Campaign 2010

Jun 05, 2013

Peas in a Pod: Congressman Rigell Says He’ll Vote for E.W. Jackson

Congressman Scott Rigell announced last night that he’ll be voting for extremist E.W Jackson to become Virginia’s next Lt. Governor – the latest in a string of moves by Congressman Rigell to put partisanship and ideology first. In fact, Congressman Rigell’s ties to the controversial nominee go back to the days when he donated to the right-wing Family Foundation of Virginia while E.W. Jackson was Chaplain and Fundraiser.

“It’s no surprise that Congressman Rigell is voting for E.W. Jackson since Congressman Rigell and E.W. Jackson both support the same extremist agenda that is out of touch with Virginia’s values,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Congressman Rigell even gave money to controversial, extreme groups that E.W. Jackson was fundraising for. Hampton Roads residents are facing furloughs and struggling under Congressman Rigell’s damaging sequester – they need real leadership they can trust to focus on growing Virginia’s economy. But Congressman Rigell’s decision to back E.W. Jackson shows that Congressman Rigell, just like E.W. Jackson, would rather pursue an extreme, divisive agenda that does nothing to help Virginia businesses create jobs and is out touch with the Commonwealth’s values.”

Peas in a Pod: Congressman Rigell and E.W. Jackson

Lt. Governor Nominee E.W. Jackson Was Chaplain and Fundraiser for the Family Foundation of Virginia. According to his campaign website, E.W. Jackson served as chaplain for the Family Foundation of Virginia. The Family Foundation of Virginia called Jackson their chaplain and head of their “Pastors for Family Values arm.” Previously, Jackson was featured at a fundraiser for the Family Foundation and The Valley Family Forum, a grassroots chapter of the Family Foundation. [Jackson for LG, accessed 5/29/13; Family Foundation, 7/31/10; Family Foundation, 5/12/11]


Congressman Rigell Was a Supporter of the Family Foundation of Virginia. In 2010, the Family Foundation of Virginia identified then Congressman-elect Rigell as “a donor to our organization.” [Family Foundation, 11/03/10]


Lt. Governor Candidate E.W. Jackson Called Gays “Frankly Very Sick.” “Jackson has said that gays are ‘frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally’; and there is ‘a direction connection’ between homosexuality and pedophilia; that the gay rights movement ‘attempts to poison our children, divide them from their parents and the teaching of the church and basically turn them into paws for that movement so they can sexualize them at the earliest possible age.’” [Bloomberg, 5/20/13]


Congressman Rigell Voted in Support of the Defense of Marriage Act.  In 2011, Rigell voted to support the defense of marriage act. The amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill banned the use of any funds to be used in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act. [Los Angeles Times, 7/09/11; HR 2219, Vote #516, 7/07/11]


Lt. Governor Nominee E.W. Jackson Compared Planned Parenthood to the KKK. In 2013, CNN reported that Jackson said in an online video, “The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been for more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was…And the Democrat Party and the black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide.” [CNN, 5/19/13]


Congressman Rigell Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood.  In 2011, Rigell  voted to prohibit Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from receiving federal funding. [H Con Res 36, Vote #271, 4/14/11; The Hill, 4/12/11