Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DPVA Chair Brian Moran condemns rejection of qualified judge nominee

Richmond, VA – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran released the following statement today following an early morning vote in which Republicans in the General Assembly rejected Tracy Thorne-Begland’s nomination to become a General District Court Judge because of Mr. Begland’s sexual orientation: 

“In the final hours of a legislative session defined by right-wing reactionaries attempting to remake Virginia in their own radical image, Republicans in the General Assembly set a new and unthinkable standard for their backward agenda.

“As Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Richmond and a decorated veteran, Tracy Thorne-Begland is qualified to serve as a General District Court Judge by any conventional measure. By rejecting him after a debate that centered almost exclusively on Mr. Thorne-Begland’s sexual orientation, Virginia Republicans proved that a person’s experience and qualifications are irrelevant to them if they object to whom that person is.

“It is difficult to consider last night’s vote without using the word ‘bigoted,’ just as it’s difficult to consider this period of unified Republican government without using the word ‘disaster.'”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, State Politics

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