(CNN) – An outspoken and provocative conservative who emerged from Saturday's Republican Party of Virginia Convention as the party's nominee for lieutenant governor once compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and blasted African-Americans for their "slavish devotion" to the Democratic Party.
E.W. Jackson, an African-American pastor and attorney from Chesapeake, made the comments in a self-produced "message to black Christians" posted on YouTube last year.
"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 far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was," he said in the video. "And the Democrat Party and the black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide."
Sensing an opportunity to tie Jackson to the rest of the Republican ticket in Virginia, especially conservative gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli, Democrats have already started highlighting those remarks and others in emails to reporters.
Cuccinelli, the state Attorney General, will face Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, in the November election.
"Extremely divisive rhetoric from Jackson and Cuccinelli reflects the social agenda they would impose on Virginia. At a time when Virginians are looking for leaders who focus on jobs, the Tea Party has nominated a ticket whose careers have been defined by a radical social agenda," McAuliffe campaign spokesman Brennan Bilberry said in a statement.
Cuccinelli and Jackson were nominated at Saturday's GOP convention in Richmond, where Jackson beat out six other candidates for the number two spot on the ticket. Party activists tapped Mark Obenshain to be their nominee for attorney general.
Jackson, the founder of a nondenominational church, is a former Marine and graduate of Harvard Law School. But he is rapidly becoming known for a raft of controversial statements that have bubbled up online in the wake of his surprise victory on Saturday. He has publicly questioned President Barack Obama's faith and has been spearheading efforts to recruit black Democrats to the GOP since last year, when he unsuccessfully ran for Senate in Virginia.
"Shame on us for allowing ourselves to be sold to the highest bidder. We belong to God," he said in the video. "Our ancestors were sold against their will centuries ago, but we're going through the slave market voluntarily today."
As lieutenant governor, Jackson would hold the tie-breaking vote in what is currently an evenly divided state Senate. Republicans currently hold the lieutenant governorship and control of the 40-seat body. But with the unpolished Jackson as the GOP nominee, Democrats are now a safe bet to pick up the lieutenant governor's office and control of the senate.
Democrats will decide their nominee in a June 11 primary. To the frustration of establishment Republicans, GOP activists in the state chose to nominate their candidates at a convention instead of in a primary, a move that gave a relatively small group of conservative activists control over the nomination process.
A purple state, Virginia currently has a Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, but voted for Obama in the last two presidential elections.
Poll numbers so far show neither party with a sizable lead in the race, less than six months before Election Day. Because Virginia voters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately, it's possible that the winners could be from different parties.
– CNN's Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.
[R]s and their amusing non-stop clown show are providing FOR FREE to the [D]s campaign ads that would have cost millions to produce.
I am in awe our precient forefathers who gave us the first amendment, a right that allows the stupidest of our citizens to freely advertise that fact to the rest of us.....and thereby warn us of the rightwing malignancy that infests our dear country. This thread is loaded with [R]ightwing racists who are so self-loathing about their beliefs that all they can muster are weak attempts to paint the rest of us with the evils that they so willingly embrace themselves. Some of our [R] bretheren are absolutely loathable vermin......and I celebrate the fact that they are so clueless in their intent to publicly advertise it.
Wow, what a delusional way of thinking. Christian pastor? How does someone with so much hate and anger justify being a Christian. Amazing how spiritual leaders are so spiritually IGNORANT!
Why is it Republicans insist upon trying to kill women?
Funny, I thought it was the NRA that was like the KKK.
Who's crazier? This guy or the guys in the party that chose him to be the one to run and represent them? I am glad I do not live in Virginia.
Keep talking GOP... keep talking... the more you say, the more you shoot yourself in the foot.
Those of us from Mississippi don't throw around comparisons to the KKK lightly.
It's like calling people you don't agree with Nazis. Do it enough and you blunt the meaning of what it really means.
Actually, the KKK was originally populated by democrats who wanted to preserve the old-south.
The KKK in the 1940-1980s again were Blue-dog democrats.
REMEMBER it was democratic Governors who opposed integration! George Wallace.
Republicans from Lincoln on aided blacks in the south. Blacks had MORE elected representatives during and after reconstruction to state and federal offices than after.
The KKK was mostly democratic in the South. Read history.
I thought one of the goals of the KKK was for targeted birth control. So I suppose the man has a valid point.
I think (hope) the majority of the people of Virginia are probably smart enough to know that this guy isn't running on all cylinders.
This is an absurd comparison. The KKK never killed 1.3 million babies per year.
I bet he is a closet Democrat trying to make the GOP look bad.
When do Republicans learn that their Christian Right agenda will lose for them everytime.
He has very valid points with regard to modern day slavery. Refreshing to see a politician break from the sheep to express independent viewpoints.
Oh that's rich! A GOP'er comparing Planned Parenthood to his party's base!
Just when you think you've seen the most insane lunacy the Wrong Wing can come up with, they throw another curveball like this loon.
I love Republicans..every time we give them an opportunity to become a force again, they shoot themselves in the foot. It really shouldn't be this easy...we would be much better off with two political parties. But it is what it is.