RICHMOND — Dick Black once questioned whether a husband commits rape if he forces his wife to have sex. The former member of the House of Delegates introduced a bill to ban gays from adopting children. He voted to limit access to birth control.
But the Republican who opposes abortion rights is probably best known on Capitol Square for sending plastic pink models of fetuses to lawmakers as they prepared to vote on an abortion bill.
Shawn Mitchell, a Democrat opposing Black in next week’s election for state Senate, is using Black’s record to show he’s extreme for even a new Republican-leaning district in Loudoun and Prince William counties.
Democrats have spent months employing a similar strategy across the state, hoping the conservative crop of Republicans running in this election gives them the edge they need to hold their thin majority in the Senate.
“Having served . . . with Dick Black, I saw up close how zealously out of touch he is with what middle-class families need,’’ said Brian Moran, a former legislator who is chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia. “His obsession with divisive social issues won’t create a single job, won’t get a single commuter out of traffic and won’t put a single teacher back in our classrooms.”
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Authorized by Shawn Mitchell for State Senate