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'19 Votes and Counting?' Duggar Family Goes on the Campaign Trail

The large family, well-known for their TLC reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting," is coming to the area to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

Courtesy of the Family Research Council.
Courtesy of the Family Research Council.
As part of their recently-announced Virginia Values Bus Tour, the Duggar family, stars of the TLC reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting," are taking to the campaign trail to support Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

The oldest son, Josh Duggar, recently moved to the DC area to work with the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed a hate group for its anti-LGBT activism. The Duggars will be joining Josh as speakers at the Values Voters Summit in DC on Oct. 11-13.

The Duggars are Quiverfull, which means that they are pro-life and do not believe in using any form of birth control. In the past, Cuccinelli has supported "personhood legislation," though he insists that if he were elected governor, he would not limit access to contraception. As attorney general, Cuccinelli approved new abortion clinic regulations in Virginia.

The Duggars will be at Heritage Baptist Church at 14510 Spriggs Road in Woodbridge on Oct. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Family Research Council's Connie Mackey will also be a featured speaker.
Ellie October 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Why is SHE being blamed for having 19 kids?
BKA October 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Birth control aside, if Terry McAwful becomes our governor, no one will be able to afford to have kids since the state economy will be in the toilet.
Rick Young October 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM
The LGBT crowd were born that way like tall, short people, heavy, thin people and blond, red or brunet haired people. All religions spread hate and call it love. The FRC is a hate group of brain washed people that condemn people to HELL and promote violence against anyone that does not agree with their Satanic ways of living. They have no tolerance for people that don't agree with their very narrow views of how one should live. Beware of anyone that says they're SAVED because they are BRAINWASHED and not to be trusted.
Jody October 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Wonderful news. I love their show and suspect the church will be packed. They are a loving, Godly family who have nothing hateful to say about anyone. Abortion is legal and will remain so as long as Roe v. Wade stands. If NARAL, NOW, Planned Parenthood wanted to do something about keeping it accessible they could put their money toward upgrading the physical facilities to meet any new requirements instead of deciding to spend it on politics. Better yet, they could also spend some of their money on providing help to women who decide to keep their babies. The ad claiming that abortion legislation proposed by Cuccinelli years ago "could have" meant an outlawing of birth control is false and extremely inflammatory-- this ad should be taken down.
Bob Wells October 12, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Sorry, forced birthers, but the Cooch and his nutbag running mates are going down in flames.
dale harvey October 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Lindsay - maybe the NRA should never be mentioned without also talking about what happened at Columbine and Sandyhook. Now, THAT would be fair, wouldn't it?
rhymon twothousand October 12, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Although I am mainly a democrat, I have a some issues with our democratic politicians running this session. I would suggest everybody in va. go to Wikipedia and research these individuals. Ken Cuccinelli has done some very good things for va. but, has also been caught at a few bad things. Terry McAullif has done a lot of fund raising and community organizing. It seems that's ALL he and Obama can do. Fortunately, both the dems. and gop have some good ideas. Unfortunately, they also both have some bad ideas. I guess we Virginians are once again stuck with voting for the LESS of two evils
Juanita Holly October 13, 2013 at 08:40 AM
I give the Duggars lots of credit. They are true to their personal convictions, love their family and believe they are responsible for the care and well being of their children. Refreshing since so many believe the government should take care of their offspring.
oldtowner October 13, 2013 at 02:23 PM
The Duggars make me sorta sick......and they certainly can't be for small government, as they consume a lot of government services! And I think anyone who puts their kids on a TV reality show is nuts and not a very good parent.
Jody October 13, 2013 at 09:41 PM
They pay taxes like anyone else. Their show isn't about politics and they never discuss issues or politics. I think they're doing the show because they want to model an alternative to our coarse modern culture. They're a very warm, loving family and demonstrate how wonderful life can be when you focus on raising your family well and living a God centered life. Nothing wrong with that.
mary collins finn October 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Ugh! Just what we need in this country. Another bunch of bible thumper Quiverfuls. Just reading a headline about these people makes me nauseated. And the son is making a living out of employment by a hate group. ugh again.
Jody October 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Apparently tolerance only goes toward the left in your world. Holding a belief based on one's faith that is contrary to other beliefs doesn't make someone a hater.
JenHH October 14, 2013 at 07:54 AM
I have heard the Duggars consider their family a "church" in order to be tax exempt. Supporting a politician is against the IRS rules. Even more important is.... the less I have to see these crazy reproducers the better. It is difficult enough to set aside meaningful time for each of my two boys each day, there is no way they can have enough time to make each child feel important.
Tracy Lee Nash October 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM
While I don't agree with their viewpoints on homosexuality, the Duggars believe in a God and a religion which does and they have every right to support those beliefs just as the rest of us support our own as well.
DeWayne Meeks October 14, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Why are the family going on the campaign trail, are they looking for someone to help the old man get her pregnant once again, as if 19 children isn't enough. Who supports this family because the man would have to work a job making $10, 000 a week to support this brood, so is our Government helping out. The man needs to sleep in the barn and stay away from this fertile woman, period.
Roseanna M Hallman October 14, 2013 at 01:58 PM
It seems that the "pelvic left" love anyone who doesn't reproduce. Since when are babies an inherent evil? I thought everyone loved babies...but I guess that's only when they grow up to support Democrats. Sorry babies, you'll have to go! That way we can be like Europe where NO one reproduces over the replacement rate. Do we want more taxpayers to be born and grow up and work? Nope according to the pelvic left. So all us baby-boomers will enjoy a starving elderly life because people in our generation made abortion a sacrament.
Joseph Heston October 14, 2013 at 05:32 PM
So you prefer to overpopulate the planet Roseanna. There's already children here that need homes. You're so pro-life, but once the baby is born, he/she is on his/her own. There aren't even enough jobs out there for everybody, and resources are limited. We don't need a large population.
Roseanna M Hallman October 14, 2013 at 06:13 PM
This is not a zero sum game (to use the classical economic phrase.) When times are hard people always pull out the kill off the extras card. I could go on about how democratic policy has led to the culture of death that you guys worship--trees over people, animals over people. I have put up plenty of young women with newborns and toddlers in my home. But have YOU Mr. Heston ever spoken to a woman who was one year Past her CHOICE? I don't think so. Because very very few women come through an abortion unscathed. Oh yeah, at the time they feel relief at being out of a difficult situation, but that fades with the setting in of hard reality that they killed their own child. I have held many of these women as the cried even 25+ years later. They MISS these "lost to choice" babies. Have you ever thought of volunteering to be euthanized to make room for the rest of us? No, didn't think so. Always best to kill the voiceless. Don't expect another reply from me Mr. Heston. I hear this kind of junk all the time, and honestly, it is sooo vacant of thought and knowledge of real life situations that it's boring. Evil is always BANAL sir.
Jody October 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Roseanna- they want to replace conservatives with immigrants who will vote with them for a socialist society that does away with everything we've ever loved about America. One out of five children born today are Hispanic. We've already become a bi-lingual country against our will and soon we'll be the US of Mexico. Libs don't care about this obviously.
Dora Rosenthal October 15, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Oh goody, the birthing squad is coming to town. Its funny how they love and cherish babies and protest choice, etc etc but when they're born, they take away their daycare so mom cant work, they take away their lunch so they cant eat. A bunch of hypocrites who want to make their beliefs everyone else's. Selfish cows.
Jody October 15, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Let Mexico and all the other countries these poor invaders are from send them money for day care, food, housing, education, and medical care. US dollars are the third biggest income producer in Mexico-- Obama should be meeting with them to get some of that back, not meeting with them to let them know they will no longer enforce our immigration laws unless someone commits a felony and to have them reassure their citizens that they are 100% eligible for US food stamps and most other benefits for US citizens as long as they have their US born baby. The issues today are about the subsidizing of illegal aliens, not about taking away the safety net for Americans.
oldtowner October 16, 2013 at 09:28 AM
gosh, Jody....I didn't know the Duggars were "illegal aliens", or "poor invaders", per your words.
Jody October 16, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Oldtowner-- They obviously aren't illegal aliens or poor invaders. If you were following the comment trail, I was responding to the comments about the GOP not wanting to help poor folks. The reality is that they don't want to help poor ILLEGAL folks. The Duggars are well off and don't need govt. assistance.
Ruth de los Santos October 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM
WOW -- so many haters on this comment section. Do you people have a clue? This is a family who invests time into their kids and have done a very good job at raising them to be decent citizens with actual jobs ... and not one dime has been take by the government to do so. THIS is an example of a woman who needs birth control?? You're so unbelievably ignorant I don't even know where to start. THIS is an example of a woman who is doing it RIGHT. THIS is a conservative family who teaches their children values, morals and standards ... yeah I know, a politically incorrect way to live in our society. You people are unbelievable.
Cathy Hosek October 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I don't think SHE needs birth control, but a lot of women would be in the same situation, most likely not willingly if they are denied access to birth control. That is the comment I wanted to make. She can do what she wants, and so should every other woman! It is their CHOICE!
Jody October 16, 2013 at 03:09 PM
No one is trying to take away access to birth control-- so that isn't an issue.
oldtowner October 17, 2013 at 03:48 PM
to Jody....yeah right, no one except Ken Cuccinelli....Mr. "Personhood".....per the following: "As the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists pointed out, “Some of the most effective and reliable forms of contraception — oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, and other forms of FDA-approved contraceptives — would be banned” by “personhood” measures."
oldtowner October 17, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Cuccinelli supported the "personhood amendment" to the Virginia Constitution.....he can try to deny it, but it's a fact.
Jody October 18, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Oldtowner: Cuccinelli coauthored a personhood bill in '07 that didn't have enough specifics in it. He supported a 2012 personhood bill that makes it clear that the bill does not attempt to disregard our Constitution or Supreme Court decisions. Pro-choice groups came out of the woodwork to say that any personhood bill (meant to ensure that fetuses are treated with respect as growing babies) would (unintentionally) outlaw birth control methods. Cuccinelli says he will not sign any personhood bill into law without making sure it contains clear language that this does not affect any form of birth control. So there is no need to deny anything. There was never an intent or agenda on Cuccinelli's part to eliminate some forms of birth control!!!
oldtowner October 19, 2013 at 04:55 PM
@Jody: from the WaPo... "SIX YEARS ago, when Virginia’s General Assembly considered the so-called “personhood amendment” to the state constitution, which granted full rights to “preborn human being[s] from the moment of fertilization,” the list of co-sponsors was short. In the state Senate, five of 40 lawmakers, all Republicans, signed on. Among them were then-Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II and Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, the current GOP candidates for governor and attorney general, respectively. There’s a reason the amendment had relatively few sponsors, and there’s a reason it failed even in the Republican-dominated House of Delegates. Not only would the amendment have banned abortion, as the sponsors clearly intended, it also provided an opening to prohibit common methods of birth control, including the pill and intrauterine devices. To most Virginia legislators, including many Republicans, the 2007 “personhood” bill was too far-reaching, a potentially radical intrusion into domestic, family and individual decision-making. Although Republicans held 57 seats in the 100-member House, the bill got just 43 votes." As they say, you can have your own opinion but not your own set of facts. You can't change what is a fact....Cuccinelli is a radical right wing conservative....He will not win the election....

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