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Public Advocate supports Hero Legislator Bob Marshall As He Leads Vote Against Homosexual Judge..... Majority-- 67-- vote to "kill" nomination.

With just hours notice, Public Advocate president Eugene Delgaudio wrote thousands of Virginia supporters using the emergency internet alert system which can mobilize selected activists.

Writing twice in two days generated the critical calls to help hero legislator Robert Marshall in stopping a bad nominee who had campaigned as a homosexual advocate and was about to become a judge by vote of the Virginia Assembly.

Legislators ignored 70 per cent of the voting public who supported traditional marriage in a referendum in 2008 by voting in various twists and turns "against" the nominee.

Public Advocate believes that it should be 70 no votes on the record. We digress.

Although 67 legislators "voted" against the nomination (see description) and there are 33 openly pro-gay votes.

The Richmond Times reported "Here is the roll call vote in the House of Delegates early Tuesday on Tracy Thorne-Begland, Richmond's chief deputy commonwealth's attorney, who was rejected for a judgeship in general district court. Thorne-Begland received 33 yea votes and 31 delegates voted against him. He needed a majority of the chamber -- 51 votes, to be elected."

But Democrats and Republicans who abstained or "did not vote" were also registerd as opposition votes due to the custom of the Virginia Assembly-- a judge must obtain a majority vote and legislators normally "don't vote" to register a no vote.

So liberals first tried to portray the judge getting "more" votes. Enough news sources followed up and showed the larger picture shortly.

The Richmond Times posted another report and other news sites reported: 33 yea votes, 31 no votes, 10 abstentions,
26 not voting.

In traditional Virginia "not voting" is the polite manner to vote no. And abstaining is considered a "no" vote in judicial nominations when 51 votes are necessary for approval.

Pro-family vote counters calculate 33 openly pro-homosexual votes in the General Assembly and while appreciating the 67 votes "against" the nominee we would have more appreciated a "no" vote on the record.

And Public Advocate wonders why it takes heros like Robert Marshall (in photo above, Marshall and PA President Delgaudio) to stop a pro-homosexual activist judge from being elected to the court when so-called conservatives run three executive statewide offices and the General Assembly and the Senate.

Mr. Thorne-Begland: World Class World Renowed Gay Spokesman

It is typical of some Republicans and Democrats to act like its routine to put a Barney Frank style political activist as a judge.

From pro-family sources: "Mr. Thorne-Begland has a long history of political activism and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy after going on national television to announce that he had violated federal law, the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" policy enthusiastically signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, in the early 1990s.

More recently, he has made public statements that reveal a personal political agenda that runs contrary to the Virginia Constitution and statute. Many of these concerns did not come to light until after he had been deemed qualified to be a judge by the General Assembly's Courts of Justice Committees."

How they voted

Here is the roll call vote in the House of Delegates early Tuesday on Tracy Thorne-Begland, Richmond's chief deputy commonwealth's attorney, who was rejected for a judgeship in Richmond General District Court.

Thorne-Begland received 33 yea votes, and 31 delegates voted against him. He needed a majority " 51 votes " to be elected.


  • David B. Albo, R-Fairfax
  • Kenneth C. Alexander, D-Norfolk
  • Mamye E. BaCote, D-Newport News
  • David L. Bulova, D-Fairfax
  • Betsy B. Carr, D-Richmond
  • Barbara J. Comstock, R-Fairfax
  • Rosalyn R. Dance, D-Petersburg
  • Peter F. Farrell, R-Henrico
  • Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax
  • Charniele L. Herring, D-Alexandria
  • Patrick A. Hope, D-Arlington
  • Algie T. Howell Jr., D-Norfolk
  • Matthew James, D-Portsmouth
  • Mark L. Keam, D-Fairfax
  • Terry G. Kilgore, R-Scott
  • L. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax
  • James M. LeMunyon, R-Fairfax
  • Lynwood W. Lewis Jr., D-Accomack
  • Alfonso H. Lopez, D-Arlington
  • G. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond
  • Jennifer L. McClellan, D-Richmond
  • Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond
  • Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico
  • Thomas Davis Rust, R-Fairfax
  • James M. Scott, D-Fairfax
  • Mark D. Sickles, D-Fairfax
  • Lionell Spruill Sr., D-Chesapeake
  • Scott A. Surovell, D-Fairfax
  • Luke Torian, D-Prince William
  • David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville
  • Jeion A. Ward, D-Hampton
  • Vivian E. Watts, D-Fairfax
  • Joseph A. Yost, R-Montgomery


  • Richard L. Anderson, R-Prince William
  • Richard P. "Dickie" Bell, R-Staunton
  • Robert B. Bell, R-Albemarle
  • Kathy J. Byron, R-Campbell
  • Benjamin L. Cline, R-Rockbridge
  • Mark L. Cole, R-Spotsylvania
  • John A. Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake
  • John A. Cox, R-Hanover
  • L. Mark Dudenhefer, R-Stafford
  • James E. Edmunds II, R-Halifax
  • C. Matthew Fariss, R-Campbell
  • T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg
  • Thomas A. "Tag" Greason, R-Loudoun
  • Gordon C. Helsel Jr., R-Poquoson
  • M. Keith Hodges, R-Middlesex
  • Timothy D. Hugo, R-Fairfax
  • Salvatore R. Iaquinto, R-Virginia Beach
  • Barry D. Knight, R-Virginia Beach
  • L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William
  • Daniel W. Marshall III, R-Danville
  • Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William
  • Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico
  • Donald W. Merricks, R-Pittsylvania
  • James W. "Will" Morefield, R-Tazewell
  • Brenda L. Pogge, R-James City
  • Charles D. Poindexter, R-Franklin County
  • David I. Ramadan, R-Loudoun
  • Roxann L. Robinson, R-Chesterfield
  • Ron Villanueva, R-Virginia Beach
  • Michael B. Watson, R-Williamsburg
  • Tony O. Wilt, R-Rockingham

Abstentions (10) Appreciated, Need More Spine To Stand with the Family

  • M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights
  • Anne B. Crockett-Stark, R-Wythe
  • Riley E. Ingram, R-Hopewell
  • R. Steven Landes, R-Augusta
  • Israel D. O'Quinn, R-Bristol
  • Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford
  • Larry N. Rush, R-Montgomery
  • Edward T. Scott, R-Madison
  • Beverly J. Sherwood, R-Frederick
  • Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach

Not voting (26)

Appreciated but where's the leadership when called on? They were asked to vote "no" to homosexual activist being on the court and they passed up a chance to say "no".

  • Robert H. Brink, D-Arlington
  • David L. Englin, D-Alexandria
  • C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah
  • Gregory D. Habeeb, R-Salem
  • Christopher T. Head, R-Roanoke
  • William J. Howell, R-Stafford (Speaker lost his voice)
  • Johnny S. Joannou, D-Portsmouth
  • Joseph P. Johnson Jr., D-Washington County
  • S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk
  • Joe T. May, R-Loudoun
  • Jackson H. Miller, R-Manassas
  • J. Randall "Randy" Minchew, R-Leesburg
  • Richard L. Morris, R-Isle of Wight
  • John M. O'Bannon III, R-Henrico
  • Robert D. Orrock Sr., R-Caroline
  • Christopher K. Peace, R-Hanover
  • Kenneth R. Plum, D-Fairfax
  • Harry R. Purkey, R-Virginia Beach
  • Margaret B. Ransone, R-Westmoreland
  • Robert Tata, R-Virginia Beach
  • Roslyn C. Tyler, D-Sussex
  • Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke
  • R. Lee Ware Jr., R-Powhatan
  • Michael J. Webert, R-Fauquier
  • Thomas C. Wright Jr., R-Lunenburg
  • David E. Yancey, R-Newport News