Except the Washington Post didn’t let him off the hook. GOP gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell in Virginia thinks moms who work ruin families. Really. He does.
At age 34, two years before his first election and two decades before he would run for governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master’s thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he described working women and feminists as “detrimental” to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over “cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.” He described as “illogical” a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.
During his 14 years in the General Assembly, McDonnell pursued at least 10 of the policy goals he laid out in that research paper, including abortion restrictions, covenant marriage, school vouchers and tax policies to favor his view of the traditional family. In 2001, he voted against a resolution in support of ending wage discrimination between men and women.
McDonnell says he has changed. I have a hard time believing that this 34 year old has become an enlightened 54 year old supporter of working moms. I wonder if he voted for McCain and his working mom VP nominee Sarah Palin.