I had my head down working yesterday when the news broke that my Congressman, Scott Rigell, will not endorse the Republican nominee for LG, E.W. Jackson. I applauded him on my Facebook page for having the courage to do this. But I was quickly disappointed to learn that the lack of endorsement didn’t mean a lack of a vote.
I don’t know why Rigell had to go there; after all, a vote is a private matter.
Actually, I do know: this was Rigell being Rigell, trying the split the baby, as it were, between those who agree with Jackson’s rhetoric and those who don’t. As someone posted to my personal FB page regarding my earlier column, “EW is saying what so many republicans believe but are afraid to say.”
Look, I know Rigell is a social conservative. That he’s come to support civil unions is a big step. But surely he knows the role of the LG – and how casting a tie-breaking vote has become a lot less rare these days. I think it’s clear how, if elected, Jackson would cast votes related to the LBGT community.
I found the photo that accompanies this article on Rigell’s Facebook page. Photos, by themselves, mean nothing; heck, there’s probably some of Scott and me floating around 🙂 But I am disturbed about his connections to Jackson and in the coming days, I hope to learn – and share – more about this.