Kiss my ass.
Second, let's review the attempts of various DEMOCRAT lawmakers here in the commonwealth of VIRGINIA - along with their buddies in the VIRGINIA press - to lure Northrop Grumman jobs TO MARYLAND:
A quote from Style Weekly:
The controversy [we have a gay controversy, according to these geniuses, because the law here in Virginia has never afforded gay protections; a 300-year-old controversy, they'd have you believe] may be the first time that gay protection laws have become issues in the state’s economic development. [State Senator Don McEachin, D-Richmond] says that Virginia was able to snare such major companies as MeadWestvaco and Hilton Hotels in part because Warner and Kaine protected gay state workers.The implication is that McDonnell - with his "issues" - (?) - is going to drive business away from Virginia.
“We knew [McDonnell] had issues when he was attorney general,” McEachin said.
Then there's the whine that went forth from some liberal columnist (reporter?) at the Virginian-Pilot a couple of weeks ago:
Virginia's failure to protect gays and lesbians against discrimination has become a national embarrassment and could hinder the state's economic development, several lawmakers charged Tuesday on the floor of the House of Delegates.Or might not, much to the Democrat's now-chagrin and crushing disappointment.
The dissenting delegates, all Democrats, unsuccessfully attempted a rare legislative maneuver to revive a bill prohibiting discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation.
Sen. Donald McEachin's bill, SB66, passed the Democrat-led Senate 23-17 but was killed last week by an eight-member subcommittee in the Republican-controlled House. McEachin is a Richmond Democrat.
"Ken Cuccinelli wants to hang a sign in front of the public colleges and universities of this commonwealth that reads 'Gays need not apply,' " said Del. David Englin of Alexandria.
Englin warned that companies such as military contractor Northrop Grumman Corp., which is considering moving its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to Virginia, might be deterred by the state's stance on the issue.
But more on Northrop Grumman in a moment.
From the disturbingly overwrought Delegate Englin [a Google cached version from his own website] we also get this, from a floor screech he gave to the assembled House:
Even if one is willing to set aside the moral outrage that is an Attorney General wasting taxpayer money by seeking to hinder equal protection under the law, we need Governor McDonnell to act now because his Attorney General’s actions are destructive to higher education and destructive to our economic future.Gosh. No. If Cuccinelli's effort to uphold the law as written will jeopardize our economy, I think maybe we should void the rule of law, if that's what it takes.
And speaking of business, businesses throughout Virginia understand that employees should be judged solely on their merit and not on other unrelated factors. The ten largest corporate employers in Virginia have active nondiscrimination policies. Northrop Grumman, whose corporate headquarters we are trying to lure here from California, wins perfect marks from the Human Rights Campaign for equal treatment of its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender workers. Do you really want to let Ken Cuccinelli’s anti-gay crusade risk thousands of good-paying jobs in Virginia?
But would a company facing the kind of massive taxation and regulation like Northrop Grumman does in California be willing to come to gay-bashing Virginia to avoid going under?
You betcha! In a heartbeat!
Northrop Grumman chooses Virginia over MarylandSince Los Angeles real estate values are crap right now, I'd love to know how Northrop Grumman trying to sell its headquarters there at a massive loss is somehow a good reason to do so is beyond me. Unless it was a matter of Virginia real estate being more of a bargain than Maryland's - which is a fact.
Defense contractor to move headquarters and 300 jobs to the state
By Andrea K. Walker, Jamie Smith Hopkins and Paul West, The Baltimore Sun
In a closely watched, highly competitive deal to lure the headquarters of one of the country's largest defense contractors, Northrop Grumman is rejecting Maryland and putting its main office in Virginia, the company confirmed Monday night.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia is expected to announce today that the company will relocate its California headquarters and 300 employees to his state, economic development officials confirmed.
Gov. Martin O'Malley learned about the decision in a late afternoon call with Northrop chief executive Wesley G. Bush, said O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese. The head of the Los Angeles-based company said his choice of Virginia was a real estate decision, he said. [link] [emphasis mine]
But all that's beside the point.
Northrop Grumman is comin' to Virginia!
How sad a day it is for Englin and McEachin and the gay community and the Democratic Party of Virginia and the press and ...
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* "He recently sent a letter to the chief executive of Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman, in which he lambasted the anti-gay policies of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli."