Republican Party activists in Virginia nominated over the weekend the firebrand conservative E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor to run on the ticket alongside Ken Cuccinelli.
Jackson’s made a name for himself, calling homosexuals “perverted” and “very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.” Just a couple of years ago, Jackson called the Constitution’s three-fifths compromise an “anti-slavery” amendment.
Might this doom the Virginia Republican Party’s effort to keep the executive mansion? A Quinnipiac poll out just over a week ago showed Democratic hopeful Terry McAuliffe beating Cuccinelli by 5 percentage points, but a Washington Post poll out a week earlier showed Cuccinnelli up by 10 points.
Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Slate political reporter Dave Weigel to discuss the story.