Bishop E.W. Jackson, Virginia’s Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, is back in the national spotlight.
Jackson first made headlines two weeks ago, just days after being officially nominated by his party, for controversial comments about homosexuality and Planned Parenthood.
He’s now making news for his beliefs on yoga and giving to the poor.
On Wednesday, reporter Betsy Woodruff of the National Review included several excerpts from Jackson’s 2008 book, “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life,” in an article about the controversial candidate.
In the book, Jackson writes that yoga can lead to Satanic possession and says,”While giving to the poor is important, the most powerful giving for wealth building is upward giving.”
The latest look into the politicians ultra-conservative belief system prompted a slew of negative headlines from across the nation.
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The Jackson excerpts have also become fodder for political commentators and analysts.
Yesterday, during the online broadcast of The Young Turks (posted below), host Cenk Uygur said Jackson’s beliefs “…border on the insane.”
He went on to say, quote:
“If you give this fool any money, then obviously you’re dummer than he is.”
Despite the widespread negative publicity, Jackson supporters in Virginia are still standing behind their nominee.
In a letter to the editor published by the Bristol Herald-Courier yesterday, Bob Shannon of King William wrote:
“Many of us were pleasantly surprised at the nomination of E.W. Jackson for the lieutenant governor spot on the Republican ticket in Virginia. It came about in spite of what appears to have been a concerted effort on the part of some to deny Mr. Jackson clearly what the delegates wanted almost from the start, that he be the nominee. A few very good articles have been written that address the mainstream media and the RINOs’ (Republicans in name only) attempts to hamstring this man’s chances. His nomination and presumed victory in November will lay down a new marker in Virginia politics.”
Meanwhile, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for Governor, seems to be distancing himself from Jackson.
In an interview with WMAL radio on Friday (posted below) Cuccinelli said he wants to be judged independently from Jackson, despite the fact that they are both running on the same ticket.
“That’s the way Virginia voters operate. They have a history of making decisions one office at a time and E.W.’s going to have to introduce himself individually to the rest of Virginia, something that I did in 2009 as attorney general and frankly that I’m doing again for governor. It is different for different offices, but there’s no question that we’ve got to get over the line each of us one at a time.”