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Lt. Governor candidate visits Tuesday

South Boston News
Jackson / July 15, 2013
E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, will bring his campaign to South Boston tomorrow from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hardee’s in Riverdale.

Jackson is slated to gather with local Republicans, who issued an invitation this week for members of the public to stop by and chat with him while he is in town. Jackson is also due to make appearances Tuesday in South Hill and in other Southside Virginia communities.

Jackson, who received the party’s nod for lieutenant governor at the statewide convention in May, is running against Democratic state senator Ralph Northam of Norfolk.

Jackson drew an early endorsement from local Delegate James Edmunds, but his candidacy has proven controversial among some Republicans, including current Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and 2nd District Congressman Scott Rigell, who have criticized Jackson for past inflammatory statements.

The Chesapeake minister has described gays as “very sick people psychologically and mentally and emotionally” and President Obama as “an evil presence” and liberal abortion policy as “infanticide.” He also has drawn criticism for saying Planned Parenthood has been “far more lethal” to African-Americans than the KKK.

Since becoming the Republican nominee, Jackson has sought to soften some of his past statements, saying they were made in his role as a minister, and not as a candidate for public office.

He also has spoken at length about his personal history, including being forced to declare bankruptcy in 1993 when his efforts to establish an AM gospel radio station in the Boston, Mass. area failed.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Harvard Law School, Jackson practiced small business law for 15 years in Boston. It was during that time he founded the gospel radio station in Boston. He managed it for nine years, during which time he hosted local and national radio talk shows and did a national commentary for a network of over 400 radio stations.

Jackson is the founder of Exodus Faith Ministries, a non-denominational Christian church in Chesapeake. In 2009, he launched STAND — Staying True to America’s National Destiny — a national organization dedicated to restoring America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and values.

Through his work at STAND, he gained national attention for a press conference held at the National Press Club calling Christians to leave the Democratic Party. He has been featured on shows of Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Dennis Miller, Laura Ingraham and other radio host programs.

His appearance in South Boston has inspired a counter-protest, which will also take place at Hardee’s at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The event, circulated on Facebook, is being organized by Aylor Talbott, a former teacher at Halifax County High School, who said the purpose is “to demonstrate how radical candidates like Jackson harm their own party and the political process in general.” He said about seven people have committed to show up so far.

Prior to winning the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, Jackson had run in the 2012 primary for U.S. Senate, losing to eventual nominee George Allen with 4 percent of the vote.

Jackson and his wife, Theodora, have been married for 42 years, have three children and reside in Chesapeake.

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If I'm not mistaken, Jackson was referring to a group of gay rights activists who disrupted a church service and spit on a priest as "sick people." Also, didn't Senator Obama support legislation in Illinois that favored infanticide?


Wow. We can tell who is in bed with. Bet you do not dig this deep into the private conversations of Democrats and misquote them!!


You can tear apart anyone if your intentions aren't honorable or honest. EW is both of these so you need to look at your motives if you espous false info.


His comment was a broad generalization about all gay people. He has since tried to "provide context" for his statement. The statement remains, among countless other homophobic, bigoted utterances. Do some gay people do bad things? Yes. But our prison population shows that quite a few Christians do as well.


Hi Aylor. I'm wondering if you can direct us to any interview or statement that supports your claim (that Jackson's statement was a broad generalization)? Also, I'm not sure I follow your last statement regarding the prison population. Please clarify?


This interview contains all sorts of horrifyingly bigoted statements:


This is Jackson's "apology" or "clarification." He was not referring to gays. “What I really said was that the gay rights movement, so called, the homosexual activists, engage in some behavior that is absolutely horrendous, and that’s true, everybody knows that." Notice, he doesn't say he was referring solely to the activists that engage in this behavior. He says he was referring to the entire "gay rights movement," some of whom engage in these behaviors. So, instead of calling gays "sick people," he really meant everyone who supports gay rights. Note also, this was not an isolated statement. Jackson has a long history of insensitive and nasty comments about gay people.


My prison comment: the U.S. prison population is predominately Christian. Therefore, some Christians commit crimes. But it would be unfair to say all Christians have a criminal nature. Just as it's unfair to condemn the entire gay rights movement due to a few isolated incidents. Within every social, religious and political group there are good and bad people.


Thanks for the clarification, Aylor. I agree that it isn't right to condemn the entire gay rights movement because of a few isolated incidents. I know several advocates for homosexuality who are appalled at the blatant disrespect some activists show towards Christians (especially clergy members). I, too, am appalled when hearing some of the things "Christian" activists say about homosexuals (case in point, Westboro Baptists - although it can be argued that they aren't Christians at all).

As for Jackson's clarification - how can you be positive that his "sick people" reference isn't towards those activists that resort to crude behavior (interrupting a service to shout at a priest and spit on him)? I would definitely call Westboro Christians sick people - not because of who they are as human beings, but because of the methods used for advancing their agenda.


I would question your claim about Jackson's history of insensitive comments about gay people. He has clarified that what sickens him is the radical activist movement. Context certainly is important. And unless I'm missing something, he provided context for his statement that should hopefully make clear who (or what it is, rather) that sickens him.


I suppose he may have misspoken, but considering he was clarifying an earlier statement, I would think he chose his words carefully. He said the gays rights movement engages in these activities. Had he said CERTAIN PEOPLE in the movement do these things, that would not be a blanket indictment. "Christians murder abortion doctors." While that sentence IS true, it's unfair to make such a broad statement. The "sick" behavior Bishop Jackson describes seems pretty tame to me. It sounds more like rudeness than sickness.


Dear Aylor,
People who talk to Jackson realize he's a kind individual with compassionate, new ideas. If you're worried about insensitive and nasty comments ("Jackson has a long history of insensitive and nasty comments"), I would hope you might start with your own page which says, "The Bible: promoting self-contradiction, injustice, cruelty, intollernace, death, and discrimination since 2000 BC!" That's a mighty strong and offensive statement.


It's a factual statement. It's a statement based on history and reality. It doesn't advocate the mistreatment of anyone. Jackson wants gay people not to have the same rights he enjoys. I challenge you to dispute any part of that statement.


To be clear, I fully support Bishop Jackson's right to say any insensitive and nasty thing he likes, about gays or anyone else. But if he says them, he shouldn't get offended when he is quoted. Nor should he expect reasonable people to vote for him.


For goodness sake people, Virginia would be lucky to have this intelligent Harvard grad as a representative. He is a great man and anyone who knows him will tell you he would be the best thing to represent VA in a long time. Not like the Progressives we've had. The only thing is, he just may be to smart to be elected in this very liberal state.


Too smart? The man who believes evolution isn't true because chimpanzees don't talk is too smart? Very liberal state? The state that elected Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli is very liberal?

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