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Lieutenant Governor Candidate Turns Heads with Remarks

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Remarks from the past could have an impact on the immediate future of the GOP in Virginia.  

One of the Republican nominees for statewide office has compared gays to pedophiles and Planned Parenthood to the KKK.

Some are calling this year's GOP ticket the most conservative in recent memory. And now, just days after nomination, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor is coming under fire for a series of controversial statements.

Remarks in a YouTube video by E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, are kicking up controversy:

"It is time to end the slavish devotion to the Democrat party."

"Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was."

Critics have been quick to condemn Jackson for those statements, and others - like comparing homosexuality to pedophilia on a Christian radio program in 2010.

Even current Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling told Politico this week Jackson's remarks are "indefensible." but in Albemarle County Tuesday, Jackson stood by his beliefs.

"I'm going to keep taking that message out there, and frankly I find particularly in churches it's resonating. I don't think that that's anything extreme; it's just, it's just a fact," Jackson said.

Geoff Skelley, political analyst with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said, "I think the way it's worked out is that Ken Cuccinelli could probably be viewed as the most moderate candidate on the Republican ticket."

Skelley says, despite his controversial words, Jackson's beliefs don't necessarily mean trouble for the other candidates in November.

"History seems to suggest that it's not necessarily a liability for the ticket, it might be just a liability for him," Skelley said.

According to Skelley, in almost half of Virginia gubernatorial elections since 1969, voters have elected a split ticket.

"It would be hasty of us to write off Jackson," Skelley said.

November is still very far away.

When asked about the controversy, gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli said, "I'm just not going to defend every statement that everybody makes. You know, I've got to take care of my own."

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