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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Jackson will kill Cuccinelli’s hopes
The more the Rev. E.W. Jackson says, the more I’m convinced he is in the employ of the Democratic Party. If not, he is proving to be the most valuable ally the Democrats have in this campaign.
Jackson’s “anti-God,” “anti-life” and “anti-family” remarks on radio WLEE in Richmond Aug. 1 dampen further any hope for the GOP this fall. A man of the cloth, Jackson knows full well that half of any congregation on worship day votes Democratic. Why, then, would he utter such foolishness?
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is right in distancing himself from Jackson. But no matter what he does between now and the election, with Jackson on the ticket, Cuccinelli can kiss all hope for the governor’s mansion goodbye.
Jackson is doing a masterful job for Democrat Terry McAuliffe. He should save a spot for Jackson in his cabinet. Court jester comes to mind.
RODNEY A. FRANKLIN
It seems ABC, too, has a gift-taking culture
It is sad to see the lack of integrity and low standards our state officials have demonstrated of late. It appears that both Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli want to use their offices only to increase their wealth and build their résumés.
It is also sad to see the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control enforcement agency involved in taking gifts from whiskey suppliers.
I worked in the malt beverage industry in Virginia for 47 years — in management jobs at a brewery, for an importer and in management for three wholesale operations — and I always worked hard to stay within the legal boundaries.
I worked the entire state, at one time or another, and knew most ABC enforcement agents and the commissioners. When I see the caliber of people now in those positions, I can’t help but think how much credibility the agency has lost. The agency needs a complete overhaul to rebuild its reputation.
For them to accept gifts from their alcohol suppliers violates regulations that restrict beer wholesalers from giving gifts to customers, since the state is a retail customer of the whiskey distillers not unlike a convenience store is of beer wholesalers.
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