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GOP Cuccinelli declines to defend Jackson comments

Jackson remarks on social issues draw questions

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  • E. W. Jackson

    E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor acknowledged Wednesday that he used marijuana and experimented with other controlled substances in his youth.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:00 am

Within hours of E.W. Jackson’s nomination as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, many Republicans and Democrats alike began to wonder whether the political newcomer who took the convention by storm will help Ken Cuccinelli’s ticket — or damage it.

The Chesapeake pastor and attorney, who last year unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate, has linked homosexuality to pedophilia. He has called gays and lesbians “sick” and “perverted” and has accused the Democratic Party of being “anti-God,” urging black Virginians to “not betray God” and join Republicans.

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