Virginia Republicans picked the man they want to be Attorney General Ken "The Cooch" Cuccinelli's lieutenant governor over the weekend. And the extremely conservative bishop has got quite a history for the state's Democrats to sink their teeth into.
Bishop E.W. Jackson won the nomination Saturday, in what the Richmond Times Dispatch called "a stunning upset."
After his nomination, Politico picked up on comments Jackson made in a YouTube video last fall, comparing Planned Parenthood to the KKK:
E.W. Jackson, a black minister and activist nominated for lieutenant governor Saturday, posted a four-minute video on YouTube last fall exhorting African-Americans to vote Republican. In the video message, he accused the “civil rights establishment” of selling out their Christian values in order to support Democratic policy positions on gay marriage and abortion.
“The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was,” Jackson says in the video.
But the over-the-top comments don't stop there. Jackson has said President Obama has "Muslim sensibilities" and sees the world through a "Muslim perspective," as BuzzFeed reported. Jackson also said it was a "joke" to call Obama a Christian.
Jackson is also not a fan of gay and lesbian people. From an interview with Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality and pastor John Kirkwood, reported on by Right Wing Watch:
"Their minds are perverted, they’re frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally and they see everything through the lens of homosexuality. When they talk about love they’re not talking about love, they’re talking about homosexual sex. So they can’t see clearly. Jesus said ‘when the eye is dark the body is full of darkness.’ Let me come back to this whole issue of their using the black community because here again some of the most vicious attacks ever leveled against any black conservative or black Christian for that matter has come out of the homosexual community."
In addition to Jackson, the Virginia GOP this weekend picked state Senator Mark D. Obenshain to run for attorney general. Obenshain supports so-called "personhood" bills and has said emergency contraception is a form of abortion.
The Democratic Party of Virginia released a statement , saying the GOP's very conservative ticket is "farther outside the Virginia mainstream than any slate of candidates either party has ever nominated": "The Democratic Party of Virginia and concerned people from all political points of view spent the last week informing voters about Ken Cuccinelli’s dangerous and extreme 'personhood' agenda to ban birth control and roll back women’s rights. As the memo below demonstrates, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain are the two most perfect candidates Republicans could have nominated to walk in lockstep Cuccinelli’s dangerous crusades."
Source : http://dcist.com/2013/05/ken_cuccinelli_picks_running_mate_w.php