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McDonnell Opposes Regent Hiring Policy

Anita Kumar

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."

By Anita Kumar  |  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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You Dirty Deeds water carriers at the Compost REALLY need another thesis, don't you? Kumar may be new to the country, and unaware how Virginia works, but at some point you must give us a reason to vote FOR your candidate. The constant negative drumbeat of attacks on Bob McDonnell is tired..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 14, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Is this a Deeds/WaPo ticket? Sure seems like it. You and your pals are getting a little feistier as election day nears. It's fully expected. Keep up with the distractions. Bob McDonnell talks about the issues and continues to distinguish himself from the Deeds/WaPo campaign.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | October 14, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Of course the McDonnell campaign didn't address the issue. Whereas Deeds, when he was asked about his vagueness in answering about taxes, didn't reply, "what I said is what I said." No, Deeds answered the question honestly.

Haven't seen much honesty from McDonnell. Just slickness.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 14, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

hitpoints - actually, Deeds said "I think I made myself clear, young lady" when he dodged the tax question in Fairfax.

Posted by: jrhoeft | October 15, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I think you will see a backlash against the Democrats in Congress in the Virginia election. Not necessarily against Obama, but the Democrats in Congress. What I have seen in the sorry case of healthcare reform and beginning to see in the earliest stages of financial reform, is how the Democrats on the Hill take millions in campaign contributions from the industries they seek to regulate and thus are incapable of bringing about reform. but they sure like to talk about it. They want us to believe they are different from the Republicans but I wonder. They are sabotaging themselves by asking us to believe their values are different by looking at what they say, not at what they actually do.

Many companies have discriminatory hiring policies that can be ascertained from a Griggs-type analysis, rather than from a stated policy. In Griggs v. Duke Power Company, the Supreme Court established, if you will, a formula, to ascertain if there was de facto discrimination. While not a quota system, the case offered a statistical guideline as to discrimination in hiring.

Basically, a lot of companies or nonprofits or educational institutions have lots of wonderful statements they make but the way they actually treat their employees, despite their wonderful statements, is abominable. Women have affairs with the men because women just don't get ahead and the kind of women who get promoted have qualities most of us find offensive when found in any specimen of humanity, deplorable in men as well as women.

Most American companies discriminate against women and if you think any university is actually a good place for women to get ahead, think twice.

I have heard that the wonderful Washington Post itself has been a virtual den of iniquity such that women who have affairs with editors are grossly favored by being allowed lengthy, unedited pieces that go on for column inch after column inch to the point of exhaustion, in the Style section of that paper. Men who go out with 23 year old female interns and eventually marry them see these women promoted way beyond their capabilities.

So you hypocrites at the Washington Post, please remember: Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones and your mansion is not made of Steuben glass, my friends. It is made of the stuff you find in drinking glasses at the dollar store. Common, ordinary sexism.

Don't tell me those days are over. I know better.

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | October 16, 2009 2:42 AM | Report abuse

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