‘Extremely offensive’: Virginia state appointee sent, defended anti-Catholic tweets

The Deacon's Bench | 8/25/2019 | Staff
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From The Richmond Times-Dispatch:

One of Gov. Ralph Northam’s new appointees to a state council that advises him on women’s issues has a history of making derogatory attacks on Twitter, including telling author Cornel West to “f— off and die,” and making jokes about Catholics and Catholic priests and pedophilia.

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Northam’s office announced Aug. 16 that Gail Gordon Donegan, a Democratic activist from Alexandria, was among new appointees to the Virginia Council on Women. The 18-member council advises the governor and General Assembly on women’s issues, awards scholarships and develops programming.

In a phone call on Thursday, Donegan defended her social media posts.

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“Psychological studies show that people who swear make better friends,” she said. “… And they’re smarter.”

In a phone call on Friday, she said: “I will say for the record that my father was severely beaten in Catholic foster homes and I am an atheist. My father was orphaned at age 4, sent to live in Catholic foster homes and severely beaten until he ran away at age 14.”

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She added: “My husband is an ex-Catholic and he’s not offended by my tweets.”

She declined further comment.

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After reviewing some of Donegan’s Twitter posts, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington issued a statement of disappointment in Northam.

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