gop congressional candidate dick black doesnt have a problem with spousal rape

Dick Black, a state senator from Virginia, fought against putting up a statue of Abraham Lincoln and let a reporter watch him watch violent rape porn on a library computer. Now, he wants to move up in his job.

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After losing big in the state elections last year, Republicans in Virginia are talking about whether their party has become known for its extremists. But in Northern Virginia, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, one of the state’s biggest supporters of culture war, is running in the Republican primary to replace retiring GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf. And he’s sure to make people angry about controversial topics. Exhibit A: When Black was a state legislator, he was against making spousal rape a crime. He said that it would be impossible to convict a husband of raping his wife “when they live together, sleep in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so on.”

Emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, has been called “baby pesticide” by Black. Black also fought to stop an Abraham Lincoln statue from being put up at a former Confederate site in Richmond. At the time, he said that he wasn’t sure if statues of Lincoln should be in Virginia. He has said that abortion is an even bigger wrong than slavery. And once, to show why libraries should block porn on their computers, Black let a TV reporter watch him watch violent rape porn on a library computer terminal.

Black was chosen to be a delegate in the Virginia House in 1998. He caused a lot of fights over social issues until 2005, when he was voted out of office. Black wasn’t done, though. In 2011, Black was voted back into the legislature, this time to the state Senate. He had moved around Northern Virginia a few times looking for a friendly district

 

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At a rally in 2011, Richard H. Black was introduced by Ken Cuccinelli, who is the Republican attorney general.

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After losing big in the state elections last year, Republicans in Virginia are talking about whether their party has become known for its extremists. But in Northern Virginia, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, one of the state’s biggest supporters of culture war, is running in the Republican primary to replace retiring GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf. And he’s sure to make people angry about controversial topics. Exhibit A: When Black was a state legislator, he was against making spousal rape a crime. He said that it would be impossible to convict a husband of raping his wife “when they live together, sleep in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so on.”

Emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, has been called “baby pesticide” by Black. Black also fought to stop an Abraham Lincoln statue from being put up at a former Confederate site in Richmond. At the time, he said that he wasn’t sure if statues of Lincoln should be in Virginia. He has said that abortion is an even bigger wrong than slavery. And once, to show why libraries should block porn on their computers, Black let a TV reporter watch him watch violent rape porn on a library computer terminal.

Black was chosen to be a delegate in the Virginia House in 1998. He caused a lot of fights over social issues until 2005, when he was voted out of office. Black wasn’t done, though. In 2011, Black was voted back into the legislature, this time to the state Senate. He had moved around Northern Virginia a few times looking for a friendly district.

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If the GOP chooses to pick candidates through a convention instead of a primary, Black, who has a lot of support from conservative grassroots voters, would have a good chance of beating his moderate opponents in the race to replace Wolf. (Black sometimes got hundreds of thousands of dollars for his House races. In recent years, Tea Party members and social conservatives have won most of the Republican nomination races in Virginia. The party will decide between the two on January 23. Republicans have held the seat Black is running for for the past 14 years, but Mitt Romney only won the district by a small amount in 2012. A Republican nominee who isn’t too conservative could be the key to keeping the seat in Republican hands. Since he went back to the Legislature in 2011, Black has tried to show himself as a fiscal conservative instead of a social conservative with a lot of fire in his mouth. But he may still have to defend his time as Virginia’s leading far-right warrior.

After leaving his job as a military prosecutor at the end of the 1990s, Black went into politics. He talked to the media a lot about sexual assault in the military. He said that rape in the military was “as predictable as human nature.” In 1996, Black told a newspaper, “Think of yourself at 25.” “Wouldn’t you love to be in charge of a group of 19-year-old girls every day?”

Black’s first job in politics was on the Loudoun County Library Board in Northern Virginia. There, he wrote a rule that said library computers couldn’t be used to look at pornographic material. The move got attention all over the country. In a First Amendment case against the Loudoun County Library Board, Black’s restrictions were thrown out, but the county had to pay $100,000 to settle the case. During that time, librarians in Loudoun say they only got one complaint about porn on their computers, and it was about Black when he did his rape pornography stunt.

Still, Black used the fight to get himself elected to the Virginia legislature. Even though he didn’t pass much legislation from 1998 until 2006, when a Democrat beat him in an election, Black never missed a chance to be at the front of any social fight in the statehouse.

For example, the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School led Black to suggest that Virginia students be required to call their teachers “Ma’am,” “Sir,” “Mr.,” “Ms.,” or “Mrs.” Black said, “The counterculture revolution of the 1970s brought the war into the classroom.” Before that, public schools were models of good behaviour. Then we started to see what happened at Columbine.

In 2003, Black led a fight to stop a statue of Abraham Lincoln sitting with his son Tad from being put on the grounds of the Tredegar Iron Works, which made cannons for the Confederate army during the Civil War. Black told the Washington Post that putting a statue of Lincoln there would be like putting the Confederate flag at the Lincoln Memorial. He also said that the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, should be enough. Black even asked Jerry Kilgore, the Republican Attorney General of Virginia, to look into whether any state laws stopped the National Park Service, which rents Tredegar, from putting up the statue. (None did.)

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