I previously posted about Senator Obenshain’s (who is running for Virginia Attorney General this November) Campaign Commercial where he falsely leads the viewers to believe/assume his opponent Senator Herring is a “sex offender sympathizer”. Obenshain is desperately grasping at straws with the old tried-and-true, never-fails, sexual-predator fear and myth platform to win an election.
Well Senator Obenshain has stooped even lower.
The Richmond Times Dispatch Politifact has ruled Senator Obenshain’s latest Sex Offender claim against Senator Herring from a new campaign brochure as Mostly False (see below).
I have not only observed Senator Obenshain during the last 5 Virginia General Assembly sessions but I have stood on the other side of the podium opposing his bills and opposing other lawmaker’s bills to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on which he sits.
We’ve had a few encounters over the years including back in 2010 or 2011 Senator Obenshain attempted to embarrass me as I entered a full elevator in the General Assembly building in
Senator Obenshain was standing against the back wall of the elevator with
another Legislator; there were 4-5 other citizens, lobbyists or staffers and
one Virginia State Police official in full uniform. I stepped into the elevator
next to the VSP representative and after the doors closed Senator Obenshain
announced to the entire elevator but speaking to the VSP executive member that
I was the woman who killed their “good” bill against sex offenders. The Senator
did this to embarrass me, but I was not
the least bit embarrassed and I took the opportunity that the Senator created
to introduce myself and my platform to the member of the VSP and handed him my
card. The elevator doors opened and the member of the VSP left as quickly as he
could, I turned around, smiled at Senator Obenshain and exited the elevator. Richmond
So it was no surprise to me when Senator Obenshain attempted in two commercials and now a brochure to paint his opponent Senator Herring a member of the Virginia Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Advisory Board and sponsor of a 2013 bill (that I opposed at the September 3 VSCC meeting) to allow past sexual convictions to be entered into evidence of a new conviction as someone who doesn’t care about the safety of women or children in the Commonwealth.