I don’t know if Mark remembers this, but the first time I met him was election day November of 2005. I was in Harrisonburg for the weekend doing GOTV for the Republican ticket and helping Matt Lohr win his delegate race. I was passing out literature at a polling location, and what I saw of Mark Obenshain that day impressed me.
This was the state election in between the two votes by the General Assembly on the state marriage amendment. While a bunch of homeschoolers and Mark Obenshain were manning the poll for the Republicans, a militant lesbian couple was manning the polls for the Democrats. They were furious with Obenshain for supporting the marriage amendment and got in his face to make sure he knew it. Obenshain’s response was one of kindness, but conviction. He defended his vote, took the time to explain why, and never had the slightest hint of responding in kind. As a highschooler just getting involved in politics, I was impressed. The qualities he showed that day are exactly why we need to nominate Sen. Mark Obenshain to run for Attorney General on May 18th.
This year, the Republican Attorney General nominee will be attacked viciously on social issues by the Democrats. With the successful implementation of the TRAP legislation, passage of the ultrasound legislation, and other efforts, the Democrats are up in arms over the “Republican assault on a Women’s right to choose what to do with her body.” At a time when many Republicans are afraid to stand up for the unborn and traditional marriage, Mark Obenshain will be an effective communicator on these crucial issues.
Over the last eight years, I’ve watched Mark Obenshain lead in the fight for conservative values. No senator worked more closely with Sen. Ken Cuccinelli than Mark Obenshain. They would team up for key procedural votes, and carry each others proxies in committees. After Ken Cuccinelli, no one in the General Assembly did more to get the Property Rights Amendment passed than Mark Obenshain. Along with being a dedicated conservative, Mark Obenshain is also a bridge builder. He was elected as the conservative voice on the senate leadership team, and has put together a broad coalition for his bid for Attorney General.
I appreciate Rob Bell’s work in the House of Delegates. As a homeschooler, I definitely appreciate his hard work to pass the Tebow Bill. While there is little difference between the two candidates on the issues, there is an important difference in focus. Rob Bell has been running as the “tough on crime” Attorney General candidate, while Obenshain has been running as the pro-liberty candidate. Honestly, I think penalties are high enough for a lot of crimes, and we probably need to start thinking about whether penalties are too high. Obenshain on the other hand talks about the need to “expand the realm of Liberty in our lives.” At a time when the Federal Government is encroaching on our freedoms, we need an Attorney General dedicated on protecting them.
I look forward to helping Mark Obenshain win the nomination on May 18th, and the election in November.