Monday, August 31, 2009

Is Virginia for Misogynists? Ask the Virginia Republican Candidate for Governor.

At age 34, two years before his first election and two decades before he would run for governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master's thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators." He described as "illogical" a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.

The 93-page document, which is publicly available at the Regent University library, culminates with a 15-point action plan that McDonnell said the Republican Party should follow to protect American families -- a vision that he started to put into action soon after he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. During his 14 years in the General Assembly, McDonnell pursued at least 10 of the policy goals he laid out in that research paper, including abortion restrictions, covenant marriage, school vouchers and tax policies to favor his view of the traditional family. In 2001, he voted against a resolution in support of ending wage discrimination between men and women.

In his run for governor, McDonnell, 55, makes little mention of his conservative beliefs and has said throughout his campaign that he should be judged by what he has done in office, including efforts to lower taxes, stiffen criminal penalties and reform mental health laws. He reiterated that position Saturday in a statement responding to questions about his thesis. "There is a just a massive effort underway to rebrand Bob McDonnell, and his whole legislative career speaks otherwise," said former delegate Barnie K. Day (D-Patrick), who supports Deeds.

"The voters have a right to know who these candidates really are."
"Virginians will judge me on my 18-year record as a legislator and Attorney General and the specific plans I have laid out for our future -- not on a decades-old academic paper I wrote as a student during the Reagan era and haven't thought about in years." McDonnell added: "Like everybody, my views on many issues have changed as I have gotten older."

TPJ: Nice con-job there Bob McCONnell, er, i mean McDonnell. He claims thesis he wrote was purely an academic exercise and clearly does not reflect his views. Well I'm sure that his former university will be pleased to hear that he thinks their master's program is just "an academic exercise." You don't go through the tedium of writing a 90+ page thesis for a graduate degree without really believing in what you write. Besides as the article said we see that for 14 years he actively pursued implimentation of at least 10 of the 15 points he recommended in his thesis that the Republican party strive for. As late as 2001 he was still standing against gender equality by voting against equal pay for equal work. You don't have to be a government policy wonk to understand the motive behind a "no" vote on that one.

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