by Robert Norris Rigby of FCPS Pride
Will the Fairfax County Republican Party become even more fringe?
The anti-LGBTQ and anti-everything stance that its candidates for School Board are taking indicate that the Fairfax Republicans are hell-bent on sinking into irrelevance.
We’ve seen at-large candidate Vinson Palathingal, with his talk of vouchers for private schools and anti-LGBTQ statements. We’ve seen Laura Ramirez Drain in Hunter Mill, with her anti-Family Life Education and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.
Then there’s always Elizabeth Schultz, an incumbent who has haunted the school board for seven years with her amazingly right-wing pontification on nearly every topic (see Fairfax NAACP to Far-Right School Board Member: More Police and Guns in Schools Are NOT the Answer, Fairfax County School Board Member Pat Hynes: “more evidence of the need to challenge Springfield member Elizabeth Schultz”, Far-Right Fairfax County Public School Board Member Supports Guy Who Thinks Women Who Get Abortions Should Be Hanged., Far-Right Fairfax School Board Member: Gun Violence Prevention “Not a Job for Traumatized Children” (Audio), Fairfax Dems Vice Chair Open Letter to Far-Right-Wing Elizabeth Schultz, Fairfax County School Board Member to Speak at Anti-LGBT Hate Group Event, Pepe the Frog: Hate Speech Disseminated by Fairfax County Public School Board Member?, Latest Tweets by Fairfax Far-Right School Board Member Feature Fidel, Florence Henderson with Laser Beams, etc.).
But now, the Mason District Republican Committee has recommended Tom Pafford for endorsement. Tom uses “Village People” as an epithet for the current School Board, because it has supported LGBTQ students, staff and family members. He equates the reading of a book about a transgender child with pedophilia. He is off the scales, radically so, in the openness of his loathing for LGBTQ people.
Will the Fairfax County Republican Committee endorse Tom Pafford and begin its application for being declared an official anti-LGBTQ group when they meet on May 21? We’ll see.