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Mark Herring: Statements Made at Cuccinelli Rally “a disgrace to Loudoun County & the Commonwealth”


The following statement is from the Mark Herring for Attorney General campaign. Also see the video in the comments section, and the photo to the right of Mark Obenshain and this John Whitbeck character. 


Candidate calls for Obenshain and Cuccinelli supporter to make a public apology

Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Herring condemned inflammatory comments made by 10th District Republican Committee chairman John Whitbeck. Whitbeck – who has been a strong supporter of Mark Obenshain – made the offensive comments during a rally for Ken Cuccinelli. Herring released the following statement:

“As a representative of Loudoun County, I have worked hard to foster an environment that is welcoming of people of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds. Mr. Whitbeck’s comments stand in stark contrast to those beliefs, and the efforts of so many in our community to promote acceptance.

“His comments were offensive, deplorable and a disgrace to Loudoun County and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Whitbeck needs to issue a public apology immediately for his statement, and every candidate on the Republican ticket should condemn these types of inflammatory comments.” 


During a rally for the Cuccinelli campaign earlier today, it was reported by the Washington Postthat Whitbeck “kicked off the festivities by telling a joke about how the head of the Jewish religion presented the pope with a long, elaborate document that the Jewish leader said was a bill for the last supper.” 

  • Why Ken Cuccinelli and his political allies think its appropriate to open a political rally with a mean-spirited joke using the lowest stereotypes of Jewish people is beyond comprehension. Statements like these are divisive, offensive and below the standard we set for our political discourse. They should apologize for these offensive statements.

  • demomatic

    $250        Comstock for Delegate – Barbara

    $245 Republican Party – Virginia 10th Congressional District

    $150        Cuccinelli for Governor – Ken

    $125 Letourneau for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – Matt  

  • they “don’t even know who the guy [John Whitbeck] is.” Oh really? Then why is this on Whitbeck’s Facebook page?

    John Whitbeck

    October 6, 2011

    Everyone save the date for October 18 from 7-9pm at the Lansdowne Resort. I am hosting an event for future Senator Patricia Phillips with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Patricia’s victory is critical to our efforts to retake the VA State Senate.

    And how about this image, also from Whitbeck’s page, of him posing with Ken Cuccinelli?

    Finally, note that Whitbeck was the EMCEE for Cuccinelli’s own event!  Of course they know who Whitbeck is! LaCivita’s just lying through his teeth (not exactly surprising for Mr. Swiftboat).

  • Andy Schmookler

    As one who was not long ago on the campaign trail, looking for opportunities to strike a blow in the combat that a political campaign is, I just want to say that I’ve been impressed with level of awareness and of tactical skill that Mark Herring has demonstrated in his punches.

    Candidates are always pouncing on things, but it takes something that a lot of candidates lack to perceive the openings that matter and throw the punch through the opening.  Today’s move is good lawyering, as well as good politicking.  But it is also more.  

    In this case, for instance, Herring shows an awareness of how this “joke” exposes some of the dark side of the right wing that Mr. Herring is running against. Not only is the joke genuinely offensive, without requiring any distortion of the event, but it is offensive in a relevant way: the bigotry, the intolerance, the sheer ugliness that it represents, are part of the core of the dirty soul of a party that’s nominated the Extreme Team.

    I’ve been for Herring since before he got the nomination. But this is one instance where the candidate’s conduct of the campaign has intensified my support, giving me some real excitement about what he might be able to accomplish as Virginia’s attorney general.

  • MShapiro

    While this joke was totally inappropriate for the setting and as Senator Herring put it “a disgrace to Loudoun County & the Commonwealth” it most certainly was not anti-semetic. I mean seriously, you have to be into the whole cult of victimhood thing and have incredibly thin skin to consider it so. I hear far worse things during holiday dinners, it’s not like he told a joke about the Holocaust. I actually thought the joke was hilarious, probably the funniest Jew joke I’ve ever heard next to “if you like watching TV and movies you probably like Jews after all…”

  • Marc Broklawski, the Chair of the First Congressional District Democratic Committee, released the following statement today condemning anti-semitic remarks made at yesterday’s Ken Cuccinelli Tea Party rally in Sterling:

    “Yesterday at a rally for Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign, a senior Republican official made a deeply offensive joke about some of the worst stereotypes of people of the Jewish faith. It is disappointing that Virginia Republicans find it appropriate to open political rallies with anti-semitic slanders, and downright upsetting to hear that Ken Cuccinelli said exactly nothing to condemn those remarks when it came his time to speak at yesterday’s events.”

    “Remarks like these divide Virginians when we should be coming together to solve the problems we face together. Instead of trying to convince Virginians he doesn’t know Mr. Whitbeck, Ken Cuccinelli should condemn this offensive rhetoric.”