Marshall to Comstock: Give the Money Back
MANASSAS, VA, 4/7/14 - Delegate Bob Marshall, a member of the Virginia Assembly, is strongly pressing Barbara Comstock to return her share of $400,000 in campaign contributions raised at a recent New York City fundraiser.
The fundraising event was hosted by Paul Singer, the billionaire same-sex marriage advocate, for Comstock and two other Republican women running for Congress.
Marshall cited a Washington Post blog about the fundraiser. (See http://wapo.st/1lFaVt1.) Both Marshall and Comstock are Republican candidates for the seat being vacated by Congressman Frank Wolf in northern Virginia's 10th Congressional District.
"Donors support the candidates they believe will support their agendas," Marshall said. "You don't see pro-gun groups donating to gun control candidates."
"How can Barbara Comstock take so much money and convince Republican voters she upholds the Republican Party platform advocating traditional marriage?"
The GOP platform asserts, "We believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman, must be upheld as the national standard "
Marshall said that Comstock previously accepted $80,000 from Paul Singer through 2013. Singer has spent more than $10 million on homosexual marriage causes in the United States and elsewhere, according to a Feb. 18 Politico article.
Comstock also has accepted $18,700 from attorney Ted Olson, who has been hired by Singer to file lawsuits to overturn state traditional marriage laws. Olson undid California's Proposition 8 and recently called a court ruling invalidating Virginia's Marriage Amendment a "beautiful decision."
"Barbara Comstock attempts to dismiss Singer's targeted largesse by pointing out other candidates who have accepted his donations," Marshall said. "However, she fails to reveal that those other candidates accepted Singer's money before his same-sex crusade began in 2010."
Marshall said he wonders whether well- known Catholics who support Comstock - such as former Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) and a former Vatican ambassador - are aware of these donations.
"I doubt they would be comfortable with this," Marshall said. "I hope they, too, ask her to return this money."
Marshall observed that the homosexual lobby engages in unseemly tactics that are more about "submission" than tolerance, such as bringing about the recent firing of Brandon Eich, Mozilla's chief executive officer, because he contributed $1,000 in 2006 to support California's Proposition 8 affirming traditional marriage.
"Conservative and Republican business owners and officers well might be subjected to gay hiring quotas if Comstock is elected to Congress and if she votes for the so-called gay 'non-discrimination bill' in Congress," Marshall said.
"Unless Comstock gives the money back today, her disavowals of Singer's gay marriage influence will ring hollow with most Republicans. And they still might ring hollow even if Comstock returns the money because the question is raised about why she sought and accepted so much money from a gay marriage advocate in the first place."
DelegateBob Marshall, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1991, is one of six candidates vying for the Republican nomination for Congress in Virginia's 10th Congressional District. A GOP "Firehouse Primary" to choose the nominee is being held on Saturday, April 26.
The voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at just ten polling locations throughout the 10th District, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Frederick and Clarke Counties, and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester.