This seems like sound advice from one conservative to another:
Lynn Chapman must immediately and forcefully denounce such activity. He must likewise come completely clean with whether or not these questions were actually asked in a poll authorized by his campaign or any other political body working with his campaign to get him elected. If some agency working on his behalf actually did ask these questions then he needs to cut that agency off at the knees, publicly and loudly. He needs to make a very visible break with such an agency. Nothing less will do. Anything less will show he was either in agreement with such a tactic and authorized it, that he has no general problem with the use of such a tactic, or (at the very least) that he’s completely clueless about what’s going on in his name during this campaign and that someone else is pulling his strings. [Emphasis in original]
Instead, the response has been less than informative. From the Connection:
BILLY KIRKLAND, a spokesperson for Lynn Chapman’s campaign, said he did not feel comfortable releasing the poll to the press. However, the types of questions asked were your “standard issue questions.”
“There were no derogatory or incendiary questions about either candidate. There were no attacks,” he said. “They were standard politics, polling questions.”
Chapman did not return numerous phone calls as of press time.
What does this mean? Is he denying that the poll took place as reported? The questions have been corroborated by several independent sources at this point. Is he claiming that the question “Would your vote for the House of Delegates be affected if you knew that Delegate Poisson is a ‘closet homosexual'”? is neither derogatory nor incendiary? Is this a “standard issue question”?
No clarification has been forthcoming, and feeble, contradictory attempts at spinning this story are making an appearance in the form of anonymous blog comments. This suggests that someone connected with the campaign actually was stupid enough to insult the electorate this way, and now they don’t know what to do about it. The question is, who was behind this?