E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in Virginia, came under attack from Virginia Democrats for seeking "divine intervention" to end the partial government shutdown, Buzzfeed reported Thursday. Jackson, Buzzfeed said, also happens to be a pastor.
According to Andrew Kaczynski, Virginia Democratic Party spokeswoman Ashley Bauman blasted an email Thursday night calling attention to Jackson's prayer.
“Jackson calls for ‘divine intervention’ in budget crisis,” said the email's title.
“Good evening — I wanted to make sure you saw the latest E.W. Jackson comments from earlier today," Bauman wrote, referencing a blog post at the Times-Dispatch.
The Times-Dispatch said:
E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, today resorted to prayer as a way to end the ongoing government shutdown. “It could possibly not get any worse, and we need some sort of divine intervention to bring folks together,” Jackson said during a Q&A session at Patrick Henry College, a private, independent college with a conservative evangelical Christian focus, in Purcellville this afternoon.
This apparently didn't sit well with the state Party.
Democrats attempted to spin the statement into an attack on the Tea Party and House Republicans, using the same violent rhetoric employed by Barack Obama and Senate Majority Harry Reid.
“The issue the Democratic Party of Virginia takes with this statement is with E.W. Jackson’s suggestion that ending this shutdown requires anything but John Boehner, Ted Cruz and the Republicans putting the country ahead of their extreme agenda," the Party told Buzzfeed. "As Republicans across Virginia and the nation call on their fellow party members in congress to stop holding our economy hostage to Tea Party politics, it’s time for E.W. Jackson to stand up and do the same.”
Kaczynski said a 2011 Roanoke College poll showed that 94% of Virginians say they believe in God, while 80% say they pray daily.
This isn't the first time Democrats have shown their disdain for Christianity.
During their 2012 convention, Democrats removed God from their platform, and booed restoring any mention of God three times. The Party also rejected gift baskets offered by a number of Christian churches in the in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, citing their views on women's issues.
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