Two items in the last 24 hours really make you wonder if the Virginia GOP "extreme ticket" of Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain is also the "pro-puppy-mills/pro-elephant-killing ticket" as well.
Item #1: check out this story from the Washington Post:
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II (R) is scheduled to hold an Alexandria fundraiser next week co-hosted by an NRA consultant whose hunting show was canceled last month after he killed an elephant on safari and then compared the hunt’s critics to Hitler.Utterly appalling, but sadly par for the course for Ken Cuccinelli and the rest of his "extreme team" ticket, which has been bringing in a parade of right wing nutjobs to Virginia in recent days - Mike Huckabee (who "compare[d] Muslims to 'uncorked animals'"); corrupt Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz, Allen West, Mark Levin, the Duggars, etc, etc., etc. - to try and get the teahadists even MORE excited than they usually are about voting for nutjobs.
Cuccinelli’s campaign characterized the NRA consultant’s use of a Hitler comparison as unfortunate but said he would attend the event.
Tony Makris, who is listed as a co-host of the fundraiser for Cuccinelli Monday night at Club XIII in Old Town, came under withering fire in September after his appearance on an NRA-sponsored hunting show called “Under Wild Skies” on NBC’s Sports Network.
National Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Mark Herring for Attorney GeneralSo...it appears that on top of conducting an anti-climate-science "witch hunt", being anti-LGBT bigots, supporting a "personhood" amendment which would ban abortion and many forms of contraception (plus embryonic stem cell research and possibly in vitro fertilization), proposing legislation to criminalize miscarriages (!), trashing Planned Parenthood and bullying the state health board into forcing women's health clinics to close, and much much more, Ken Cuccinelli (and his running mates) are also the pro-puppy-mills, pro-elephant-killing ticket. In a bit over 3 weeks, it will be time to tell these guys where to take their viciousness and extremism - far, far away from Virginia!
Tea Party AG candidate Obenshain’s egregious record on humane treatment of animals exposed
Today, the Mark Herring for Attorney General campaign highlighted an endorsement from the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, for his support of legislation in the Virginia General Assembly to advance the humane treatment of animals, while exposing Mark Obenshain’s egregious record on animal welfare.
Mark Herring is the only candidate in Virginia to receive an endorsement by the national Humane Society Legislative Fund. The full announcement by can be found here.
“The Attorney General has an important role to play in enforcing the Commonwealth’s animal protection laws, and sending a message to the General Assembly and the public when gaps in the legal framework need to be addressed,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We urge Virginia voters who care about animal protection to reject Mark Obenshain’s extreme record, and to support Mark Herring for Attorney General.”
Mark Obenshain’s voting record includes:
*Being one of three Senators to vote against regulating puppy mills
*Voting against a bill to end competitive fox penning, an action so heinous that opponents call it “barbaric"
*Being one of two Senators who voted against increasing penalties for cockfighting
*Voting against requiring veterinarians and shelter employees to notify law enforcement officials if a dog showed signs of being forced into a fight
Humane Dominion, a nonpartisan group that endorsed Republicans and Democrats who advocate for the humane treatment of Virginia’s animals, previously endorsed Herring and noted the clear differences between Herring and Obenshain when it comes to animal welfare.
“Anyone who has a pet or believes that common sense precautions should be taken to keep animals safe should vote for Mark Herring. It’s that simple,” said Laura Donahue, Secretary of the Board with Humane Dominion. “Mark Herring has been a friend of pet owners and Mark Obenshain has a record that is simply indefensible. It really makes you wonder what motivated Mark Obenshain to vote this way so consistently. He may tell voters one thing, but the truth is Mark Obenshain has long record of voting in a way that puts animals, including dogs and other pets, in serious danger.”
Humane Dominion has been holding events with pet owners, animal lovers and proponents of animal welfare across the state to highlight the differences between Herring's and Obenshain's records when it comes to the humane treatment of animals.
“Mark Obenshain’s record on the treatment of animals is dismal and reflects a total lack of concern for their well being,” said Robin Starr, a noted advocate for the humane treatment of animals. “His voting record has been consistent in its opposition to any measure that would save animal lives or reduce their suffering. Time and time again, Obenshain not only voted against reasonable measures to protect animals, such as a bill that would have regulated the abuses of horrific puppy mills, but he also urged other legislators to do so as well. He even voted against the law that made animal fighting a felony in Virginia and helped to defeat the bill to limit fox penning. His record should appall any animal lover.