Bob Marshall, a senior Republican member of the Virginia General Assembly, is running for an open seat in the House of Representatives. He’s a political candidate who has already gained notoriety “for his long track history of controversial remarks.” Back in 1989 during the course of an interview with The Boston Globe, Marshall stated that he wouldn’t make exceptions for abortions—even in cases of rape and incest. He was quoted as saying, “What if incest is voluntary? Sometimes it is.”
Tom Boggioni of Raw Story reported recently that in 2010, Marshall called for an end to state funding for Planned Parenthood. At that time, Marshall “suggested” that women who have abortions “are more likely to face ‘vengeance’ from ‘nature’ in the form of children being born with developmental disabilities.” Marshall said, “The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.”
Marshall has even been so bold as to question “the sexuality of a Supreme Court justice” who has favored marriage equality. While speaking to a pro-life group last year, Marshall discussed “Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s majority opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage…” At the end of his talk, Marshall said, “For all I know, Kennedy’s a homosexual”—and added, “You can’t be doing some of these things without this kind of conclusion,”
Abby Ohlheiser of The Wire called Marshall “the Culture War’s Four-Star General.” Kate Mcdonough of Salon said that Marshall “has a record of saying absolutely reprehensible things about absolutely everything …” Boggioni thinks that Marshall’s “colorful statements” could come back “to haunt him in the upcoming election…” Marshall, however, doesn’t appear worried about the controversial remarks that he has made in the past. He insists his colorful statements aren’t gaffes. Just last Thursday, Marshall said, “I don’t care. I mean, if I say something in public, I say it in public.”
We’ll have to wait and see if Marshall’s words do come back to haunt him in the GOP primary.
Virginia Democrats are reportedly looking forward to Marshall winning his GOP primary. Heaven knows he’s got our endorsement for the primary, as well as a shiny new nomination for Wonkette’s coveted Legislative Shitmuffin of the Year Award.
Virginia Republican Bob Marshall stands by remarks that raise eyebrows (Washington Times)