My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-PIlot Thursday. I really tried not to write about the Republican candidate for LG, but when I opened my paper Wednesday morning and saw this political cartoon, I knew I had to.
The national press has had a field day with Virginia since last weekend’s RPV convention. I don’t expect it to stop; after all, there isn’t another election in the country this year, save New Jersey – and that one is pretty much over.
There’s an old saying in politics that Democrats fall in love, while Republicans fall in line. Some Republicans, however, haven’t gotten the memo:
So just how toxic is Jackson, who once said homosexuals were “very sick”?
“I’m not going to comment on him,” said Rep. Frank Wolf of Jackson. “I endorsed Ken Cuccinelli, I think he’ll do a great job. I’ve worked with him on prison reform, and he’s a very good candidate.”
“No, I’m not saying anything.”
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who also had endorsed Cuccinelli — and even appeared at an event with both men in Roanoke on Monday — did not return repeated requests for comment.
Rep. Rob Wittman speedily walked away from a reporter when asked about Jackson. Subsequent, repeated calls to his Capitol Hill office went unreturned.
Will this be the year that the old saying is turned on its head? We’ll know in 5+ months. In the meantime, expect a continued onslaught of national coverage of Virginia.
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