Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK
May 19th, 2013
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Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK

(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.

Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Planned Parenthood • Virginia
soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Jack Rivera

    The guy sounds right to me, remember who started Planned Parenthood and what her goals were Sanger, her name was.

    May 20, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. circular logic

    Dont get your panties in a wad now. KKK simply refers to any baseball pitcher striking out the entire 3 out inning. Those who think differently get your brain out of the gutter. This politican running for office used to be a baseball pitcher.

    May 20, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Mary

    OTGTX: Malarkey. Any OB/GYN can give you a prescription for oral contraceptives. PP makes $5 Billion a year. It doesn't make the big bucks from oral contraceptives. Abortion is a very profitable business.

    May 20, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    . "Our ancestors were sold against their will centuries ago, but we're going through the slave market voluntarily today."
    Well, I don't know about all that "voluntarily" stuff, for example, can you tell us how much the GOP is paying you to be their new "let's see if this token fits" or "how far will this token get us"?
    It is hard to get worked up anymore behind these so-called CONservative Blacks.
    Stevie Wonder can see where they are headed and what they are using them for, why can't they? Or maybe they can but the pull of being in the limelight acting like crabs in a barrel towards the first Black POTUS is too tempting.
    How much or what have the GOP backers (Rove, Koch Brothers, Tea Party) promised you in return for you selling out to them?
    Shameful. And you call yourself a pastor, more like a pimp on the pulpit.

    May 20, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Dori

    It sounds to me like the Virginia GOP is trying to change the state motto to "Virginia is for haters." How sad.

    May 20, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Eddie B

    I am a democrat and I am against abortion we have become a throw away generation can't afford it kill it. well I beleive that Society has rolled so far left that we have lost all our moral Conscience. we need to instill a moral fabric back into our society that we put sex back were it belongs in marrage and beleive in the fact that a father should work to pay for his child not leave the family causing the women to raise the child on wefare. I know there is a long way to go on that but thats is only because we have allowed ourselves to fall back a long way.

    May 20, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Andrew McCauley

    Insanity (n): 1) Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. 2) The GOP

    May 20, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Personally, I think this man is a bit off the wall. Then again, most GOPerville candidates emerging as "rising stars" in the Grand Old Party are all off the wall in one way or another.

    I also think that the GOP rebranding effort Mr. Priebus keeps polishing needs a few more tweeks. E.W. Jackson isn't going to help pull a Republican genie out of that Republican wish list bottle anymore than Allen West or Herman Cain did.

    May 20, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. TruePatriots

    Another lead ballon.

    May 20, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. Mark

    @Dori ... why? What is hating about pointing out that aboritions in planned parenthood clinics have led to more deaths than the atrocities by the KKK? What is hating about that?

    May 20, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Notagopfan

    GOP? How low can you go? This is why the nation is divided. Irresponsible comments like this will only push blacks further away from the GOP. And don't even think about the Latino population joining the GOP with all the hate speech. Thanks for the invite, but I respectfully decline.

    May 20, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. That's just crazy talk

    Hilarious since this guy pretty much joined the party that is the KKK. Psssst Mr Jackson, they only let you in the GOP because they need you.

    May 20, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. NameRolph

    Wake up people before you are told what you can read- who you can marry-what you are allowed to believe in- what your sex life should be – who you can date-
    Their goal is to return to the dark ages when your life decisions are made by others.
    A pox on them. Wake up before its too late

    May 20, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. George

    circular logic: Nice try at saving this fool and his party from an absurd, insulting and ignorant position.

    May 20, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. Peoples State of Illinois

    Let PP keep giving those abortions to the urban youth. Helps keeps the population of "undesirables," under control.

    May 20, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. nofaithinamericanpoliticians

    Looks like the GOP still has an open call out for mixed nuts.

    May 20, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. Ron Jeremy's stunt double

    When a black man thinks for himself (aka a conservative) and doesn't follow the democrat party in lock step, he is HATED by the party that claims to hate hate.

    May 20, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. ellid

    What utter nonsense.

    May 20, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. ja

    another alan keyes, some people pretend to care about life, once a child of certain races are born they close all doors for opportunity, you don't represent the icons in the picture hanging behind you

    May 20, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. erin

    His tirade clearly shows how desperately we need a national health service, with a good coverage in mental health. So many of us need it!

    May 20, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. NameRolph

    The Republicans don't want control of just government- that is just the next step in controlling YOU.
    Think about it. They are so desperate because they are afraid they are losing control and don't trust you enough to be able to make your own decisions. They will be happy to make all your decisions for you

    May 20, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. Rosslaw

    Maybe this guy should take a poll within the Va. GOP to determine what percentage of that party wishes they could sell him against his will today.

    May 20, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Michael Lee

    had to be a pastor lol...

    conservatives are so either gotta be super religious...or scared and superstitious to join the party of no scientists allowed lol

    May 20, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. Edwin

    Mary: Planned Parenthood provides free or lw cost health services to poor women. And most of their money comes from sources other than abortion (check their annual reports... OR check the fine print on conservative websites attacking PP).

    May 20, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Odo

    WOW – empowering women to make their own reproductive choices and providing health care to women is the same as forcing blacks into servitude?? What a tool....

    May 20, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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