Now this is very interesting. Sheila Johnson, the billionaire co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, Democratic Party donor and quickly becoming a major player in Virginia politics, endorses anti-gay Republican Bob McDonnell for Virginia governor, reports the Washington Post.
Sheila Johnson joined McDonnell at a Monday appearance in Richmond.
She says she thinks the Republican can turn around the state's sluggish
economy and prefers him over his Democratic opponent, R. Creigh Deeds.
Johnson and her former husband, Robert Johnson, sold BET in 2000 to Viacom for $3 billion. She backed Barack Obama for president, but has given some money to GOP candidates in the past though most of her support has gone to Democrats.
McDonnell is a social conservative and a firm opponent of gay rights and a woman's right to choose. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992–2005 and then served as the commonwealth's Attorney General. McDonnell opposes a woman's right to choose, "even in cases of rape and incest and the health of the mother, the most extreme position." McDonnell's record on gays and gay righst is just a extreme, reports the Virginia Democrat blog.
"Several years ago, Mr. McDonnell sought to block the reappointment of a Newport News Circuit Judge named Verbina Askew because she was allegedly gay. [McDonnell] went to great pains to assert that the judge’s sexual orientation did not matter to him; rather, the fact that she may have violated Virginia anti-sodomy statute in force at the time, which prohibited oral and anal sex, was a factor to consider in her reappointment. Said McDonnell at the time, 'It [possible sodomy] certainly raises some questions about the qualifications to serve as a judge. There is certain homosexual conduct that is in violation of the law. I’m not telling you I would disqualify a judge per se if he said he was gay. I’m talking about their actions.' "
Would Bob McDonnell deny a gay Virginian a job in his Administration? And what does Sheila Johnson say about this?