NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Sexually suggestive campaign posters turned up on campus at Norfolk State University this weekend, and they have to do with Virginia’s race for governor.
The posters went up around NSU’s campus late Friday night with sexual and suggestive messages sponsored by the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPV). The message attacked Republican candidate and current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
“Ken Cuccinelli wants to make oral sex a felony. You can stop him,” reads the bottom of both posters.
“That's horrible,” said NSU alumna Shenita Perry. “Whatever you do in your personal business is your personal business.”
Many NSU students didn’t get a chance to see the posters before Monday, but students across the state may have. The DPV says the posters were sent to other campuses around the state, as well, all with the purpose of targeting college students’ vote.
“I don't understand what this has to do, how this one for sure, has to do with making our state better or making the streets better,” said NSU junior Courtney.
Michael Muhammad called WAVY.com after he learned about the posters. He believes the Democrats were out of line.
"I think the Democratic Party went absolutely too far,” Muhammad said. “I think that they are taking people's vote for granted.”
“If a Democrat was trying to make us aware of what [Cuccinelli] is trying to do, I don't think that's bad,” said Perry. “I think that's helping us. They are letting us know what this person is going to do, if we elect them into office.”
The NSU administration says the University's Young Democratic Club had to get the stamp of approval though the Student Activities Office before the posters went up.
“I'm surprised they let this get approved, this is bad. This is what they went with,” said Andrew Grand-Pierre, an NSU senior.
NSU officials say it would be censorship to take the posters down and say they have no plans to do so.
Democrats say the posters are truthful -- Republicans say that's a lie. They refer to Cuccinelli’s campaign to reinstate Virginia's sodomy law. The request was dismissed by the Supreme Court.
“It looks foolish to me. I don't take it seriously,” said Ashanti Bragg, NSU senior
The Democratic Party of Virginia released the following statement about the posters to WAVY.com Monday:
While we feel Virginians deserve to know the truth about Ken Cuccinelli's extreme social agenda, we apologize to those who were offended. We're working to remove these posters from the campuses in question, and they will not be used again.
The Republican Party of Virginia also released a statement about the posters to WAVY.com Monday:
This is par for the course for the Democratic Party of Virginia this cycle. Not only does it repeat this thoroughly-debunked Terry McAuliffe falsehood, but it manages to do it in an even more crass and tasteless way than before. The Democratic Party of Virginia should be ashamed. But they're probably not.
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