Thanks to Michael in Norfolk for the tip on this one. It turns out that Scott Rigell’s website lists the Reverend Lou Sheldon – chairman of the “Traditional Values Coalition”, as an endorser of Rigell’s candidacy for Congress. A screenshot of the endorsement is on the “flip” (also, click on the image above to “embiggen”). So, what’s the problem with being endorsed by Reverend Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition?
First of all, as Michael in Norfolk points out, the TVC is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an “active anti-gay hate group.” That’s right, a hate group, listed right along with groups like the Nation of Islam, the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, etc.
Second, Sheldon and the Traditional Values Coalition are simply bat**** crazy, espousing the view for instance that:
A dangerous Marxist/Leftist/Homosexual/Islamic coalition has formed – and we’d better be willing to fight it with everything in our power. These people are playing for keeps. Their hero, Mao Tse Tung is estimated to have murdered upwards of 60 million people during his reign of terror in China. Do we think we can escape such persecution if we refuse to fight for what is right?
As I said, they’re completely, absolutely, Dick Black-level, bat**** crazy.
Finally, as if all that’s not bad enough – and it is! – Rev. Sheldon is also linked closely to the Jack Abramoff and Mariana Islands worker abuse scandals!
more after the “fold”
Sheldon was an associate of Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist jailed for influence peddling. Sheldon worked with Abramoff to lobby members of the US Congress to kill the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. Abramoff directed his client, eLottery, to direct $25,000 in payments to Sheldon’s Traditional Values Coalition.
The TVC has also been linked to the Mariana Islands worker abuse scandal. The organization was used by Abramoff to pay for the trip of at least one member of Congress to visit the island, then-Congressman Bob Schaffer. The Denver Post reported that the TVC paid the $13,000 travel bill for the trip, organized by Abramoff’s lobbying firm.
This is who has endorsed Scott Rigell for Congress. The question is, will Rigell disavow this endorsement and remove it from his website immediately? If not, we must assume that Rigell agrees with this crazy, corrupt “hate group.” Which will it be, Mr. Rigell?