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Va. Democrat Compares Tea Party to Criminals

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Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 10:47 PM

By Joe Schaeffer

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A Virginia Democratic state Senate candidate has released a stunning new political ad in which she compares tea party Republicans to the violent rapists she used to try as a prosecutor, Newsbusters.org reports.

Jennifer Wexton, who is running to fill the seat held by Virginia’s newly elected Attorney General Mark Herring, ran an ad that was televised by Washington, D.C.’s NBC affiliate in which she compares rapists to pro-life Republicans who would deny women their abortion rights.

The ad text proclaims:

"A woman assaulted at night by the reservoir. Another by an intruder who forced his way in through her bedroom window. And for so many, traumatized again by facing the criminal in court.

"I'm Jennifer Wexton and as a prosecutor I put violent offenders in prison. In the Virginia Senate, I'll fight just as hard against Tea Party Republicans who would take away a woman's health care and her right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest. On election day, help me stand up for her."

Wexton, a Leesburg lawyer, is part of a three-way race in the Jan. 21 special election to fill the seat. Republican John Whitbeck and state Delegate Joe T. May, an Independent, are the other candidates.

The race is seen as especially critical as the 40-man Senate is deadlocked between Democrats and Republicans and a special election held Tuesday to fill a Hampton Roads seat found the Democrat candidate leading his Republican challenger by only 25 votes, well within the margin qualifying for a recount, Virginia newspaper Delmarvanow.com reports.

If the Democrat candidate holds on, then Wexton must also win in order to keep the 20-20 split in the state Senate.

As the lieutenant governor and tie-breaking vote is a Democrat, the party would thus effectively control the chamber.

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