|For those of you not familiar with him, Virginia Del. Scott Lingamfelter is a far-right-wing Republican (mis)representing the 31st House of Delegates district (parts of Prince William, Fauquier Counties). This is a “purple-ish” district which Mark Herring won narrowly (51%-49%) in 2013 and which Mark Warner lost narrowly (50%-48%) in 2014, so you’d think that Lingamfelter might be interested in moving just a weeeeee bit to the center. But noooooo…this guy’s as big of a right wingnut as any in the Virginia General Assembly, among other things an “Agenda 21” conspiracy theorist and global warming denier. In other words, the guy’s a bit…uh, “out there,” let’s just put it that way.
With that, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised at his latest wackiness (see screen shot of Lingamfelter’s Facebook post), accusing the “Democrat [sic] Party of Virginia” of making “calls last night trying to capitalize on the tragic shooting in Oregon.” The ever-creative Lingamfelter also somehow tries to drag Sen. Tim Kaine into this, taking a comment Kaine made eight years ago – and also completely out of context – to try and gin up hysteria against the supposed “gutter politics” by Virginia Democrats. I checked with DPVA Communications Director Stephen Carter, and also spoke with Sen. Kaine’s office, and basically confirmed what I first suspected: Lingamfelter is totally pulling this stuff out of his butt. A few points.
1. According to DPVA, they didn’t do any “calls last night trying to capitalize on the tragic shooting in Oregon.” Or anything even remotely resembling such a thing. Again, Lingamfelter’s just making stuff up out of whole cloth.
Riiiight, so Kaine was responding to a question about PRO-gun lobbyists, and his statement was about making the Virginia Tech shootings the basis for a fundraising email or campaign by said lobbyists. Neither of which any arm of the Democratic Party of Virginia (or its sister organizations) did last night, as Del. Lingamfelter wildly and erroneously charged. #FAIL all around, except perhaps in revving up his rabid, right-wingnut “base?”P.S. Of course, Lingamfelter is part of the same party with presidential candidates who just blatantly lie (e.g., Carly Fiorina’s imaginary scene from the anti-Planned Parenthood hit videos by anti-choice extremists) and then, when called on their lying, simply double down with more lies. Obviously, Lingamfelter fits very well into that party, which is a frightening thought in and of itself. Let’s just hope this guy loses on November 3 to Democrat Sara Townsend.