Plum calls on McDonnell to remove original Confederate History Month proclamation from Web site
Del. Ken Plum, the Democratic caucus chairman in the House of Delegates, isn't satisfied with Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendment of his Confederate History Month proclamation to include slavery.
Plum is calling on McDonnell to ask the Sons of Confederate Veterans to post the new version of the proclamation on their Web site. The group still has up the old version up, which has no reference to slavery as the cause of the Civil War.
"The Governor's work on making amends for the thoughtless and hurtful proclamation issued from his office is not done until he rescinds the original proclamation and asks that it no longer be displayed,'' Plum said. "We cannot have people believing that the Governor with a wink and a nod is trying to appease all people with both versions of the Proclamation. It's no wonder that Virginians are confused, given McDonnell's initial defense and subsequent apology for the proclamation. Since Governor McDonnell created this confusion, it is his duty to clear it up."
The Sons of Confederate Veterans asked McDonnell to issue this year's proclamation and thanks him on the group's Web site.
Updated: The governor's office did not respond to our requests for comment today.
April 9, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
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