Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Jerry Kilgore - Swift Boats Virginia

I found this at swing state project on the governors campaign in Virginia between Jerry Kilgore (R) and Tim Kaine (D). As usual, the Republicans are out swift boating again.

Absolutely despicable.

That's the only way to describe the new attack ads Jerry Kilgore is running against Tim Kaine in Virginia. Set against a black back-drop, the father of a man whose son and daughter-in-law were murdered, speaks passionately about how Tim Kaine "voluntarily" defended the murderer. Forget the fact that Tim Kaine was court-appointed, forget about the fact that the two were apparently murdered in a drug deal gone bad, these type of ads represent the worst of our political process.

I went to Kilgore's web site and watched the video. It absolutely pissed me off and spoke volumes to me about what type of man Kilgore is. The ad attacks Tim Kaine for doing exactly what he should have done - represent his court appointed client to the absolute best of his ability. It attacks Kaine for doing exactly what every single American has a constitutional right to have.

Now, if Kilgore attacked Kaine for being a sloppy lawyer, that would have been one thing. But Kilgore is attacking Kaine for upholding the cannons of legal ethics and the constitution. He is attacking Kaine for doing a good job. If anything, Kaine shown that he can put personal feelings aside to uphold our constitution.

If Kilgore doesn't believe that accused criminals have a right to legal counsel, he has no business being the governor. Hell, he has no business being a dog catcher.

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