I just received the following press release statement from the Waugh campaign.

Press Release from Rick Waugh for Congress, 5/20/10

On Thursday of this week Eric Cantor declined to take a stand in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, nor in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The context of Cantor’s refusal is controversy in the last 48 hours over Republican Senatorial candidate Rand Paul’s statements regarding civil rights.  Rand Paul told Rachel Maddow this week that he opposes Title 2 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and that the law should not have played a role in the desegregation of restaurant lunch counters.  Paul argued that sound policy would provide some federal protections against discrimination – such as on public transportation – but not the full protection against discrimination currently afforded by federal law.   Although Paul argued that he is personally opposed to discrimination, he said that federal law plays too extensive a role in preventing discrimination: he made the point that although discrimination may be unfortunate and may be bad business, private business people should be able to discriminate against minorities, gays, Jewish people, or any other group of their choice.

Rand Paul’s position would clearly allow for the return of segregated lunch counters.   Yet Eric Cantor refused to state that Rand Paul’s positions should be adjusted even slightly. On Washington Journal, Cantor declined to support the Civil Rights Act of 1964: “Not being familiar with the context of his response or his questions, I really can’t opine to his position,” Cantor said.

Unfortunately, Eric Cantor represents the people of the Seventh Congressional District of Virginia, and whether Cantor knows it or not, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 plays an essential role in the daily lives of tens of thousands of his constituents.

Rick Waugh opposes discrimination of all kinds, and Rick Waugh unequivocally supports the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act.   The question is:  does Eric Cantor support it?

Eric Cantor owes it to his constituents to clarify his position.  Cantor should immediately make a statement explaining his views about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including Title 2 of that act.   Does Cantor support federal legislation barring discrimination at lunch counters, or doesn’t he?

Based on Cantor’s remarks from Thursday, we can only assume Cantor would support the partial repeal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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