It’s widely accepted that the defeat of former delegate Dick Black, considered the most anti-gay member of the General Assembly before his involuntary 2005 “retirement,” was largely due to voter impatience with his obsessive focus on sexually oriented social issues. That’s why the bloggers at Too Conservative were hopeful that the Republican challenger in the 2007 race was a different breed, one who wouldn’t rely on gay-bashing as a substitute for substantive campaigning. Apparently not.
There are now reports of a push poll made by the Lynn Chapman campaign to voters in the 32nd district. One resident describes the call he received in a letter to the editor in this week’s Loudoun Connection:
Mr. Chapman, who is challenging Del. David Poisson, apparently hired a Salt Lake City-based company called Venture Data to conduct a poll that was disgusting in its techniques…
…I was asked if my vote for the House of Delegates would be affected if I knew that Delegate Poisson is “a closet homosexual.” First of all, I’ve known David many years and know he is not gay and is happily married with a lovely wife and daughter. Secondly, it is a smear against gay people to suggest that their sexual orientation makes them unfit for office.
It looks like someone is terribly out of touch with Loudoun County voters, once again. How isolated must Chapman’s advisors be to think that this behavior will result in anything other than astonishment and disgust?
I imagine that the Poisson campaign folks are dancing on their desks right now, but for those who were hoping for a serious, two-sided discussion of the issues, all I can say is “I’m sorry.” How disappointing.
Update: Others blogging and reporting: