Monday, October 13


Washington Post - The chairman of the Virginia Republican Party has compared Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden because of the Illinois senator's past association with Bill Ayers, who has confessed to domestic bombings as a member of the Vietnam War-era Weather Underground. . . According to a report in this week's Time magazine, the Virginia party chairman, Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William), told Virginia volunteers working for GOP nominee John McCain that Obama and bin Laden "both have friends that bombed the Pentagon." . . . Yesterday, Frederick said he stood by the comparison, even though bin Laden planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon that killed 184 people and Obama was a child and hadn't met Ayers when the Weather Underground planted a bomb at the Pentagon in 1972. . .

Danville Register & Bee
Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign has ousted its Buchanan County chairman for writing a newspaper column deemed racially offensive. The McCain campaign announced it was dropping Bobby May, a Republican political advertising specialist, after it discovered the column commenting on a potential Barack Obama administration.

The column, "The (clarified) platform of Barack Hussein Obama," originally appeared The Voice, a newspaper in the southwestern Virginia county. In it, May mockingly laid out his opinion of what Obama's presidential policies would be. May wrote that if elected, the Democratic candidate would hire rapper Ludacris to paint the White House black and change the national anthem to the "Black National Anthem" by James Weldon JohnsonMay has been involved with dozens of Republican campaigns throughout Virginia, including former gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., R-5th. Sarah Arkin is a staff writer for the Danville Register & Bee in Danville


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