Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker today released the following statement on failed lieutenant governor candidate and far-right extremist E.W. Jackson joining neo-Confederate sympathizer Corey Stewart and Delegate Nick Freitas in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate:
“E.W. Jackson joining Corey Stewart and Delegate Nick Freitas in the Senate race confirms that the far right has taken over the Virginia Republican Party. As I've said before, if these candidates were any further right they would be 50 miles off of Virginia Beach. All three of these candidates are racing to the right to see who could be the biggest lapdog in the Senate for Donald Trump’s dangerous, divisive agenda that benefits those at the very top at the expense of everyone else.
"Jackson is notorious for his offensive, disgusting views. He wants to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides vital health care services to underserved populations, and called it 'far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.’ He questioned President Obama's faith, called him 'evil' and 'the Antichrist, compared Obamacare to slavery, and called LGBTQ people 'perverted' and 'very sick.' Simply put, we can't trust someone with this twisted worldview to fight for all Virginians in the Senate.
"Virginians deserve a leader committed to growing our economy, strengthening our health care, and protecting us at home and abroad -- and that's Tim Kaine. As Virginia Republicans continue to elevate and prop up dangerous, out-of-touch candidates, the choice for Virginians in 2018 could not be more clear.”