In Virginia, where former Democrat governor Terry McAuliffe has suddenly fallen significantly behind GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in the latest Fox poll, McAuliffe’s 21-year-old daughter took time out from working on her father’s campaign to pose for a picture in front of a Youngkin sign outside the Lynchburg Republican City Committee, flipping the middle finger for the camera.
The New York Post, which obtained the photo, reported, “Grinning pals gave a thumbs up alongside Sally in the photo outside the Lynchburg Republican City Committee.” One senior Virginia Republican adviser told the Post, “Terry McAuliffe’s campaign has been a giant ‘f– you’ to parents, so it’s no surprise his divisive, hate-filled campaign is being up front about how he really feels.”
Lynchburg Republican City Committee Chairman Eric Harrison, unperturbed, said, “We’re not really interested in what McAuliffe’s children do. … What we’re interested in is that he doesn’t think Virginia parents have a say in our children’s education. So we’re working to elect Glenn Youngkin governor this coming Tuesday because he’s gonna stand up for Virginia parents and for our children.”
The Post added, “Sally McAuliffe, the fourth of five children, has actively campaigned for her dad and is scheduled to host a door-knocking event Saturday in Arlington, Va., to encourage Democrats to vote early. Her Twitter feed features photos of herself campaigning this week with President Biden and former President Barack Obama.”
On Monday, Youngkin released an ad that immediately went viral, showing the woman who fought for parents to have the option of having their children opt out of reading a book about slavery and racism with graphic descriptions, including descriptions of bestiality.
Laura Murphy, who in 2013 served as the advanced academic chairwoman of the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association, challenged the Fairfax County School Board, arguing that students should be allowed to be exempted from reading various books. The Washington Examiner reported in 2013:
The school system should maintain an “alternative book policy” allowing students to pick from a list of books with less graphic content to read and allowing students to be excused from discussions about books like “Beloved,” “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison and “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, all of which Murphy’s oldest son read in his 12th-grade AP English class and all of which feature content like incest, rape, cannibalism and murder, Murphy said.
Fairfax County school officials denied Murphy’s request, prompting her to appeal to the state Board of Education. “Murphy eventually took her fight to the Republican-led General Assembly, which in 2016 passed a bill with bipartisan support to give parents the right to opt their children out of sexually explicit reading assignments,” The Washington Post noted, adding, “McAuliffe vetoed it as well as a similar bill in 2017.”
The Washington Post acknowledged of the new ad, “The ad was viewed more than 200,000 times and shared on Twitter more than 1,000 times in the first few hours it was up.”
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