Written by JP Duffy - TheCloakRoomBlog.com
Washington, D.C. - Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins released the following statement in regard to Tuesday's election results:
"Jon Corzine and Creigh Deeds trumpeted a common theme and touted a common goal: a far left social agenda and a goal to advance big government liberalism. Clearly, voters were fed up with that kind of 'change' and chose candidates whose traditional values and economic conservatism make simple good sense."Governor Corzine said his race was also a referendum on same-sex 'marriage,' and even chose as his running mate the author of New Jersey's same-sex 'marriage' legislation. But he was unable to overcome the strong support for man-woman marriage within his traditional base of support. Our friends at the New Jersey Family Policy Council pointed to several recent polls that link the governor's support for same-sex 'marriage' to his underperformance among minority voters.
"Similarly, Creigh Deeds attacked Bob McDonnell for his pro-life, pro-family record. He even combed through McDonnell's two decades-old graduate writings to try to paint him as 'anti-woman.' Thankfully, Virginians did not buy into this shabby effort to discredit a fine man.
"In contrast, both Christie and McDonnell throughout the campaign stood firm in support for life and marriage. During his victory speech last night, McDonnell reaffirmed his commitment to protect 'life and liberty and property in the pursuit of happiness here in the commonwealth of Virginia.' Ken Cuccinelli never ran from his core values despite vicious attacks by The Washington Post which called him a 'bigot' and an 'embarrassment' because of his views on homosexual behavior.
"The blame for the loss in New York's 23rd congressional district lays squarely on the Republican Party bosses who wasted almost a million dollars by funding liberal candidate Dede Scozzafava who eventually removed her Republican mask by endorsing Democratic candidate Bill Owens. The election results would have been very different had the party funded a candidate who actually supported the Party's own platform and reflected the values of the district."