Friday, October 11, 2013

Virginia Campaign Fear-Mongering: If All Else Fails Go to the Tried and True Sex Offender Hype

Human Trafficking has been a popular issue/platform for the last 3-4 Virginia General Assembly sessions.

So it’s no surprise that one of the November candidates for Virginia Governor, Lt. Governor or Attorney General has a Human Trafficking Campaign Commercial. 

What is surprising is that one of the candidates spins it so the other candidate is a “sex-offender sympathizer” 

Senator Obenshain running for Attorney General recent campaign commercial claims Senator Herring doesn’t care about Human Trafficking in his own district then the commercial states, “Herring introduces no legislation to combat them, he votes against tougher sentences for sex offenders". 

Shame on you Senator Obenshain!  

Mary Devoy

October 7, 2013 Subscription Required: Cuccinelli, Obenshain ads target rivals on coal, crime policy Obenshain's ad, his third in recent weeks and first to go negative, blames Herring for "falsely attacking" the Republican while ignoring gangs "targeting women and children" and doing little about the problem.
"But Herring introduces no legislation to combat them. Votes against tougher sentences for sex offenders," says a narrator as a graphic flashes on screen highlighting a 2013 anti-crime bill Herring once voted against.
That legislation lengthening jail time for certain serious weapons, drug and sex crimes unanimously cleared the divided Virginia Senate this winter with Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, and Herring, D-Loudoun County, voting for it.
The bill met opposition after Gov. Bob McDonnell amended it, becoming law with the governor's changes over objections from Herring and 16 other senators.

October 4, 2013: Governor Bob McDonnell issued an Executive Directive calling upon the Secretary of Public Safety and other members of his Cabinet to establish an Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinating Committee to assure that the Commonwealth’s response to human trafficking is comprehensive and coordinated.  He announced the issuance of the Executive Directive during his remarks at the first-ever Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking today in Richmond. 

August 20, 2013:  Senator Mark Obenshain Announces Measures to Combat Human Trafficking in Virginia