• Whitbeck: Northam Hate Mailer Goes Too Far

    — Can Ed Gillespie expect an apology from Ralph Northam on Nov. 8? —
    – Even media have noted that the hit reeks of desperation-

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Ralph Northam’s latest mailer is the perfect example of what’s wrong with politics. Long after Ed Gillespie called out the barbaric, ignorant racists who invaded Charlottesville, Ralph Northam and his team are attempting to smear a good man with their reprehensible hate. In reality, Ed Gillespie was widely praised for his response to Charlottesville. Even reporters have noticed the reek of desperation from this attack.”

    “We as Virginians responded to Charlottesville in unity – coming together as one people to reject the hatred that these small-minded bigots brought with them. Three Virginians died. For Ralph Northam to use this gut-wrenching experience to score political points is abhorrent. It is the antithesis of the Virginia way.”

    The Washington Post profile of Ralph should have given us a hint that this was coming:

    ‘He ran hard, even ugly. He lambasted his opponent for suggesting that mental illness was a punishment from God, a claim some said stretched Rerras’s words.
    The local newspaper found that other claims were exaggerations or just plain wrong. Northam later apologized for some tactics.’

    “Can Ed Gillespie expect an apology call from Ralph Northam on November 8th?”


    Roanoke Times Editorial Board:
    “Gillespie himself has said and done exactly the right things here. Vote against Gillespie because of his views on tax policy, if you want, but don’t vote against him because of anything related to Charlottesville. He and Northam are on the same side here.” (Roanoke Times, 8/18/17)

  • Walking the Tightrope: Ralph Northam on Right to Work

    Ralph Northam is in quite the bind on Right to Work. Just days before the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce debate, Northam doubled down on his refusal to defend Right to Work.
    A Northam Campaign spokesperson told The News Virginian:

    “Dr. Ralph Northam knows right to work has been the law for 60 years, that it’s not going to change anytime soon, and he won’t make any attempt to change it.” (The News Virginian, 9/16/17)

    Protecting Right to Work is a perennial legislative priority for the NoVa Chamber. But Northam’s campaign gets huge money from labor unions — and their top priority is rolling back Right to Work.

    Northam has taken nearly $1 million in campaign contributions from labor groups, including:

    $355,000 – National Education Association
    $154,141 – Service Employees International Union
    $150,000 – Firefighters – International Association
    $100,255 – Baltimore Washington Construction & Public Employees Laborers PAC
    $79,500 – Mid-Atlantic Laborers’ Political Education Fund
    $50,000 – American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
    $15,000 – Virginia Education Association
    $10,000 – United Auto Workers

    Northam is already struggling to shore up the Democratic base, given his late-found support of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. Over the weekend, he took heat for accepting a $10,000 check from a company helping to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

    Democratic unity is nowhere in sight.


  • Northam to Democrat Base: I Don’t Care What You Want

    — After months of fence riding on pipelines, Northam takes $10k from pipeline co. —

    The primary is over, and Ralph Northam thinks he doesn’t need the tens of thousands of Democrat voters who are adamantly opposed to the Mountain Valley Pipeline anymore.

    Northam spent months refusing to take a position on the issue, before finally coming out in favor of the project after the Democrat primary. Today we learned that Northam took a $10,000 check from a company helping to build the project.

    Sorry pipeline voters, you’re no longer useful.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “When Ralph Northam needed the far-left, environmental vote, he billed himself as a ‘progressive champion.’ But now that Tom Perriello has been defeated, Ralph has decided he needs corporate money more than he needs environmental voters.”

    “Sorry, anti-pipeline voters. Ralph doesn’t need you anymore. But if you’re willing to write a $10,000 check, I have no doubt he tell you what you want to hear.”


  • Chairman Whitbeck Congratulates Rep. Comstock on Gang Removal Bill Passage

    — Virginia Republicans Committed to Combating Gang Violence —

    Today, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-10) and Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-06) bill H.R. 3697 “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Once again we have seen a proliferation of gang violence and a growth of gang membership in the Commonwealth. Combating this scourge has been a priority for all Virginia Republicans. Gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie has worked tirelessly, like Congresswoman Comstock, to come up with a plan to make our communities safer.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “As a resident of Northern Virginia and the 10th Congressional District, I’m once again proud to see my Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock, leading and fighting for safety in our communities and to see our Congressional delegation rally around such an important issue in the Commonwealth.”

    “It’s wonderful to see the synergy between our Gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie and Congresswoman Comstock on this important issue. Ed has a clear vision for combating gang violence and making our communities in the Commonwealth safe, which will be a top prior as our next Governor.”


    For more information regarding Congresswoman Comstock’s H.R. 3697, please visit here.

    For more information regarding Ed Gillespie’s plan to combat gang violence, please visit here.


  • Whitbeck: UVA Vandalism Must Not Be Tolerated

    — Defacing monuments isn’t free speech, it is a criminal offense —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:
    “The vandalism of the Thomas Jefferson statue at the University of Virginia is the next step in the extreme left’s movement to erase our history. The defacing of our historical monuments is not free speech, it is a criminal offense, plain and simple. I urge the Charlottesville police and University administration to move swiftly to make sure this doesn’t happen again. We cannot tolerate lawlessness and extreme political correctness masking as free speech any longer.”


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  • ‘Everything That I Can’ Includes Changes to VMI Board of Visitors

    — Northam pledged to use all powers of office to remove monuments —
    – VMI Board votes to keep historic statues on campus –

    Earlier today, the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors voted to keep a number of historic statues in place on campus. Democrat nominee Ralph Northam, himself a VMI grad, has made it clear that he wants any and all Confederate statues removed. Members of the VMI board are appointed by the Governor.

    Speaking to WFIR last month, Northam made it clear that, if elected, he would bring monuments down:

    “…I will do everything that I can, that I have authority to do to remove the statues at the state level.”


    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “It’s clear now that Ralph Northam would use his power as Governor to appoint – and remove – members of the VMI board to see that these historic monuments are removed from the campus. As Ralph Northam himself is fond of saying, ‘If we can’t change their minds, we’ll have to change their seats.'”



  • Ralph Northam Goes Full T-Mac

    — Brazenly oversells Medicaid expansion at last night’s NAACP forum —

    Ralph Northam made a doozy of a promise last night at the NAACP forum. Expanding Medicaid in Virginia would bring $10 billion in to the Commonwealth for things like pre-K education, transportation, and first responders – in addition to expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program.

    When asked how he’d accomplish this magical financial feat, Northam dismissed the question.

    “Because Medicaid is one of the largest costs to the Commonwealth of Virginia. So if you add $10 billion to our coffers so that we can pay for Medicaid, that frees up a lot of other money in the General Fund that we can use for education, transportation, first responders. Simple math.”


    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “I honestly don’t know what’s more shocking: the possibility that Ralph Northam is either terribly ill informed about the mechanics of Medicaid expansion, or that he’s willing to be so brazenly dishonest about it.”

    “Calling Northam’s ‘simple math’ statement wrong doesn’t go far enough. Money for Medicaid expansion is set aside to do just that — expand Medicaid to new patients. Virginia wouldn’t be getting $10 billion in free federal cash to spend as it pleases. To promise the Commonwealth otherwise is deeply, deeply dishonest. Ralph should be ashamed of himself.”


  • Chairman Whitbeck Applauds Gillespie’s Criminal Justice Plan

    — Ed Gillespie Rolls Out Detailed Plans for Criminal Justice Reform —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today’s policy announcement is yet another forward-thinking, common sense plan from our GOP ticket. Ed Gillespie’s plan puts an emphasis on reforms that will make our justice system more fair and provide second chances to those who have paid their debt to society, without trading safety of other citizens of the Commonwealth.”

    “I applaud Ed’s reforms and commitment to safety for the Commonwealth through his cohesive policy proposals to keep the Commonwealth’s justice system fair. Fairness, justice, and safety should be the birthright of ALL Virginians.”

    Read the plan here.


  • Whitbeck: For Democrats, Rural Voters Need Not Apply

    — Northam, Democrat ticket abandon decades-long tradition of Labor Day parade —

    If there was any doubt that Virginia Democrats have written off any part of Virginia outside Virginia’s urban crescent, Labor Day weekend put them to to rest. Rather than march in the traditional Labor Day parade in Buena Vista, all three Democrats decided they needed to be somewhere more urban – and more friendly – citing ‘a tight schedule.’ After helicoptering in for a cameo appearance in front of a handful of Democratic supporters, they were gone in a flash to Rep. Bobby Scott’s annual picnic in Norfolk.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Ralph Northam and the rest of the Democratic ticket have made it clear: if you’re more than a few minutes from the urban crescent, they don’t care about you or your concerns. Winning the nomination over Tom Perriello has pushed the entire Democratic ticket so far to the left that even attempting to appeal to voters outside of liberal city centers will cost them votes from the party’s base.

    “Ralph Northam has made it clear that he’ll be there for rural Virginia, provided it’s convenient to his schedule. Just ask the Center for Rural Virginia Board, where the only thing you count on Ralph Northam to do was not show up.”

    “Our Republican ticket is taking their ideas to ALL Virginians, not just those in areas plush with Democratic votes. Virginians have taken notice and are excited to elect a GOP Executive Branch in November.”


  • Dear Ralph, Sorry You Missed Us!

    Lt. Governor Ralph Northam
    PO Box 16249
    Arlington, VA 22215


    Dear Ralph,

    We hope all is well with you. We missed you yesterday at the 47th annual Buena Vista Labor Day Parade. The event used to be one of Virginia’s longest standing bipartisan political traditions, a forum for candidates from both parties to personally share their messages with the voters of Western Virginia, but because you failed to attend this year, it just wasn’t the same. Honestly, it felt a little one-sided.

    Since you were busy flying around in your helicopter to other events with Senator Tim Kaine and the rest of the Democratic ticket, we took plenty of pictures so you could see all that you were missing.

    When Ed arrived on scene he was immediately met by a bunch of passionate young volunteers and supporters who had been up since the early hours of the morning setting up lawn signs and getting the parade ready to go.


    Next, Jill Vogel, John Adams, Congressman Goodlatte and their teams joined him for this great shot in front of his campaign RV. It’s shame Mark Herring and Justin Fairfax couldn’t have made either. It’s ok, Jill and John had enough energy to make up for them not attending.

    After that, Ed did a great interview hit with WSLS and WSET.

    The parade then got started and Ed took his place in the lineup right behind the local boy scouts and the outstanding bagpipers from VMI, your own alma mater.

    Ed made sure he shook twice as many hands for you…

    And he was having so many great conversations with attendees, that he often had to hustle to catch back up to the rest of the parade. (Running for governor isn’t just a figure of speech!)

    It was a beautiful day, and Virginians of all ages were out in full force.

    Local law enforcement members did a fine job making sure everyone was able to march safely.

    It was then time for candidate speeches and our side of the pavilion was filled with excitement.

    We did happen to see some of your supporters there as well. Look! It seems like they even saved you some seats in case you changed your mind about coming at the last minute.

    When it was Ed’s turn to speak he knew he had a difficult task. It’s not easy headlining for a crowd that is expecting to hear from both political parties. Good thing he’s running a campaign for ALL Virginians and has 14 detailed policy proposals that provide substantive solutions for Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth. Ed talked about getting Virginia’s economy growing again after four years of anemic economic growth, rebuilding our public schools, fixing our transportation system and keeping Virginia safe. He made sure all who were in attendance knew that if he’s entrusted to lead the Commonwealth of Virginia he will be an honest, ethical, hardworking, principled, faithful, servant leader worthy of Virginia – because we could use one of those right about now.

    Then it was time to gas up the RV and head to the next stop. Ed has a lot of work to do and a lot of people to talk to over the next couple of months.

    Again, sorry you couldn’t be with us yesterday, Ralph. Although we’re still confused why you didn’t show up, and we’re sure the voters of Western Virginia feel the same way.

    -Republican Party of Virginia


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