Virginia FReepers and our out of state supporters should kick off this campaign right now, and dig up all the dirt we can on Tim Kaine ( Re: MUD's post). No holds barred! Kilgore is the best friend that Virginia conservatives have had in a loooooong time.
I hopped on that bandwagon the minute I saw Earley had blown his chance last election...Kaine's a sittin' duck, panty-waist, UkropLib'ralButtLickin' RAT of the worst sort!!
We're gonna have Li'l Timmie fer breakfast, lunch and dinner...but not until he's the official nominee. In fact, I've probably already said too much...MUD
Jan 04, 2003
Kilgore: No law blocks statueBY TYLER WHITLEY
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore said yesterday that Confederate sympathizers who want to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln from being erected in Richmond are rebels without a cause.
"I am unaware of any state law that would allow Virginia to prevent the placement of the statue of President Abraham Lincoln at a federal park," Kilgore said.
At the same time, Kilgore said he hoped the discussion about the statue would enable both sides to develop a "new respect and mutual forbearance . . . between those who claim the heritage of Lincoln and those who claim the heritage of Lee."
The U.S. Historical Society has proposed placing a life-size bronze statue of Lincoln at the National Park Service's Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center, which is on the grounds of the former Tredegar Iron Works. Tredegar supplied guns and munitions for the Confederacy.
Confederate heritage groups, outraged at what they considered a slap at Southern heritage, found a state law that they felt could block the effort.
Del. Richard H. Black, R-Loudoun, agreed to seek an attorney general's opinion on the law, putting Kilgore, a potential Republican candidate for governor, on the spot.
The law, dealing with war memorials, prohibits placing Union markings or monuments on Confederate memorials, or vice versa.
Since Tredegar is a monument to the Confederate armorer, the heritage groups said that would prohibit the Lincoln statue from being placed there.
Kilgore said he had not received a formal request from Black for an opinion but noted that Ethyl Corp. owns the property in question. The federal park service leases the property from Ethyl.
This would remove the statue from consideration as a state issue, he said.
Noting that icons and figures from the Civil War mean different things to different people, Kilgore added: "I am of the belief that you cannot have a significant discussion of the history of the war without presenting all sides. Unfortunately, passions have clouded a reasoned and tolerant discussion of this era and the war."
He said he hoped that as the discussion about the statue continues, "all Virginians would seek to learn the truth about the causes, events, personalities and effects of the war."
David Ruth, assistant superintendent of the park service, noted that Tredegar supplied armor to the federal government before and after the Civil War.
Contact Tyler Whitley at (804) 649-6780 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There were online polls running at the RTD and the Virginian-Pilot, both running against the Lincoln statue 3:1.