A few days ago, we posted on what seemed the curious sight of Mark Obenshain, the Republican candidate for attorney general, appearing to target the Muslim vote in Virginia by issuing a statement noting the Ramadan holiday. (If you missed it, you can find that post here.)
Lo, he’s not the only one. While following a link onto the Democratic-oriented Blue Virginia blog, what did we find but a graphic of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe doing the same.
It’s unclear to me if this is an ad or just a logo lifted from the McAuliffe website; it doesn’t have the usual “paid for” logo on it, and given its placement in a blog post (as opposed to the rail where ads normally run), I suspect it’s the latter. I looked on McAuliffe’s website but didn’t see it, but don’t claim to have looked in every nook and cranny. In any case, it’s another sign of changing times in the Old Dominion:
For what it’s worth, I tried to find some stats on the size of the Muslim population in Virginia. I did find a 2008 survey that said 0.5% of the state’s population is Islamic (76% were identified as Christian with Baptists and Catholics being the two biggest sub-sets; the second biggest group after Christian was “unaffiliated,” which came in at 18%. Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism were next, at 1% apiece.)
UPDATE, 10:55 a.m.: The editor of Blue Virginia tells us that this was, indeed, a graphic that appeared on McAuliffe’s Facebook page.