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McDonnell Condemns Bobby May

Tim Craig

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, a GOP candidate for governor, issued a statement today condemning Bobby May, the Republican official from Southwest Virginia who wrote controversial remarks about Sen. Barack Obama in a local newspaper.

Until this week, May had been on GOP presidential nominee John McCain's Virginia leadership team. But May was forced to leave the campaign earlier this week after the Los Angeles Times published part of a column that May had written.

"The Attorney General condemns the offensive rhetoric in this column," said J. Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman.

In the column, May wrote Obama would hire the rapper Ludacris to paint the White House black, change the national antemm into the "black national anthemm," raise taxes to "pay for Obama's inner-city political base" and replace the U.S. flag with one that had "a star and crescent logo."

May, the treasurer of the Buchanan County Republican Party, also wrote that Obama would make the 2nd Amendment apply only to "gang bangers, illegal aliens, islamo fascits terrorists," according to a copy of the column, which was available on the Los Angeles Times website.

After the McCain campaign distanced itself from May, a photograph of McDonnell posing with May was published on the Democratic blogs Raising Kaine and Not Larry Sabato.

Martin said McDonnell, a co-chair of McCain's Virginia campaign, "was highly disappointed to learn of the existence of this column."

"Attorney General McDonnell believes campaigns should focus on the issues," Martin said. "In a politically divided country we need greater civility in our political discourse. Mr. May's comments can never be tolerated, and they do not reflect the Virginia of the 21st Century."

By Tim Craig  |  October 10, 2008; 1:25 PM ET
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Actually, it was my blog that broke that picture. I rescued it from the scrubbed BUCGOP website.


Posted by: Mark Brooks | October 11, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

This is so ugly. You'd think "Bobby May" doesn't have enough to eat or drink, he's so enraged. A lot like Nazi Germany, I;d also say.

Posted by: WHAT!?!? | October 13, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

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