Young Democrats Call for Bob Marshall's Resignation Over Disgraceful Comments
Using disabled children and their families as a political prop for his extremist Republican agenda is out of line
Richmond, VA – Virginians are shocked and outraged at the recent comments made by Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall and the Young Democrats will not stand by idly while such statements are made. State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy, the Staunton News Leader reported today.
"Bob Marshall's recent apology does not correct what he has done," said Dan Davis, Disability Caucus Chairman for the Virginia Young Democrats. "Del. Marshall should stop using disabled children and their families as a political prop for his extremist Republican agenda. We are deeply offended and demand that he resign his position as a Delegate in the Commonwealth, our Commonwealth."
In recognizing the negative effect of such disgraceful and offensive language on all disabled youth across the country, VAYD's parent organization, the Young Democrats of America, joined in calling out Bob Marshall and asking for his immediate resignation.
"These kinds of comments are deeply offensive and can absolutely not be tolerated from an elected official who claims to represent the public." says Ben Spangenberg, Chairman of the national Disabilities Issues Caucus of the Young Democrats of America, and Virginia resident.
"With the incredibly important issues facing Virginians today, including a massive budget gap requiring our attention, Republicans are focusing on spewing hate instead of helping out citizens," remarked VAYD Executive Director Toby Quaranta. "Republicans continue to fail to lead in Richmond. Bob Marshall should be ashamed of himself. Governor Bob McDonnell should repudiate Delegate Marshall’s comments and call for his immediate resignation."
The Virginia Young Democrats is a statewide organization for Democrats under the age of 36. With 51 chapters and 10,000 members, the Virginia Young Democrats are the premiere volunteer organization for Democrats in the commonwealth.
The Young Democrats of America is the largest youth-led partisan political organization in the country and represents Democratic youth under the age of 36. With 300,000+ members – including middle school, high school and college students as well as young workers, young professionals and young families – YDA reflects the broad diversity of our nation and the Democratic Party. The Young Democrats of America has been the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932.