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Topic - Vincent F. Callahan Jr.
Virginia Democrats tried to shift the focus Monday away from their own embattled gubernatorial candidate to newly minted Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson, whose controversial remarks on abortion and gay rights have quickly landed the fiery Chesapeake minister in the national spotlight.
The multibillion-dollar transportation plan Virginia lawmakers approved earlier this year is a constitutional train wreck that sells out the party's basic tenets of low taxation and less government, a group of Republicans says.
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"Having been involved with the development and building of the Republican Party here for 40 years, my problem is that the party has gone astray," said Mr. Callahan, the longest-serving Republican member of the House of Delegates. "Traditional Republicans like myself are left out, and I think the party has been hijacked by reactionary Republicans masquerading as conservatives."
"This is a classic example of sausage-making," he said. "You don't want to see it happen."