E.W. Jackson is chosen as the Republican Party's nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia.
(CBS NEWS) -- E.W. Jackson, the new Republican nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor, railed against Planned Parenthood in a 2012 video
maligning the Democratic party, comparing the women's health
organization to the Ku Klux Klan, and decrying what he cast as black
voters' "slavish devotion to the Democrat party."
a black minister from the Chesapeake area, was selected from a crowded
field at this weekend's state GOP convention as the party set its top
candidates for this November's statewide elections. Virginia Attorney
General Ken Cuccinelli is the party's gubernatorial nominee, and Mark D.
Obenshain is the nominee for attorney general.
days of his nomination, Jackson was drawing national scrutiny thanks to
the controversial video, posted on his YouTube channel in September
2012, in which the candidate accuses Democrats of attempting to hold
black voters "captive" with their "ridiculous lies," and which accuses
Planned Parenthood of propagating "genocide."
is time to end the slavish devotion to the Democrat party. They have
insulted us, used us, and manipulated us. They have saturated the black
community with ridiculous lies," Jackson says in the video. "The
Democrat party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called
civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn
black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far
more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was. And the Democrat party
and their black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide."
also decries comparisons to homosexual and black oppression, claiming
"the Democrat party has equated homosexuality with being black, which is
another outrageous lie."
"They can keep their
homosexuality private. You and I cannot hide being black. I need not
recount to you the painful history of slavery: Jim Crow, lynchings, and
sterilizations -- all because of skin color," Jackson says in the video.
"Anyone who dares equate the so-called gay rights movement to the
history of black Americans is exploiting the black community."
Chopra, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, was quick to
seize on Jackson as having "extreme views" further to the right even
than Ken Cuccinelli - "which is quite a feat," he argued in a statement
over the weekend.
"I know that come November, the voters
of Virginia will reject Jackson and his extreme agenda. This is a man
who has attacked the Democratic Party as having an 'agenda worthy of the
Antichrist,'" Chopra said. "This is a man who has called the LGBT
community 'perverted' and 'very sick people.'"
facing off against state Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Va., in a June 11 primary
for the Democratic Lt. Governor nod; Democrat Terry McAuliffe was
certified as his party's gubernatorial nominee last month.