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Opponents Hit Black For Tweet About McCabe

© Leesburg Today - 09/25/2015

State Sen. Richard H. Black was under fire Friday for what opponents are calling a sexist Twitter attack on his challenger, Dr. Jill McCabe.

Black, a Leesburg Republican, apparently tweeted a campaign graphic Thursday that attempted to contrast his experience with that of the Democratic nominee in the 13th District.

On one side of the graphic, it showed the lawmaker in a military uniform and outlined a laundry list of accomplishments, including ""senator,"" ""delegate,"" ""accountant"" and ""career prosecutor."" On the other was a photo of McCabe, squinting, with her experience chalked up to only two items: ""doctor"" and ""mother.""

The tweet isn't currently on Black's Twitter feed, but The Huffington Post published an image of it Thursday, and Democrats and liberal groups were speaking out against it a day later.

McCabe also replied with a statement of her own.

""Career politician Dick Black's out-of-touch and callous tweet shows that he thinks balancing a career and a family is simply 'not enough,'"" she said. ""By pushing backwards, dangerous policies and belittling the value of working mothers, Dick Black insults women everywhere.""

Black could not be immediately reached to comment.

However, the three Democratic state legislators who represent Loudoun County denounced him Friday, as well.

""I am deeply offended by Dick Black's chauvinistic attempt to diminish Dr. Jill McCabe's many accomplishments,"" state Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-33), a mother of two, said in a statement released by the Democratic Party of Virginia. ""Both 'doctor' and 'mother' are impressive titles on their own, and I certainly know how hard it is to juggle raising children with the demands of a professional career. Senator Black's patronizing remarks prove just how out of touch he is with Loudoun families.""

Said Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31), who has one child: ""Dick Black's unabashed sexism is one of the many reasons voters must replace him this November. Dr. Jill McCabe is an incredibly accomplished emergency room pediatrician, education advocate and, of course, a mother of two. For Dick Black to cheapen any of that is offensive.""

In addition, Black's listing on the campaign graphic of ""herpetologist,"" one who studies amphibians and reptiles, riled Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34).

""Dick Black thinks being a 'reptile enthusiast' is a more legitimate qualification than being a mother and a doctor? Seriously? He's a snake,"" said Murphy, whom the Democratic Party noted is a mother of six.

Anna Scholl, executive director of ProgressVA and a co-founder of the Virginia Women's Equality Coalition, said Black's ""sexist belittling"" of McCabe ""insults working mothers everywhere.""

""As a working mother, I can attest to the hard work involved in raising a family while working full-time,"" Scholl said in a prepared statement. ""For all of Dick Black's 'experience,' he obviously hasn't learned to respect women.""

And Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam chimed in, too.

Herring tweeted out the Huffington Post story, and Northam issued a statement released by the Virginia Democratic Party.

""As a doctor, I know a thing or two about what goes into balancing a medical career with a campaign and a family,"" the lieutenant governor said. ""It's completely offensive to men and women to downplay Jill's accomplishments, professionally and personally.""

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