Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch of the popular reality TV family of the hit show "19 Kids and Counting", is working hard to have an impact in the race for Governor of Virginia.
Duggar, a strict social conservative is criss crossing Virginia with 12 of his children and wife supporting the GOP ticket. Specifically Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson, the party's nominee for Governor and Lt. Governor respectively.
The Duggars will appear at an event at the State Capitol in Richmond Tuesday at 12:30.
Jim Bob is no stranger to politics. He is a one time state representative in Arkansas and is regular speaker on the conservative stump. His comments to the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit drew some controversy when he compared the state of the U.S. to Nazi Germany.
They stopped by the NBC12 studios for an interview this morning where Jim Bob called on the Democratic nominee for governor Terry McAuliffe to drop out of the race.
Jim Bob believes McAuliffe's role as a passive investor in a Rhode Island con artist's scam that stole the identities of terminally patients, serves as grounds for him to quit the race.
"It's a travesty that somebody involved in running for governor would be involved in something like this," Duggar said.
Duggar suggested that McAuliffe should pay back his investment profits to the victim's families.
When pushed on the candidate he supports role in the Star-Scientific scandal Duggar quickly dismissed Cuccinelli's activity as a problem.
"Ken Cuccinelli had received a gift, he ended paying that back, that was not illegal," he said. "What we are talking about is illegal activity where people are going to prison."
McAuliffe's campaign has rejected any suggestion that the candidate knew the specifics of the Caramadre scandal. He was questioned by investigators, but was never the target of their probe into the businessman's illegal activity.
They also asked voters to consider the source.
"It is completely shocking that Cuccinelli would accept the support of a man who recently compared the United States to Nazi Germany," said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin. "Cuccinelli needs to immediately ask Mr. Duggar to leave Virginia and keep his offensive ideology and false attacks out of the Commonwealth."
Here is video of Jim Bob Duggar calling on McAuliffe to drop out of the race.
We will have more of the Duggar's interview on NBC12 First at 4.
We press them a bit on how their socially conservative politics play in a purple state like Virginia and we do get some insight into what life is like in their "active" household.