Vozzella Points Out That Gillespie is Exactly Right on LGBT Rights, Right To Earn NOVABIZPAC Endorsement

Another week in Virginia politics, another week where Laura Vozzella writes an article for the Washington Post trying to stir up Republican division. This week Laura’s target was the Republican nominee for Governor, Ed Gillespie.

Gillespie, who last week earned the endorsement of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (NOVABIZPAC), basically took the endorsement from Democrat Ralph Northam. Northam, along with Governor Terry McAliuffe, was endorsed by the PAC four years ago. This year, the PAC chose to endorse Gillespie and Lieutenant Governor nominee Jill Vogel.

However, the Washington Post revealed that in private meetings with the Chamber, Gillespie stated that he would oppose all bills similar to the North Carolina HB2. Here’s the report from the Washington Post: 

Republican Ed Gillespie won the endorsement of an influential Northern Virginia business group after privately assuring members that he would oppose any bills dictating which bathrooms transgender people must use — a new promise that shocked conservative backers.

The gubernatorial candidate “vowed to oppose bills like North Carolina’s HB2 that would threaten Virginia’s reputation as an open and welcoming Commonwealth,” Jim Corcoran, president of the Northern Virginia Chamber, said in a written statement announcing the endorsement by its political action arm, NOVABIZPAC.

He was referring to North Carolina’s now-repealed law, known as HB2, mandating that transgender people use the bathroom corresponding with the sex on their birth certificates. The law faced an intense backlash, including economic boycotts and job losses, with sports leagues relocating games and companies nixing expansions.

In an interview Friday, Corcoran said Gillespie promised to oppose similar legislation two weeks ago, during a private interview with the 25-member board. He said that position factored into the board’s decision to back Gillespie over his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who has long supported LGBT rights. Corcoran said Gillespie made the vow after the board expressed concerns about HB2.

“We stated that we are an open and welcoming state here, we don’t want anything that is going to persuade persons that this is not a conducive place to do business,” Corcoran said.

Gillespie spokesman David Abrams did not dispute that account but said the candidate’s opposition should come as no surprise.

“Ed has always been clear he opposes legislation like HB2 in North Carolina and he is honored to earn this critically important endorsement from the NOVa chamber,” Abrams said.

Vozella then tried to spend the rest of the article talking about Gillespie not being true to conservative principles.

Here’s the real truth. Ed Gillespie made the right decision by coming out against so called “bathroom bills.” Not only did a similar law in North Carolina cause mass discrimination of the LGBT community, but it cost North Carolina thousands of jobs and tax revenue. It was projected that the state lost $3.7 billion, that’s a Billion with a B, Billion dollars due to companies moving out of the state. Conventions, sporting events, and companies of all shapes and sizes went elsewhere due to the disaster that was the North Carolina “bathroom bill.”

Ed Gillespie, in opposing such measures, is acting not only in the best interests of the Virginia business community, but acting in the best interests of all Virginians. We need to avoid the toxic laws whose sole purpose is to divide Virginians against each other. The Ed Gillespie I know truly believes that no matter our differences, Virginia can come together to make our state business friendly, and friendly to all Virginians at the same time.

I am exceedingly proud of Mr. Gillespie opposing these laws and hope that his running mates will join him in opposing such legislation.

  • Chuck Geer

    I’m glad that Gillespie isn’t backing HB2-type of legislation. Especially in light of the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor making same-sex marriage illegal again their pet issue 4 years ago. If Republicans are going to promote limited government, they need to be consistent about it…

    • James Young

      Mandated public affirmation of sexual deviancy? I don’t think you know what “limited government” means….

      • MD Russ

        James, tolerating something is hardly the same thing as mandating it. If fact, it is often just the opposite.

        • James Young

          Yes, it is

          And mandating public affirmation of something (which is what I actually said) is different from tolerating something, too.

          • MD Russ

            James,

            Tolerating homosexual behavior means that you don’t make it illegal for two people of the same sex to kiss in public. Mandating public affirmation means that when you see two people of the same sex kissing in public you are required to demonstrate your approval, such as by applauding. Big difference.

          • James Young

            Or that you require their coupling to be called a “marriage,” contrary to the standards of 6000 of recorded human history.

            Or (we shall see) that you bake a cake for or photograph their “wedding” ceremony, where your effort to redefine what “tolerance” means breaks down.

          • MD Russ

            Slavery was also one of the standards of 6000 years of recorded human history.

          • James Young

            So you’re comparing slavery with the fundamental institution of human civil society?

            You could possible be more addled than the sexual deviants.

            Though you wisely ignored the point about bakers and photographers. Lacked even a demagogic answer to that one, huh?

          • MD Russ

            If slavery was not a fundamental institution of human civil society, what is?

            As for bakers and photographers, if they refused to make a wedding cake for or to photograph a wedding of a black couple, would you be okay with that? How about a Jewish or fundamentalist Christian couple? Just where are the boundaries of your bigotry?

            Can’t wait to hear your answer. I suspect that it is okay in your mind to discriminate against those whom your Bible doesn’t approve of, but not against those whom are consistent with your religious beliefs. Talk about addled.

          • James Young

            Race is not sexual behavior, so no, I wouldn’t. What a poverty that you cannot discern the difference.

            Then again, funny you should mention bigotry, since it’s not “bigotry” to judge someone by their (deviant) behavior. But your anti-Christian bigotry is manifest (one needn’t be a Christian to understand that sexual deviancy is fundamentally anti-biological), so I guess some purpose was served by provoking a response.

            As for addled? You plainly speak with authority on the condition.

          • Eric the half a troll

            “…should mention bigotry, since it’s not “bigotry” to judge someone by their (deviant) behavior. But your anti-Christian bigotry is manifest …”

            Since when is being Christian not a behavior? You make absolutely no sense.

          • Chuck Geer

            “contrary to the standards of 6000 of recorded human history.” Huh?!

            6000 what exactly?!

          • old_redneck

            Give it up, MD.

            Back when I was an obstreperous young lad on the farm in Mississippi, my old Granddaddy told me: “Son, don’t wrassle with the pigs. When you wrassle with the pigs, everybody gets dirty, nothing is solved, but the pig just loves it.”

          • James Young

            Actually, that should have been directed at me, since I’m not the one confusing the alimentary canal with a sex organ.

            And I imagine your old Granddaddy was smart enough to figure that out, even if he couldn’t impart to you that wisdom.

          • Stephen Spiker

            What does it matter to you who confuses which body part for which?

          • James Young

            Were it not for the fact that what used to be “the love that dare not speak its name” has become “the love that will not shut its mouth,” I wouldn’t. But, of course, the nihilistic deviance lobby demands attention, and then its adherents whine when they get negative attention.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Literally no one who has ever met you believes it wouldn’t matter to you.

          • James Young

            As I said, whine….

          • Stephen Spiker

            I’m serious, even your family knows how vehement you are about the gays. It’s not an insult if you don’t want it to be — passion can be good! — but don’t lie to yourself (or me) that there are potential circumstances where other people’s sexual orientation wouldn’t matter to you.

          • James Young

            The only insult I see there is the delusion that you have any relationship with anyone in my family.

          • Chuck Geer

            Who exactly is mandating public affirmation of sexual deviancy?!

          • James Young

            Other than to note the following fact, I don’t respond to the intentionally droll.

      • old_redneck

        “Mandated public affirmation of sexual deviancy?”

        You mean the way the Republican Party mandated that we affirm a sexual deviant, pedophile pervert as President?

        • Chuck Geer

          But wait a minute old_redneck. According to Laura Ingraham, we need Trump in the White House in order to win the Culture Wars…

      • Chuck Geer

        I merely tolerate “sexual deviancy”. I don’t promote it. My basic underlying philosophy is live and let live. Try it sometime…

        • James Young

          I happen to agree. But if you think compelled indulgence of others’ delusions is “live and let live,” I don’t think you know what that means.

          • Chuck Geer

            Again, who is compelling sexual deviancy?!

          • James Young

            See response above. If you have a problem with the word “droll,” try Google. But perhaps it’s been bastardized in the same manner that you’re trying to misrepresent “tolerating unorthodox behavior,” which decidedly does not immunize it from criticism.

          • Chuck Geer

            I am not misrepresenting “tolerating unorthodox behavior.” Again, your understanding of the English language is indeed superficial at best.

          • Eric the half a troll

            C’mon, Chuck, if James indulged in sexual deviancy, he has to say it was compelled…. otherwise…. (gasp!)

          • Chuck Geer

            LOL!!!

          • Chuck Geer

            Nothing quite like living at the foot of the cross. LOL.

          • Chuck Geer

            Apparently you don’t agree. You keep on insisting that tolerating unorthodox behavior is the same thing as promoting and advocating for it.

          • James Young

            No, I just understand the English language. You should try it some time,

          • Chuck Geer

            Your understanding of the English language is superficial at best…

          • James Young

            Not really. What you really object to is the fact that I recognize the effort of the deviancy lobby to change the meaning of words. Either you don’t understand it, and need to educate yourself, or you’re engaged in and lying about it. There is no third option.

          • Chuck Geer

            Yes, really. There is no “effort of the deviancy lobby to change the meaning of words.” There is no “pro-homosexual” agenda.

          • James Young

            So, you’re going with lying about it. Good to know.

          • Chuck Geer

            Lying about what?!

          • Chuck Geer

            If there is indeed a “deviancy lobby to change the meaning of words”, who are their proprietors?! What group(s) are undertaking such an effort?! To what degree are they successful?! If they are successful, exactly why are they successful?!

          • Eric the half a troll

            Maybe you should change your handle to Webster if you feel compelled to defend the meaning of words – at the expense of other’s rights.

          • Chuck Geer

            I really don’t give a rip what you think.

          • James Young

            Your main objection seems to be that I DO think. That, and understand what you’re up to.

          • Chuck Geer

            And what exactly am I up to?!

          • Eric the half a troll

            James Young has been indulging, eh? Now there’s a shocker for you. I doubt he was compelled, either.

          • Chuck Geer

            Again, nothing quite like living at the foot of the cross…

      • Chuck Geer

        I actually believe that government should stay the hell away out of other people’s business. Yes, this means their sex lives.

      • Stephen Spiker

        James Young, every single day: “Hmm, it seems some people are still gay. DAMNIT!”

        • James Young

          Stephen Spiker, every single day: “Hmm, I can’t justify my wacky policy ideas, so I’ll just belittle and misrepresent those who can. DAMNIT!”

          • Stephen Spiker

            This isn’t even a “policy idea”; it’s just me not caring what other people do in their bedroom.

          • James Young

            That you cannot tell the difference between not caring and having it thrown up in your face goes far to demonstrate why you’re a political irrelevancy except in the blogosphere.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Nothings being “thrown up in your face”, James. You’re just very sensitive.

          • James Young

            Well, that comment demonstrates that you’re profoundly ignorant on any number of levels. Forced indoctrination in the government schools? Billions in externalities in the form of increased health insurance costs imposed to research and treat nasty little social diseases spread by promiscuous sex (to say nothing of HIV, spread primarily by male homosexual conduct)? Billions more in increased government health care costs for the same thing? Billions in welfare for single parents? Yeah, I’m forced to care. And pay for it.

          • Stephen Spiker

            You honestly think if everyone in government were as virulently anti-gay as you, people would stop having gay sex and we’d save billions in health care costs?

          • James Young

            There’s little point in having an exchange if you continue to change the subject and caricature my responses. You suggest that it’s inappropriate for me to care, flatly deny what is obvious, and — when proven ignorant or in willful denial — ask ridiculous questions. Perhaps you can casually dismiss the social wreckage left behind by the policies you defend, bit it’s dishonest in the extreme to assert that those who are paying the tab don’t dare criticize them.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Again, I’ve offered no policy, other than I think its weird you care so much other people are gay.

            You brought up health care costs, and I’m just trying to figure out what your point is. You contend health care costs are higher because some people are gay. Accepting that as true, what do you want to do about it? The only options I see are 1) Reduce the government’s role in paying for health care, 2) Try to get people not to be so gay, or 3) Continue covering health care costs but only for the non-gay diseases.

            I support option 1, but incidentally that’s the one that pays no mind to whether some people are gay or not.

            Or maybe you don’t have a point, and as you said, you just want to criticize gay people for being gay. Which is your right, of course, just as its my right to think it’s weird you care so much other people are gay.

  • Jim Portugul

    Why on earth would any middle-class Virginia voter, vote for any candidate that has any endorsement, or any association, with any chamber of commerce??????

    You just got to be kidding? Ed Gillespie represents about 90%of what is wrong with this country. Just look at the McDonnell lies. Just look at the 7 years of Republican lies about repealing Obamacare. Just look at the lies of Donald Trump. Republicans are totally dysfuntional, and cannot govern. Nothing but lies.

    The best situation in Virginia? Under no circumstances to let either party have the House, Senate, and Governors mansion. The Republicans have the House and Senate, do not let them have the Governors mansion. There will be no end to the BS they pile up for 4 years in Richmond with Gillespie in the mansion.

    Ed Gillespie is the establishment in it’s most pure form. Nothing but a tool to be used by the donor class to destroy the middle-class.

  • Downstater

    The bathroom law did not “cost North Carolina thousands of
    jobs and tax revenue.” LGBT bullies and out-of-state leftist celebrities and sports teams did.

    • Stephen Spiker

      Aren’t you also promoting a boycott of the NFL and Nordstroms and Hamilton and half a dozen other outfits that triggered you?

      Same principle, snowflake.

      • Downstater

        Where do you get that information?

  • Downstater

    Vozzella is right. Gillespie’s stand on this is going to alienate some conservatives who don’t believe men should be in the woman’s restroom. Yes, it is bad that society is so freaky at this point that such a law should be needed. In the old days, common sense was the norm.

    If a number of states had passed similar laws to NC’s, the boycott would have been nullified. We should ask ourselves why was only that one state law the target of an organized sports and other groups’ boycott. Why do they not try to interfere in a whole host of state and local laws all over the country?

    • MD Russ

      In the old days, men in drag used the women’s room and nobody knew. Common sense was that we didn’t need bathroom laws or to carry around our birth certificates in our wallets.

      • DJRippert

        I agree but think it’s still true. Take a look at a picture of Caitlin Jenner. Which bathroom should she use? Do you really want to be standing at the urinal when somebody who looks like that walks in and stands next to you? It seems like less of a ruckus for her to use the Ladies’ Room.

    • Rick Shaftan

      This bill was about a government mandate on all schools, businesses and other public facilities. That Ed is ok with this explains why he is losing. He should have dropped out after his pathetic showing in the primary. The only thing he’s got going for him is Ralph Northam.

  • MD Russ

    Is this going to cost Ed votes in his Republican base? I doubt it. Who are they going to vote for instead, Northam or Hydra whose Libertarian Party supports individual choices and opposes government regulated morality?

    • Rick Shaftan

      He told the 155,000 people who voted for Corey Stewart to stay home, as he does every single day.

  • Rick Shaftan

    North Carolina has a big surplus and is cutting taxes. Your state is bankrupt and raising taxes. The only reason McCrory lost was he refused to defend HB2. The LG who was its biggest supporter won by 8. The GOP now has a 74-46 House edge and 35-15 in the Senate after Democratic legislative candidates made HB2 the number one issue in their races. But at least no one will call #EunuchEd a bigot when he goes back to lobbying after his November defeat. Hopefully he doesn’t cost the GOP the HOD.

    • Stephen Spiker

      I hear HB2 has created jobs as well. Police forces across the state are being forced to turn away recruits who are signing up to stand guard outside of municipal bathrooms.

      • Rick Shaftan

        This is a typical comment from an ignorant fool who has no idea what the bill did. HB2 prohibited Charlotte and other Blue Cities from mandating all businesses and schools let anyone use whatever bathroom they wanted. Of course, the “conservatives” on this site are fine with local action restricting individual freedom, because that’s “home rule.”

        This silly obsession with “home rule” explains why Ed has no coherent philosophy, message or reason why any Republican should come out and vote for him, unless they are looking to get on the payroll or juice up their lobbying gig.

        Ed claims to oppose Sanctuary Cities. But does he really? Doesn’t that conflict with “home rule”?

        • Stephen Spiker

          It also mandates that folks can only use the public bathroom that matches their birth certificate. I guess you didn’t read that far.

          What a boon for the police, who are eager to stand guard outside bathrooms, allowing entry to only those who show their birth certificates. It’s a limited government utopia!

          • Rick Shaftan

            No. It prohibits cities from forcing these policies on businesses and schools. There is not now and has never been a law in NC that prevents a business owner from letting a tranny male use the Ladies Room.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Upon re-reading my comment, you’ll note that I said “public bathroom”.

            Just got another text from a cop friend who is eager to move to North Carolina to stand guard. He’s asking for a post outside the library bathroom, but I think he should dream bigger and go for City Hall.

  • old_redneck

    All together . . . 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . LOCK HIM UP !! LOCK HIM UP!!! LOCK HIM UP!!!

    White House officials are analyzing “hundreds of emails” associated with a third, previously unreported, email account on the Kushner family’s private domain, Politico reports.

    The account was shared by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and was also accessed by personal household staff and Trump’s assistant Bridges Lamar. According to Politico, the correspondences included “non-public travel documents, internal schedules and some official White House materials.”

    “They’ve pretty much been using it since they got here,” a person familiar with the account told Politico.

    The report raises new security concerns about White House associates’ use of private email accounts to conduct government business. It also raises questions of hypocrisy, as Donald Trump made a major issue of Hillary Clinton’s private email server during the 2016 presidential election.

    Republicans guilty of hypocrisy?? Am I ever surprised!!!

  • old_redneck

    Ed Gillespie: Doing his best to make college UNaffordable.

    Ed Gillespie vows that if he’s elected governor of Virginia, he will make lowering the high cost of college a priority. But for years, the lobbying firm he ran, Quinn Gillespie & Associates, fought to do the exact opposite.

    At a turning point for the student loan industry a decade ago, the firm pressed Congress to kill legislation aimed at lowering the cost of college. The bill aimed to take millions of dollars in subsidies that had been given to private lenders and instead use that money for grants for low-income college students and to lower education loan interest rates. Quinn Gillespie clients from the loan industry — Nelnet, Bank of America and College Loan Corp. — were trying to protect the profits they earned from financing student loans on the government’s behalf.

    Though the lobbying campaign proved unsuccessful — the legislation passed — Gillespie’s critics say it raises questions about his commitment to college affordability, a key part of his platform. They also worry that the Republican’s ties to Nelnet, which now manages a portion of the federal government’s $1.3 trillion student loan portfolio, could stymie efforts to have the state regulate the company and other student loan servicers.

    “He’s getting away with not having to answer about his relationship with the student loan industry and the implications for borrowers,”said Maggie Thompson, executive director of Generation Progress Action, the youth engagement arm of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The group is running ads about Gillespie’s record on education.

    In his campaign announcement in February, Gillespie blamed “constant tuition hikes and rampant spending” for “making college increasingly unaffordable for too many students.” The candidate promises on his campaign website to enhance affordability by increasing financial aid and work-study opportunities, and by expanding online learning, community college transfer programs, and partnerships between high schools and colleges for dual enrollment.

    According to federal disclosure forms, Quinn Gillespie earned about $740,000 from lobbying on student loan issues for Nelnet, College Loan Corp. and Bank of America between 2005 and 2007. That period was crucial for private lenders because the federal government had begun a re-examination of its $60 billion bank-based student loan program, with members of Congress demanding that money be redirected to help students.

    ED does not stand for EDucation.

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