WASHINGTON -- Even as Virginia's Republican candidate for Lt. Governor has worked to hitch his political wagon to Ken Cuccinelli, the man at the top of the ticket is working just as hard to create some distance between himself and E.W. Jackson.
"I absolutely want to be judged independently," said Cuccinelli in an interview Friday with WMAL's Mornings on the Mall. "E.W. is going to have to introduce himself eventually to the rest of Virginia, something I did in 2009 as Attorney General, and frankly that I'm doing again in running for Governor. There's no question we've got to get over the line - each of us - one at a time," he added.
Jackson, a preacher from Chesapeake who seemingly came out of nowhere to win the Lt. Governor nomination at the GOP Convention on May 18th, told WMAL last week that his agenda closely mirrors Cuccinelli's. "I've heard that this ticket is probably more homogeneous than almost any ticket ever in the history of Virginia, so there's no stark disagreement between us," said Jackson.
"Well, frankly, I don't know whether that's true or not," Cuccinelli told WMAL Friday. The gubernatorial nominee contrasted his relative lack of familiarity with Jackson to his close relationship with Attorney General nominee Mark Obenshain.
"I sat [in the State Senate] while Mark cast about 15,000 votes over six years. I have a pretty good idea where Mark is on most issues. I really just have never had that kind of experience with E.W.," he said.
Jackson has drawn national attention for comments he's made in the past on social issues ranging from homosexuality to abortion. Jackson once compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan, saying the abortion-rights organization has been far more lethal to blacks that the KKK ever was.
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