Log Cabin Repubs praise McDonnell, slam Cuccinelli
Yesterday, the Log Cabin Republicans praised Republican Bob McDonnell for his "inclusive" statements promising never to discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.
Today, the group of Republican gay activists slammed McDonnell's ticket-mate, Ken Cuccinelli, for the reverse. Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for attorney general, was quoted in the Virginian-Pilot newspaper declining to commit to the state's nondiscrimination policy against gays and lesbians.
"My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong," Cuccinelli told the newspaper. "They're intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it's appropriate to have policies that reflect that. . . They don't comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society."
David Lampo, vice president of the Log Cabin Republican Club of Virginia, put out the following statement today:
"That Mr. Cuccinelli would make such incendiary and prejudicial remarks as a candidate for the state's highest legal office is truly frightening, and we call on him to apologize for injecting his personal and hateful opinions into this race," said David Lampo, vice president of the Log Cabin Republican Club of Virginia. "The overwhelming majority of Virginia voters, 90 percent according to Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, support a policy of employment nondiscrimination for state employees. We hope voters evaluate very carefully a candidate who intends to let his personal beliefs and prejudices guide his decision making as Attorney General."
"Cuccinelli's remarks stand in stark contrast to the inclusive statements of Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for Governor," Lampo continued, "Mr. McDonnell has rightfully said the government should not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, and so we call on Republican leaders and candidates throughout Virginia to repudiate Cuccinelli's hateful remarks and stand with Bob McDonnell on this important issue."
Cuccinelli's opponent, Democrat Steve Shannon, also criticized Cuccinelli for his remarks. Shannon sent a letter to McDonnell urging him to denounce Cuccinelli's remarks, and McDonnell did -- sort of, while also taking a swipe at Shannon for focusing on the issue at all.
"Bob McDonnell's record and position is clear: he does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and he hires and promotes based solely on merit and ability," spokesman Tucker Martin said. "That was his policy as attorney general, and will be his policy as governor. There are only six days left in this critically important race. Bob will spend that time continuing to advance innovative ideas to create new jobs, improve our schools, fix our roads and turn Virginia's economy around. Steve Shannon, as a candidate for statewide office in these tough times, should think about doing the same thing."
October 28, 2009; 2:28 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Attorney General's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Steve Shannon
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