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VA Dems Chair on Jill Vogel Attacking Justin Fairfax’s Intelligence: “If it quacks like a duck…”

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A few minutes ago on a conference call (see below for audio) Virginia Democratic Party Chair Susan Swecker nailed Republican Lt. Governor nominee Jill Vogel for her disgusting, inexcusable attack on Democratic Lt. Governor nominee Justin Fairfax’s intelligence last night.  As Chairwoman Swecker explained (bolding added by me for emphasis):

We just wanted to make sure you saw the outlandish statement that came out of Jill Vogel’s mouth last night, questioning Justin Fairfax’s ability to talk intelligently about issues, and that you know how offended we are as a Democratic family about it.

For those of you that were there, like Sen. McClellan was, or for those of you who watched the video, you could audibly hear the gasps in the room. I was dumbfounded and astounded to hear those words come out of her mouth, and then I was immediately got calls, texts and…it was unbelievable.

As Justin pointed out in his response – and I have to say I admire him and respect him so much for his steady and strong response under such personal and petty attack, showing us again that he is prepared to be our next Lt. Governor – these types of personal attacks are exactly the type of politics that people are tired of and that they reject. Justin is a former prosecutor with degrees from Duke and Columbia, and to question his ability to “talk intelligently” is more like something from 1957 instead of 2017.

Now, I can’t speak to what was inside of Jill Vogel’s head, but the optics of a white woman saying that a black man with extraordinary credentials who last night spoke with substance and great command of the issues – those optics aren’t good. As we say in Highland County, if it quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

State Sen. Jennifer McClellan then proceeded to rip Jill Vogel for her infamous transvaginal ultrasound bill, and also reinforced Susan Swecker’s points about Justin Fairfax’s intelligence and qualifications. Meanwhile, as Sen. McClellan put it, all of Vogel’s personal attacks don’t change the fact that she “has yet to explain one of the most embarrassing pieces of legislation any legislator in Virginia has offered over the last 10 years.”

  • DPVA, Sen. Jennifer McClellan Call Out Vogel for Saying Fairfax Can’t “Talk Intelligently” About Issues

    RICHMOND, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker and State Senator Jennifer McClellan today called out Jill Vogel for saying that Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Justin Fairfax could not “talk intelligently” about issues.

    Vogel made the remarks in last night’s Lieutenant Governor debate at University of Richmond Law School.

    “Justin is a former prosecutor with degrees from Duke and Columbia, and to question his ability to ‘talk intelligently’ is more like something from 1957 instead of 2017,” said Chairwoman Swecker. “Now, I can’t speak to what was inside of Jill Vogel’s head, but the optics of a white woman saying that a black man with extraordinary credentials who last night spoke with substance and great command of the issues – those optics aren’t good. As we say in Highland County, if it quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.”

    “When given an opportunity by debate moderator Bob Holsworth to explain why her transvaginal ultrasound bill wasn’t an unwarranted intrusion by government into personal health care decisions, Senator Jill Vogel instead went on the attack, claiming Justin Fairfax is not informed enough to speak intelligently on the issues at stake in this election,” said Senator McClellan. “It was an outrageous attack that shocked the entire room.”

    McClellan added, “Sen. Vogel has yet to explain one of the most embarrassing pieces of legislation any legislator in Virginia has offered over the last ten years. Her transvaginal ultrasound bill forced the Virginia legislature into the national spotlight. Her bill was made fun of on national late night TV, including Saturday Night Live. Sen. Vogel is trying to remake herself as a moderate, but her bill was far right-wing. So much so even pro-life Republican Governor Bob McDonnell denounced it. What Sen. Vogel was said to Justin last night is part of a disturbing trend we see from Republicans across the country. Rather than defend their extreme policy positions, they lob personal attacks against their opponents. Virginia voters know better. They expect better. And they will show this November that they reject that kind of political gamesmanship.”

    The debate, which was hosted by the law school in partnership with the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, can be viewed in its entirety on Justin Fairfax’s campaign Facebook page. Vogel said she thought Fairfax was “not informed enough” “to talk intelligently” about issues just before the 43:00 minute mark.

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch today ran an article on the debate with the headline: “Vogel says Fairfax not informed enough ‘to talk intelligently’ about issues.”

  • From the Collective PAC:

    The Collective PAC On Virginia Lt. Governor Candidate Jill Vogel’s Comments regarding Justin Fairfax

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Quentin James, co-founder of The Collective PAC, released the following statement in response to Jill Vogel’s offensive comments toward Justin Fairfax:

    “Jill Vogel questioning the intelligence of Justin Fairfax in last week’s candidate debate was a signal that she is willing to get down and dirty. Justin has a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a law degree from Columbia University and a successful career as an attorney. Clearly, there is absolutely no reason to question his intelligence. Questioning the intelligence of people of color is one of the oldest dog whistles in the white supremacy playbook. The notion that African Americans are not intelligent – no matter their educational background – is a way of keeping blacks out of leadership positions without having to evaluate merit. The fact that Jill Vogel doubled down on this position even after people pointed out the racial implications shows that she knew the virtue of what she said when she said it the first time. This is not the type of leadership the good people of Virginia need to move the state forward.”

    As The Collective PAC, we are proud to stand with Justin Fairfax as Jill Vogel attempts to smear him with her untrue, race baiting attacks.