The following statement is from Sen. Donald McEachin:
Statement by Senator Donald McEachin on GA’s Failure to Appoint Tracy Thorne-Begland
RICHMOND, VA – Today, Senator Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) made the following statement on the General Assembly’s failure to appoint Tracy Thorne-Begland to the Richmond District Court.
“Tracy Thorne-Begland is a highly qualified and exceptionally competent prosecutor, who also served our country with honor as a Navy pilot. The blatant prejudice that Republicans displayed last night should have no place in our government. The GOP took Virginia back to the bigotry and mean-spirited prejudice of the 1960s. I thought we had made more progress toward a just society than this.
“The only criteria legislators should apply when selecting judges are that person’s ability to fairly and impartially weigh the law. Mr. Thorne-Begland’s qualifications for appointment to the bench were unimpeachable, but Republicans cynically voted against his appointment just because he was gay,” said Senator McEachin.