FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2007
Phillips campaign falsely attributes statement to Equality Loudoun
Equality Loudoun today issued a statement concerning a campaign piece produced by the Patricia Phillips for Senate campaign.
The mailer, also disseminated during the Republican primary on May 19, included the claim that Phillip’s opponent John Andrews was “praised by Equality Virginia” for his role in crafting the controversial policy on student theatrical presentations adopted by the Loudoun County School Board in 2005. The Phillips campaign has continued to make this false statement, claiming that a post on the Equality Loudoun blog praised Andrews “for finely crafting a policy on school play presentations.”
This quote is taken from a Loudoun Times-Mirror editorial, entitled “Good and Ugly” and dated June 22, 2005. The editorial is classified under “Editorials and Letters to the Editor” in an archive of the history of the play policy controversy maintained by Equality Loudoun.
The entire archive can be accessed at http://archive.equalityloudoun.org/advocacy/public-school-drama-policy/
The policy adopted by the School Board in July 2005 was opposed by Equality Loudoun. President David Weintraub warned the board of the possibility of a costly lawsuit should the policy be implemented in a way that unlawfully prohibits the expression of controversial viewpoints.
Patricia Phillips, at the time representing the Virginia chapter of Concerned Women for America, praised the policy, telling the Washington Post “I was very pleased with how it turned out,” and stating that the policy addressed her main concern, which was for “the normalization of homosexuality to be prevented.”
“For the Phillips campaign to falsely attribute this position to Equality Loudoun indicates a willingness to violate the most basic ethical standards,” Weintraub said of the campaign mailer. “We are disappointed that any candidate would still use our community as a political punching bag in this way, and even more disappointed that it would be done in such a blatantly dishonest manner.”
Weintraub added that Equality Loudoun is an independent, nonpartisan community organization not affiliated with Equality Virginia, and does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office.
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