May 4, 2007 - The Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club today endorsed 24 incumbent Virginia legislators for re-election in the fall of 2007. Included were 19 members of the House of Delegates and five state Senators.Interesting rhetoric, but (like its authors) perverse. Apparently, fairness for the Democrat Party's "Brokeback" contingent means granting to they the authority to redefine language to suit their perversions.
Those endorsed today were all endorsed by Virginia Partisans when they last ran for election or re-election, either in 2005 (Delegates) or 2003 (Senators), and they were all elected then. Most significantly, all 24 of these endorsees voted against the anti-gay-marriage amendment at every opportunity during the legislative process, and worked against it during the ballot campaign last fall.
"We will be making additional endorsements in the 140 total House and Senate races," said Charley Conrad, Partisans President, "but we wanted to make these very special endorsements early on. We had faith in these fine legislators two and four years ago, and they kept the faith with us, consistently voting for fairness for the LGBT community. By any standard, they deserve our community's strong support for re-election."
The list of endorsees was heavily weighted with Northern Virginians- 18 of the 24 were from Fairfax City or County, Arlington County, Alexandria, Falls Church or Loudoun County. Del. Adam Ebbin, the only openly-gay member of the Virginia legislature, was on the list, as was David Englin, the only sponsor this year of a bill to repeal last year's Marshall-Newman constitutional amendment.
"We're proud of the fact that every candidate we endorsed in the general elections of 2003 and 2005 who was elected went on to vote against the Marshall-Newman amendment," noted Tom Osborne, Treasurer of the group. "No other group representing the LGBT community can say that - not Equality Virginia, and certainly not the Virginia Log Cabin Republicans. We're careful about who we endorse. We're not 'yellow dog Democrats' - we're looking for Democrats who are pro-fairness. You'll see that clearly in the coming weeks, when we're likely to endorse the opponents of some incumbent Democrats!"
Virginia Partisans operates a state PAC, and many of those on the endorsement list will be receiving campaign contributions from that PAC. "Regardless of where you live, members of the LGBT community can help the cause of fairness in Virginia by contributing to the Virginia Partisans PAC. You can also help by contributing your time and/or dollars directly to any of our endorsed candidates," Osborne noted.
Prior to today, Virginia Partisans had only made one endorsement in the 2007 legislative races - endorsing Bruce Roemmelt in his campaign to unseat incumbent Republican Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County), one of the principal sponsors of the Marshall-Newman amendment against gay marriage and civil unions.
Those endorsed today, with their districts and principal area represented (some represent parts of other jurisdictions as well) are:
Sen. John Edwards (D-21 - Roanoke)
Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-30 - Alexandria)
Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31 - Arlington)
Sen. Janet Howell (D-32 - Fairfax County)
Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36 - Fairfax County)
House of Delegates
Del. Jim Shuler (D-12 - Blacksburg/Southwest Virginia)
Del. David Poisson (D-32 - Loudoun County)
Del. Ken Plum (D-36 - Fairfax County)
Del. David Bulova (D-37 - Fairfax City)
Del. Bob Hull (D-38 - Fairfax County)
Del. Vivian Watts (D-39 - Fairfax County)
Del. David Marsden (D-41 - Fairfax County)
Del. Mark Sickles (D-43 - Fairfax County)
Del. Kris Amundson (D-44 - Fairfax County)
Del. David Englin (D-45 - Alexandria)
Del. Brian Moran (D-46 - Alexandria)
Del. Al Eisenberg (D-47 - Arlington)
Del. Bob Brink (D -48 - Arlington)
Del. Adam Ebbin (D-49 - Arlington)
Del. Jim Scott (D-53 - Falls Church)
Del. David Toscano (D-57-Charlottesville)
Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-71 - Richmond)
Del. Jeion Ward (D-92 - Hampton)
Del. Mayme BaCote (D-95 - Hampton/Newport News)
The truly disturbing thing is in the fact that so many legislative members of the Democrat Party have so little regard for the will of the people of the Commonwealth. If promoting perversion is the leading agenda of the Democrat Party, it bodes well for GOP prospects in November.