December 9, 2013 5:22 pm -

Virginia Democrats are calling for the resignation of the state’s Republican chair after saying that President Barack Obama was “so close to death” that Gov. Terry McAuliffe needed to buy a life insurance policy.

RPV Chairman Pat Mullins blamed the media for gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s loss, saying that the so-called “war on women” was covered more than the president’s health care reform law.

“This year, our message couldn’t break through and we paid a price,” he lamented. “This is false narrative by false prophets… Republicans do not win when we are mini-Democrats or Democrat Lite.”

In fact, Mullins seemed more sure than ever that the health care law was going to give Republicans the upper hand in dealing with the state’s new Democratic governor.

“Obama’s so close to death that Terry McAuliffe is about to buy a life insurance on him,” Mullins joked. “I’m looking forward to taking the gloves off!”

On a Monday conference call, Virginia state Democratic Sens. Mamie Locke and Donald McEachin called for the RPV chairman to step down over his comments.

“Sadly, this isn’t the first time Virginia Republicans have used offensive, violent rhetoric against President Obama,” McEachin said, according to Blue Virginia. “Saying that President Obama is close to death is unacceptable in our political discourse, and the chairman really should be ashamed of himself. He’s decried this type of rhetoric before… and yet somehow it keeps appearing in his speeches, in his public comments.”