That same Tuesday when Wolf announced, an important website Virginia Virtucon http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/ posted a poll with a long list of potential candidates. Virginia Delegate Barbara Comstock and Senator Dick Black have been trading first and second place. The site is followed by very politically involved Virginia activists. So it suddenly looked like conservative Dick Black could shape up into a leading contender.
The smear accuses Col. Dick Black of supporting husbands raping their wives, that Black opposed laws against spousal rape. So we have Bill Kristols magazine spreading the liberal war on women scam. This is not the first time the Weekly Standard has taken point for inaccurate hatchet jobs on conservative candidates.
However, incredibly, Dick Black actually voted for the bill in question, H.B. 488. On February 7, 2002, then Delegate Black pointed out problems with the bill but voted for it after those problems were fixed.
Furthermore, Senator Black is the only member of the General Assembly who actually prosecuted a case of spousal rape successfullyas a former JAG officer in the military. The Judge Advocate General attorney prosecuted many men guilty of domestic violence in general.
In the 2002 floor speech replayed in the Democrat campaign ad, it is unmistakably clear that Dick Black was pointing out that the law was unworkable as drafted. Black obviously was not arguing for spousal rape or the legal opportunity for it. It is crystal clear that Black was identifying as a former prosecutor how the law would have problems in the courtroom from a prosecutors perspective. It was rewritten and polished. Black then voted for it, all within days.