Virginia Atty General Bob McDonnell is GOP Gov Nominee, Has Pro-Life Backing
by Steven Ertelt
November 24, 2008
Richmond, VA (LifeNews.com) — Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell became the Republican nominee for the 2009 governor’s race on Friday. The state GOP had until then to file paperwork to seek the nomination at next year’s convention and no one rose to oppose McDonnell for the nomination.
McDonnell has long had a strong relationship with the pro-life movement and the head of the state pro-life group in Virginia told LifeNews.com her organization will support him.
Olivia Gans, the president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, says the group is "proud to support Bob McDonnell in his bid for the governorship of Virginia."
"As Attorney General he has been a steadfast and vocal supporter of the rights of the unborn as well as protection for women from unscrupulous abortionists," Gans said. "He is an articulate leader on the full range of pro-life issues in Virginia and the nation."
Gans said McDonnell’s office has spared no effort in defending the Virginia partial-birth abortion ban, which pro-abortion groups took to court. The measure is currently before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Pro-life Virginians have been fortunate to work alongside Attorney General McDonnell since his days in the Virginia House of Delegates and look forward to continuing to work with him as governor," Gans added.
The Democratic Party’s deadline to run is not until next year and pro-abortion incumbent Governor Tim Kaine is term-limited.
Former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe, state Senator Creigh Deeds and state House Democratic Caucus chairman Brian Moran are all actively seeking the party’s nomination.
Related web sites:
Virginia Society for Human Life – https://www.vshl.org
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