Friday, November 2, 2007

Wolf's Pal Jill Holtzman Vogel

Frank Wolf is a big backer of right-wing Republican Jill Holtzman Vogel, running to succeed Sen. Russ Potts in the 27th district against Democrat Karen Schultz. With the election just 4 days away, I thought I'd review a few points about Wolf's pal Jill Holtzman Vogel.

*She rails against the "homosexual lifestyle," but her husband "serves as a lobbyist for gay-friendly Viacom, which broadcasts shows condemned by conservatives such as Queer as Folk, The L Word, TransGeneration, and the cartoon Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple In All The World."

*She's caught up in a scandal involving Commonwealth's Attorney James E. Plowman (a supporter of Vogel's) and former Republican candidate Mark D. Tate (now facing politically motivated election fraud charges initiated by Plowman's office).

*She is against a woman's right to choose, opposes embryonic stem cell research, believes that life begins at conception, favors "school choice," etc.

*According to Russ Potts, quoted in the Washington Post, Vogel is "to the right of Attila the Hun and way out of the mainstream," noting that Vogel "oppose[s] abortion even in cases of rape or incest."

*She refuses to debate her opponent, sort of like Frank Wolf refuses to meet with the public.

In contrast, Holtzman Vogel's opponent, Karen Schultz, is a mainstream moderate endorsed by Mark Warner, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, the Virginia Coalition of Police and Deputy Sheriffs, the Virginia Hospital Association, and the National Association of Social Workers.

So, why does Frank Wolf, the supposed "moderate," support his pal Jill Holtman Vogel so strongly? Perhaps because, just as he rubber stamps George W. Bush on Iraq and most everything else, he's a rubber stamp for the far right wing here in Virginia as well? Yep, that's our boy, Frank Rudolph Wolf!

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