McDonnell Opposes Regent Hiring Policy
Democrats including Creigh Deeds have been criticizing Republican Bob McDonnell since news broke about the hiring policy of his alma mater Regent University.
But when we asked today, we were told McDonnell opposes Regent's non-discrimination policy that pledges equal opportunities for men and women, consistent with Biblical teachings that men are the head of households.
"Bob McDonnell supports hiring and promoting individuals based solely on merit and ability, and regardless of gender, race, creed, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. He supports equal pay for equal work,'' said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman. "He does not support any policy to the contrary."
That seems pretty clear, right?
So why then did McDonnell serve for eight years (1998 to 2005) on the Board of Trustees at the Virginia Beach college founded by televangelist Pat Robertson when he opposed the hiring policy?
Here's the answer we got, though it doesn't answer the question: "Bob McDonnell's position is clear,'' Martin said. "He supports hiring based on merit and ability, and nothing else."
Earlier today, the Democratic National Committee launched new ads on Facebook directed at the hiring policy.
"This latest backwards-looking and false attack from an increasingly desperate Deeds team is one more indication of the complete lack of ideas or vision in their campaign," Martin said.
Martin also reminds us what McDonnell has been saying for weeks, ever since his 1989 graduate school thesis was published: "The best evidence of how he will govern is to look at his record as attorney general, where half of his senior staff appointments were women,'' he said. "His wife, Maureen, has worked in and out of the home for 33 years. His oldest daughter Jeanine is the ultimate working woman, having overseen 25 men as a platoon leader in Iraq."
October 14, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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