Virginia GOP chair disses Jackson's "anti-God" comments

"I do not agree with that statement," the state's top Republican tells Salon

Published August 1, 2013 8:50PM (EDT)

E.W. Jackson      (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
E.W. Jackson (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

The chairman of the Virginia Republican Party told Salon this afternoon that he disagrees with his party's nominee for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, who said earlier today that the Democratic Party is "anti-God."

In a local radio interview this morning, Jackson said you can't be a Democrat and a Christian at the same time. “I believe that the Democrat Party has become an anti-God party, I think it’s an anti-life party, I think it’s an anti-family party," Jackson told WLEE host Jack Gravely.

But Pat Mullins, the state's GOP chairman, said he does not endorse that sentiment. "I do not agree with that statement," he told Salon in a statement. "My parents were Democrats, and I've got a lot of Democratic friends in Christian churches all around Virginia."

Jackson's hard-line social conservatism has alienated others in his party in the past.

By Alex Seitz-Wald

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