An African-American and a Republican, E.W. Jackson hasn't made many friends among the left.
The New York Times characterized Virginia's GOP lieutenant governor candidate as "beguiling extremist."
Today's Huffington Post, in its front page teaser headline and photo, called Jackson a "VA bigot."
Now Jackson has stated that he's in "fundamental agreement" with his running mate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R).
The conservative minister observed that "this ticket is probably more homogeneous than almost any ticket in the history of Virginia, so there’s no stark disagreement between us,” he said during the interview with Washington D.C.'s WMAL-FM.
Jackson has came under fire for once comparing Planned Parenthood with the Ku Klux Klan, the Huffington Post noted. He also wrote in 2010 that President Barack Obama "clearly has Muslim sensibilities" and warned for the future of Israel, BuzzFeed reported. Some of his statements have also been defined as anti-gay.
Jackson has refused to apologize for his statements.
"I don't have anything to rephrase or to apologize for," he said shortly after he was nominated, noted the Huffington Post. "I would just say, people should not paint me as one-dimensional. I have a whole lot of concerns."
E.W. Jackson, Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, rolls up his sleeves as he walks though the crowd gathered in front of the Va. GOP Headquarters in Albemarle, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (Credit: AP)
Jackson's views haven't affected his running mate's plans for the campaign.
“It doesn’t change our message a lick,” Cuccinelli said when asked about Jackson's impact on the race, the Huffington Post noted. “He’s got to defend all his own statements and he’s going to go about doing that, but we run our own race.”
Cuccinelli is pitted against former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe in November's general election.
Here's audio of Jackson discussing his views; his comments about being in "fundamental agreement" with Cuccinelli begin after the 7-minute mark during the WMAL-FM interview:
Jackson delivers a fiery address at the convention of the Republican Party of Virginia a few weeks ago in the following video clip: