Conservative Family Values? AntiGay Candidate Admits Lesbian Affair With Student 40 Years Ago, Still Wants Political Office

Submitted By Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

An interesting story out of Appomattox, Virginia, and  one that hits closer to home than I originally thought. Anti-Gay lobbyist and former deputy clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates, Linda Wall, wants to put her conservative  ideology to work for the citizens of Appomattox, Virginia in the election for the Commonwealth’s 59th District House seat.  Running as an independent, she describes herself as a “Republican-leaning conservative.” Her campaign slogan is: “A Campaign of Protection and Restoration.”  But the place where our Country was reunited in 1865, is wondering just what kind of “protection” she’s talking about and has a real dilemma on its hand since Wall admitted a lesbian affair with one of her junior high students in the early 1970s.

The choice to replace retiring  and venerable Virginia statesman, Watkins Abbitt, has become a free-for-all since the revelation of the affair by unsuccessful Republican challenger, Paul Jost.  Jost sued Wall and State Senator Tommy Norment for defamation after a particularly contentious primary fight for Norment’s seat. The election still holds the record for spending (almost $1 Million each) in a non-general election.

Jost sued Norment and Wall for libel and slander after Wall claimed that Jost offered her $50,000 to drop out of the 2003 Senate primary against Norment and instead challenge another Republican senator. Wall later abandoned her candidacy for other reasons and publicly characterized Jost’s offer as a bribe. Norment repeated her claim as part of a nomination fight that Norment, now the Senate Minority Leader, eventually won.

In 2006, a deposition of Wall by was taken by Jost’s attorney,  Howard Hogan, and the questioning went like this. 

Q: Have you ever been asked, formally or informally, to leave any other positions, that we haven’t discussed already?

A: Let’s see. Yeah, there was a teaching job, one time, in Prince George County. That they asked me if I would not come back.

Q: What was the specific job?

A: There was a parent that was — what was the job?

Q: Yes.

A: I was teaching.

Q: For whom?

A: PE. Um, Prince George Junior High, I think was the name of the school.

Q: And you were a PE teacher for Prince George?

A: Yeah.

Q: And roughly what time period was this?

A: Early ’70s. Sometime in the ’70s.

Q: Why were you asked to leave?

A: A parent was upset with me, and they just felt like I should move on.

Q: And why were they upset with you?

A: They asked whether there was some misbehavior with their daughter.

Q: What was the specific misbehavior alleged?

A: Uh, they alleged that I had an affair with their daughter.

Q: And how did you find out about this allegation?

A: They called me in.

Q: Who called you in?

A: The superintendent.

Q: The superintendent called you in?

A: Yeah.

Q: And what did the superintendent say?

A: He either wanted to try to go to court to prove it, or for me to leave. And at the time, my mother was ill, and there was emotional things going on in my life, and I didn’t want to deal with it, because I was — I wanted out of teaching anyway.

Q: So you resigned or were you fired?

A: (Indicating yes.) Resigned.

Q: Was the allegation true or not?

A: Uh, it was an allegation, and there was no effort made to try to prove it.

Q: Did you have an affair with the student or not?

A: Yes.

Q: And, please, define affair.

A: Lord have mercy. Is this about me or this lawsuit?

Q: I just want to know why you were fired …

A: I wasn’t fired.

Q: … or asked to resign from this job?

A: They thought I was having an affair with their daughter.

Q: Just to be clear, we’re talking about sexual relations with a minor?

A: Yes.

Q: Thank you.

The 61 year-old Wall says the affair was a “youthful mistake,” and that God has “cured her” of her homosexuality. The former gym teacher is now an “ex-Gay” she claims.  Wall even went on to “educate” the voters about just how one becomes involved in a homosexual affair in the first place. “I call what’s going on today criminal in telling people they’re born [gay] when there’s no scientific evidence to prove that anymore,” Wall said.

 “Most people don’t want to go to the ‘s’ word today, which is the word ‘sin,’ but that’s how I’m going to label it because I believe the Bible is the word of God.” She said she spent two years researching “myths” and “lies” about homosexuality. “For example,” Wall said, “[a woman] that never bonded with her mother; that mother-daughter bond was never very close.”  Wall said that could be one reason why some women turn to homosexuality. “I was heartbroken by a guy and that’s another characteristic,” she said. “Many women have been molested in the past or raped.  I do not have any of that in my past,” Wall said.

Wall also says she’s changed now. The owner of Linda’s Buttons and Fun Fotos  in Appomattox, Virginia  and smack dab in the middle of  Jerry Falwell’s Bible Belt , pleads  “I was a heavy pot smoker with … impaired judgment and made some bad choices.”  Like sexually preying on a 14-year-old kid!  I’d have to agree that is an exceptionally “bad choice.” Gotta love those euphamisms for felonies — allegedly, of course. 

And Wall finds nothing ironic about her lobbying efforts in support of Virginia’s marriage Amendment which defines “marriage” as the union of one man and one woman. “For two years, I worked with groups in the state to help pass the Marriage Amendment to the Constitution of Virginia defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman,” she said. “I will defend that amendment and oppose any legislation that attempts to create or recognize any  other union, partnership, or legal status to which is assigned the rights or benefits of marriage.”

For his part, the conservative  Jost says his revelation of the deposition is doing the citizens of the Commonwealth a public service. “I did it because it shows Linda Wall is not fit to hold public office,” he said. “Really?,” said me. Seems like a little payback, too, given the timing — but one that benefits the public, as well. The other candidates –Republican Matt Farris and Democratic hopeful,  Connie Brennan — have gone dark on the story so far.

There is no statute of limitations on most felonies in Virginia, so Wall could be still prosecuted, said Prince George County Police Sgt. Michael Taber. But for that to happen, the victim would have to come forward and file a complaint, he said. “If it’s a felony — especially on a sexual offense — there’s not going to be an expiration on that,” Taber said. And if I know Prince George Commonwealth’s Attorney Jay “C” Paul (and I do), he’s not going to ignore it either.

As I mentioned earlier, this one hits close to home.  I was a student at J.E.J. Moore Junior High School in the early 1970s. Ms. Wall was the new gym teacher there, fresh from her graduation from Longwood College, an iconic state teacher’s college located in Farmville.  I recall Ms. Wall as being friendly and interested in her students, but there were rumors. We passed them off as the  usual junior high claptrap. Seems we were wrong.

On an ironic side note, Wall is running against Matt Farriss. Farriss, a conservative Republican, has his own skeletons. In 2002, Farris was the subject of an emergency protective order obtained against him by a local woman, and was convicted in separate incidents for holding a concealed weapon and drunk driving.

Ain’t family values grand?

Is what happened 40 years ago irrelevant as the perpetrator has found religion and become a different person? Or can a leopard never change its spots and this disturbing admission is so heinous as to disqualify Wall from public service?

What do you think?

Source: Lynchburg News & Advance; AP (as published in The Republic); Alta Vista Star Tribune

~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

43 thoughts on “Conservative Family Values? AntiGay Candidate Admits Lesbian Affair With Student 40 Years Ago, Still Wants Political Office”

  1. Personally, I don’t care so much about the gender of the child victim or this woman’s homophobia – it’s that she was a teacher who sexually abused a minor student. Period.

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    pete
    1, October 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm
    i’m going to put all this behind me and go on vacation

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bone_Lick_State_Park
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    I really do need to stop in there some time. It’s the birthplace of paleontology in the US (and ironically, is in the same county as the “Creation Museum”!)

    But if you’re in the area for a vacation, keep heading south a couple of hours to Natural Bridge State Park – great hiking, beautiful rock formations. Seriously – it’s a great, inexpensive family vacation spot.

  2. AY:
    You caught me with my morning cup of coffee which is part of my wardrobe now,LOL!!

  3. “Youthful indiscretion is a lame defense.”

    How about “Accelerated Rehabilitation”?

  4. wgward,

    Can I use two words? Because I’d really like to vote “blatant stupidity”.

  5. That kind of history and running for office. Wow! Chutzpah? Hubris? What’s the right word?

  6. erykah,

    “This woman reminds me of my mother. She has never owned up to the trauma she put me through while growing up. She says she is a Christian now and cannot be held accountable for what she did in the past. If she and Wall were truly Christians they would own up to the past and ask for forgiveness. Instead, they adhere to a self righteous mentality that pardons them for the scars they have inflicted on others while insisting that others adhere to a higher moral standard. Sickening indeed.”

    That’s true. People like Wall see the faults in others–rarely in themselves.

  7. Elaine,
    Agreed. This woman reminds me of my mother. She has never owned up to the trauma she put me through while growing up. She says she is a Christian now and cannot be held accountable for what she did in the past. If she and Wall were truly Christians they would own up to the past and ask for forgiveness. Instead, they adhere to a self righteous mentality that pardons them for the scars they have inflicted on others while insisting that others adhere to a higher moral standard. Sickening indeed.

    Alex asked “Have you ever spoken to or read accounts of young people who were raped by a person who had power over them? You will see that a child who was raped can often be an adult who still feels that pain, 40 or 60 years later.”

    You hit the nail on the head. I won’t go into detail. I will just say it is something that never leaves you. I taught my children very early about good touch, bad touch and what to do if someone touched or did something to them that was inappropriate. Yeah, I would have went to jail because I would have killed a Mf-er.

    I am not surprised that Wall wasn’t prosecuted for this incident because child molestation and the like, it seems, was not something taken seriously by the courts at that time. And if Wall were to be prosecuted today wouldn’t the courts have to handle this according to whatever the law was in 1970? Would it be worth it now? Would it be worth her victim coming forward and subjecting herself to all of the media hype this would generate? As a victim and survivor of child sexual assault I am not sure if I would be able to go through with it. The very thought right now is conjuring up feelings and emotions I thought were long gone.

    One last thing, Wall claimed that at the time of her “indiscretion” she was smoking a lot of pot. Okay, but the question remains, with whom was she smoking all of this pot? Was she smoking with the 14 year old? Is that how she was able to have her way with her? That is another issue which needs to be addressed.

    1. Erykah,

      Your comment moved me. I spent the most fulfilling 8 years of my career working in child protection and I loathe to the point of violence anyone who would abuse a child.

  8. mespo,

    Your question:
    “Is what happened 40 years ago irrelevant as the perpetrator has found religion and become a different person?”

    My answer:
    I’d say Wall is still a deeply troubled woman.

  9. alex6500,

    Have you ever spoken to or read accounts of young people who were raped by a person who had power over them? You will see that a child who was raped can often be an adult who still feels that pain, 40 or 60 years later.

    But lets say she repented. Well that’s great as far as having god admit her into heaven. She gets out of hell free. PTL!

    However, the US is not yet governed by christian taliban rule. We have a secular, criminal code which she violated and needs to answer to. Her repentance does not effect the criminal violation she committed.

    Further, sincere repentance would be a complete admission of one’ crime and an apology to the person one harmed. It would involve recompense to the victim and it would involve submitting oneself to the courts. Repentance requires action to right the wrong one committed. So, I’m not even seeing actions that qualify for christian repentance.

  10. Gee..40 yrs ago and i would hope that issue would be forgotten.Yes people do repent.

  11. eniobob,

    Would the carpenter class of tongue and grove follow or be included in the basic skills….

  12. Oops … thought of you as the opposite same sex for a minute … but now I realize you are the same other sex.

    It is only called mad cow disease if you stagger and stumble.

    But it gets poetic if you apply these “youthful indiscretions”, “felonies”, or “mega misdemeanors” to groups … such as nations raping other nations.

    Then it becomes the cleaned up “foreign policy” we support and uphold.

    Just sayin …. 😉

  13. “Wall even went on to “educate” the voters about just how one becomes involved in a homosexual affair in the first place.”

    Class 101 ?

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