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Virginia candidate worried about Satan wants donations in 6s

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E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, has written passionately about the temptations and evils of the devil, even suggesting that yoga could open people to accepting Satan.

So it’s raising some eyebrows that’s he’s breaking fundraising tradition by abandoning the traditional campaign donation in multiples of $5 for those in multiples of $6, part of the sign of the devil.

He explains in a fundraising letter promoting school choice that the number refers six poor Richmond schools about to be taken over by the state. “If you believe that six failing schools is not something we have to accept, then donate today to my campaign. Donate in multiples of 6 – $600, or $60, or $6,” he wrote.

To be accurate, $666 is not one of Jackson's preset donations in multiples of $6, but could be offered in the “other” category of his fundraising letter.

His letter:

Perhaps you saw the front page article on the Richmond Times Dispatch Saturday.

It makes me sad and angry to even think about it. And that is why I need your help so urgently today.

All campaign, I have been touting parental choice in education as key to improving failing schools.

The evidence to support this solution is overwhelming: everywhere it has been tried, it has worked. Ask Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana. When he implemented school choice among public schools there, it was so popular that they included private schools in the mix.

Did the public schools suffer? No, they got better - when the education of children became the primary mission, over the protection of union bureaucrats.

My friends, the news out of Richmond shows conclusively why we need this solution in Virginia.

In Richmond City, only 13 out of 44 schools - less than 1/3 - were fully accredited. The same is true in urban areas all over the Commonwealth.

All told six schools – six - are slated to be taken over by the state because they have failed their students so badly.

Our children need us to step up for education reform - right now!

Think for a moment of the cost of this failure. The cost in taxpayer money, the cost of time, the cost of the futures of the children in our urban areas.

This is why parental choice in education needs to happen - and I will work relentlessly to make it happen.

Ralph Northam? He said in a recent interview with radio show host John Fredericks that he “doesn’t trust parents” when it comes to their children’s education. The sad part of this is, he chose to send his own children to private schools but would deny poor children that same choice.

I say, if he doesn’t trust parents, why should we trust him in higher office?

The truth is, when it comes to education, Senator Northam has been “Wreck-it Ralph”. He has been on the Senate Education Committee his entire tenure in Richmond, six years. He could have stopped this tragedy at any time by promoting education reform. Instead, he found it more important to push laws (two of them) to benefit his alma mater specifically.

Instead, his catering to the teachers’ union resulted in three of the schools in Norfolk - in his Senate district - getting taken over by the state. The payoff? Five-figure donations from the unions to his campaign.

I cannot be bought and, unlike Senator Northam, I will not sacrifice the next generation of children in urban areas to pacify bureaucrats or unions. When it comes to schools, the children come first, end of story.

Today, I need your help in a special way.

If you believe that six failing schools is not something we have to accept, then donate today to my campaign. Donate in multiples of 6 - $600, or $60, or $6. Please, whatever you can send, I need your help this week to be able to tell the story of education reform across Virginia.

Let’s send the unions a message that our children are more important than their power.

For God and Country,

E.W. Jackson

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.