The Weekly Standard is firing back at Democrats and the Washington Post for hammering away at Bob McDonnell, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, over his hard-right thesis/political manifesto that he wrote at age 34.
The Standard has now unearthed some campaign literature from Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds, published in a 1999 legislative campaign, in which Deeds defended his qualifications as a social conservative, after his opponent accused him of supporting “special rights” for gays:
NO SPECIAL RIGHTS FOR GAYS
I don’t believe in discrimination, but I don’t believe in special rights for anyone. I have never voted to allow gay partners to receive medical insurance — or any other benefit — from the state. It’s sad that Mr. Collins has to resort to bigotry and hate-mongering.
Granted, it’s not as bad as the out-and-out theocracy from the McDonnell thesis, but the Standard sees the opportunity to drive a wedge into the Dem coalition, saying the comment “might shock the sensibilities of socially liberal Northern Virginians.”
TPM has contacted the Deeds campaign for comment, but they do not have a comment as of this time.