Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
In Fredericksburg, E.W. Jackson defends controversial comments, but says they don’t paint full picture
Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson says those who are criticizing him for comments on gays, abortion and Planned Parenthood are also attacking other Christians who agree with him.
Within minutes of Jackson’s nomination at the Republican convention Saturday night, Democrats began publicizing videos of his more controversial comments in recent years.
Those comments include statements that gay people are ”very sick people” and said that Planned Parenthood has been more dangerous to black people than the KKK.
Asked about those comments at a rally in Fredericksburg today, Jackson said he stands by them, but that they don’t paint the full picture of who he is.
He said those criticizing him aren’t putting his comments in the context of his faith, and suggested that such criticism is an attacks on Christian beliefs that homosexuality and abortion are sins.
“I think that it’s incumbent upon people to understand the values that emanate from folks,” Jackson said. “I say the things I say because I’m a Christian. It’s not because I hate anybody. But because I have religious values that matter to me. So attacking me because I adhere to those principles is attacking every churchgoing person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody that believes we all deserve to live. I don’t have anything to rephrase or apologize for. People should not paint me as one dimensional. I have a whole lot of concerns.”
Those other concerns, he said, include the economic message being touted by gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.