Monday, October 5, 2009

Virginia General Election - November 3, 2009

The Virginia General Election is now less than a month away so here is our take on it.

The Attorney-General's Race: This race is worth turning out for and Iglesia Descalza (which is not an official Church body and therefore can do anything we want to do politically) urges you to vote for Democrat Steve Shannon. Please. Why? In two words: Ken Cuccinelli. He is the Republican opponent and he has made a career out of being anti-immigrant. In fact, Cuccinelli's anti-immigrant crusade is part of his platform. Hermanos y hermanas, si no voten por ningun otro candidato, les ruego de todo corazon, vayan a votar por Steve Shannon para Attorney General para que no perdemos todo lo que hemos ganado.

Election Day is November 3, 2009. Polls are open from
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Use this form to find out where to vote.

The Governor's Race: Do you prefer the candidate who has stated that he supports 287(g) -- the collaboration between local law enforcement and ICE that most pro-immigrant groups oppose and that has led to any number of abuses? That would be Republican Bob McDonnell. Or the candidate who, as delegate, voted to designate English as the official language of the Commonwealth, to make undocumented immigrants ineligible for state and local benefits, and against allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates? That would be Democrat Creigh Deeds. You can see why we're underwhelmed by this choice.

McDonnell makes no effort to speak to Hispanic voters on his Web site. Deeds has a three paragraph "Latinos con Deeds" corner en espaƱol. It's almost worse than nothing because what it says is that the candidate does not care enough to bring us a substantive, equally informative message, but I suppose since Deeds thinks we all should be speaking English, his failure to communicate is a policy choice.

The major difference for us between the two candidates is in social policy. If you want a guy who is pro-life and supports a traditional Roman Catholic view of marriage and the family, vote for McDonnell. If you want a guy who is pro-choice and supports gay rights, vote for Deeds. Or sit this one out. Me da igual.

I haven't been so disgusted with Virginia politics since the Democrats let John Warner run unopposed in 2002.


  1. We don’t put too much stock in politicians also, but we don’t see anything wrong with this statement: “Illegal aliens who choose to break additional laws by stealing identities, dealing drugs, joining criminal gangs, driving without a license or committing fraud must receive prompt justice and deportation.” Actually we need more of that.
    Or: “If you want a guy who is pro-life and supports a traditional Roman Catholic view of marriage and the family, vote for McDonnell.”
    Yes we do. What’s so radical about these views?
    One thing is the Christian need to love and accept all; the other is to uphold certain values for having superior moral quality than others.
    Thanks for making our candidates choices more clear.

  2. I put both positions out there because, on the family life issues, this blog has readers on both sides of the fence.

    This post is actually a warning to the Democrats. They got the Hispanic Catholic vote in 2008 -- a vote that often goes to Republicans because of Hispanics' largely conservative views on social issues. Immigration is the only issue that has been able to sway Hispanics over to the Democratic Party.

    If McDonnell would follow the Catholic bishops as assiduously on immigration as he does on marriage and abortion, he could easily pick up that segment of Virginia voters.

  3. For people like me is hard to decide. I like some views from both parties and I dislike some views and stands from both parties. So what to do? Perhaps candidate charisma plays a role too. So. What to do? What to do??? I hope there were more choices out there.

  4. YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN:"The NRA's chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, praised McDonnell for his support of gun rights during his time as attorney general and criticized Deeds for backing legislation that would close the so-called gun-show loophole,..."
    I can't vote for this man, I despise the NRA.
    I guess that I'll have to do as yous said and sit this one, but this is mostly typical of all elections here. Just two flavors. Mostly like robots, the candidates have to aling according to party line ideologies with just minor differences in some cases.

  5. Actually, I didn't recommend any one course of action in the governor's race. Vote for McDonnell, vote for Deeds, don't vote and click through that screen. All I'm saying is that if you are voting on immigrants' rights, you don't have a horse in this race.