhere. Then there are the times when “home” has a much broader meaning. Such is the case with Democratic Senate candidate George Barker.
Barker has been the target of a malicious mailing put out by his opponent, incumbent Republican Jay O’Brien. The mailing, which can be viewed here, claims that Barker “wants to take time away from core academic subjects like math, science, and reading to teach children to accept the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) lifestyle.”
Jay O’Brien is desperate. Barker, a pro-equality candidate, has run a heck of a campaign, including receiving the endorsement of The Washington Post. O’Brien, on the other hand, has the dubious distinction of having been one of the early recipients of money from the newly minted conservative PAC, Citizens for the Commonwealth.
Here’s what Delegate Adam Ebbin had to say:
O’Brien began his career by touting anti-gay legislation to keep gays and lesbians from serving in the Virginia National Guard. We can not and must not let Virginia Republicans continue to get away with these George Allen/Ollie North/Karl Rove style tactics. Times have changed, and though anti-gay extremism may have helped O’Brien win election in 1993, let’s show Virginia that anti-gay extremism can end his career now.
Yeah, let’s show ’em 😡 For those of you in Arlington, head over to the Arlington County Democratic Headquarters and do some phone banking on Barker’s behalf. Those of you outside of the area can donate your money, either directly to Barker through his website or through a special page set up for Del. Ebbin’s PAC, Virginia Progress Fund.
*gay-boating is like swift-boating – and we all know how that worked out. h/t to Blueweeds for the term.