• Meet the GOP: Lolita’s Story

    When Lolita Mancheno-Smoak realized her community wasn’t headed in the right direction, she didn’t LolitaSB Bluecomplain about it.

    She decided to change it.

    Mancheno-Smoak is the Fairfax County Republican Committee’s 3rd Vice Chairman, Community Engagement, as a volunteer with the Republican Party of Virginia, she works to connect with all types of voters and get out the vote in Fairfax County. Her goal is simple: introduce Northern Virginia’s diverse communities to the principles of the Republican Party.

    “It is hard work. The shocked look in  folks who see Latinos, Asians, and Blacks that are Republicans makes it all worth it. They say ‘why are you here?’ and we show them why we are there and share our message,” Mancheno-Smoak said.

    Passion for principles and people is what keeps Mancheno-Smoak working, no matter the weather.

    “I believe in the principles of the Republican Party and I think that here in Fairfax County especially, there is not enough understanding about what are the fundamental truths and direct differences between the Republican and Democratic Parties especially within the Latino community,” she said.

    “I have a passion for making sure that changes and that is what I am involved in now. We need to be present and involved in every community in Fairfax. You have to invest time. You can’t just show up and say vote for me. It takes more than that. It takes respect and valuing enough to build long term relationships.”

    As Republicans work to earn votes in every community around the Commonwealth, volunteers like Mancheno-Smoak are carrying the ideas of the Virginia Republican Creed into new communities.

    “I enjoy sticking my neck out and being aggressive in engaging with diverse communities to try to earn votes and excite support,” she said. “Representing our local diversity is especially important in Virginia and also on a national level. Having Republicans in places of high visibility and leadership that reflect the richness of our diverse communities is so important.”

    Above all, she said, the effort is about commitment — commitment to community, country, and principles. After all, unless Republicans are willing to engage with more communities over the long term, no effort to win votes will succeed.

    “Sacrificing a weekend to just meet strangers is hard unless you have a real will,” she said. “People say they are willing to do things, but when it’s time to get the work done,  then you really see who is committed.”

  • RPV Rolls Out New Local Unit Websites Built With Win.GOP

    The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) is proud to announce that more than 50 local committees in the Commonwealth are now equipped with official websites capable of engaging and mobilizing Republican voters ahead of the 2016 election. RPV partnered with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and .gop, the only online domain in the world run by a political party, to build and launch the county sites.

    “As one of the most important swing states in the nation, we in Virginia know that the key to electing strong, conservative leaders starts with engaging voters at the local level in valuable and accessible ways,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “We are proud to ensure today that every county has access to the online tools and resources necessary to do so.”

    In order to achieve this goal, RPV worked with local units not already online to build a new site using win.gop –  a new website-building tool for Republican candidates and parties with built-in donation, integration, event management, and social media engagement capabilities. Each site created through win.gop uses a .gop domain to enhance branding and expand the Republican footprint online.

    “In today’s technology-driven world, it is critical that parties and candidates meet this need head-on in an easy, hassle-free way,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “Virginia is leading the charge in increasing voter engagement and turnout online by utilizing the win.gop website for each of its counties, and I encourage other state and county parties as well as candidates to follow their lead ahead of the November election.”

    Win.gop is an innovative and user-friendly tool that provides Republicans at every level of government with quality websites and a more notable online presence,” said Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) President and .gop Chairman Matt Walter. “This new initiative by the RPV perfectly illustrates how the .gop domain can be used to get out the vote and improve our voter-engagement strategies.”

    Visit virginia.gop/get-local to see the local unit websites and learn more about the site-building capabilities by visiting win.gop.

    About .GOP
    The .gop registry is an endeavor dedicated to positioning the Republican Party at the forefront of innovation and advancing Republican principles. .gop is the place where you can find conservative people and ideas on the web. To learn more about .gop, please visit why.gop.
  • Chairman Whitbeck: Lt. Gov. Kaine Wouldn’t Recognize Hillary Clinton’s Running Mate

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “In 2005, a Democrat Lt. Governor ran for Governor of Virginia. He said he was conservative, supported restrictions on abortion, and opposed taxpayer funding for abortion. He said he was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and ridiculed anyone who said he’d raise taxes. Now, after a series of expedient policy changes and evolutions, Lt. Governor Tim Kaine wouldn’t recognize the Tim Kaine running with Hillary Clinton. But Virginia voters do recognize him as the political chameleon he has become. That’s why he will never be Vice President.”
  • Chairman Whitbeck: Hillary 5.0 is Just More of the Same

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Tonight, Hillary Clinton did her best to complete the image makeover Democrats have been pushing for years. Speaker after speaker attempted to ‘humanize’ Secretary Clinton, assuring us that the question-parsing, honesty-challenged lawyer we see on TV isn’t the real Hillary.”

    “Virginians know better. Hillary 5.0 is the same as every version before – a career politician who lied about her email, damaged national security for her own personal convenience, whose record includes the Iran nuclear deal, a failed “reset” with Russia and the basket case that is Libya. ”

    “The new Hillary is just like the old Hillary, more of the same. Virginians are tired of more of the same, which is why they’re going to elect Donald Trump in November.”

  • Memo: Tim Kaine’s Audition

    MEMO

    From: John Findlay, RPV Executive Director
    To: Interested Parties
    Re: Tim Kaine’s Audition
    Date: July 14, 2016

    Hillary Clinton’s rolling audition for a running mate returns to Northern Virginia today, as Tim Kaine has his most important audition in his quest to finally be on the ticket.

    Barack Obama left Kaine at the altar in 2012, and Tim Kaine is utterly determined that in 2016 he won’t be left off the ticket. That’s the only real explanation for why Kaine has decided to shrug off Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and campaign for the candidate a New Hampshire newspaper recently called “a human security breach in a pantsuit.”

    Kaine’s audition will likely revolved around his ability to be an attack dog while keeping a smile on his face. But the real test will be Kaine’s ability to go on the attack while ignoring the massive liabilities that his hoped-for running mate brings to the table.

    For example, he’ll have to be able to ignore the fact that countless Virginians who work for the military, government, or contractors would all be in jail if they had handled classified info the way Hillary Clinton did – with “extreme carelessness.” There’s also the matter of her disastrous foreign policy record, from Benghazi to the “Russian reset,” both of which matter a great deal to military communities in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

    Can Tim Kaine talk to reporters and tell them with a straight face that it’s just fine that Tom Brady got a tougher sentence for (allegedly) deflating footballs that Hillary Clinton got for mishandling our nation’s most sensitive information?

    And let’s not forget her outright hostility to coal, the lifeblood of Southwest Virginia. Does Tim Kaine have what it takes to look miners in the eye and tell them he wants to put them out of business like his potential running mate did?

    But most importantly, we’ll find out if Tim Kaine can look ordinary Virginians in the eye and smile, knowing that there’s one set of rules for them, and another set of rules for his boss. That’s what today is about. It’s a test.

    Make no mistake; Tim Kaine is putting his legacy on the line. As of now, the most memorable black marks on Tim Kaine’s record are closing rest stops to blackmail the General Assembly into raising taxes and trying to let convicted murderer Jens Soering out of prison early.
    Does Tim Kaine want to be on the ticket so badly that he’ll sacrifice his credibility and self respect, and excuse all of Hillary Clinton’s scandals?

    We’ll find out at 3:15.

  • Tim Kaine: Defending the Indefensible

    We’ve always known Tim Kaine was a partisan before all else, but his comments yesterday defending Hillary Clinton are beyond belief.

    “I never believed this was going to be something in the criminal realm or even close to it,” Kaine said, following the FBI press conference which laid out in excruciating detail the depths of her dishonesty.

    Kaine did his best to gloss over the massive failure by Clinton by conflating her massive effort to avoid disclosure by risking national security by insinuating that other Secretaries of State have had their own private, unguarded, secret email servers.

    “But I have expected to get to this place where this is in the matter of lessons learned and what should future secretaries of state or officials do, but it’s not in the criminal realm,” he said.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck gave the following statement:

    “This video is damning, not only to Hillary Clinton, but also to Tim Kaine. Senator Kaine is so desperate to be a vice presidential nominee that he’s willing to ignore more than a year of blatant, brazen lying by Hillary Clinton. He’s willing to defend the indefensible, simply to avoid being left at the altar again like he was by his good friend Barack Obama.”

    “Senator Kaine should be ashamed. Virginians have had enough of the dishonest, rigged system. Virginians know the rule of law doesn’t apply to Clinton, Inc., and they’ll remember that when they go to the ballot box in November – and in November 2018.”

  • MEMO: The Coming DPVA Storm

    To: Interested Parties
    From: John Findlay, Executive Director
    Date: June 17, 2016 
    Re: The Coming DPVA Storm 
    There’s another storm coming, but only if you’re a liberal. Virginia Democrats are coming to town on Saturday to hash out their differences in one of the final preliminary bouts before the Fracas in Philly.

    Rank and file Democrats have a lot to be upset about. Not only have their party insiders chosen to ignore the will of the voters and deny Sen. Bernie Sanders the 5 super delegates he’s due in a proportional system, but we’ve also found out that the Democratic National Committee was attempting to stack the deck for Hillary Clinton from day one.

    DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz did everything in her power to keep Democrats from having a real choice. She knows, just like every other political observer, that the base of the Democrat party is far more in line with Socialist Bernie Sanders than Hillary Clinton. Add in the fact that Hillary was also running in the all important FBI primary thanks to her secret server, and Clinton needed all the help she could get.

    In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe has done everything possible to rig the game for his good friend Hillary, including hiding his fundraising and campaign schedule on her behalf from the press.

    Democratic conventions have a history of discord in Virginia. In 2012, then-Chairman Brian Moran had the stage disassembled around him as delegates jeered. Moran and company were attempting to elect their own preferred candidates, but faced an internal rebellion. Meanwhile, the facilities crew couldn’t wait on Democrats to finish their fighting, and Chairman Moran lost his stage one piece at a time as the cameras rolled.

    All around the country, Democrats are voting to bind their super delegates to the results of the popular vote. If Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton refuse to let that vote happen in Virginia, then there will be no Democratic Party of Virginia any more. Instead, there will only be a local branch of Clinton, Inc.

    We also expect them to anoint Lt. Governor Ralph Northam as their candidate for governor. In a way, we feel sorry for LG Northam. Not only will he have to defend his own anti-job, anti-family, anti-Second Amendment record, but he’ll also have to run away from Terry McAuliffe ham-fisted attempt to stack the deck for Hillary Clinton, as well as his long list of temper-tantrum vetoes.

    Yes, we’re expecting quite a fight in Richmond on Saturday. It’s the final run up to the Fracas in Philly, as the Clinton Machine does its best to finally extinguish The Bern. Will the true socialist face of Virginia Democrats shine through, or will the Clinton corporate machine crush all dissent?

    Pop some popcorn, folks. It’s gonna be fun.
  • Chairman Whitbeck: Dems Must Denounce McAuliffe Rights Restoration Incompetence

    Hillary Clinton is on the air in Virginia with an ad buy focused on children. But thanks to massive incompetence by her top surrogate in the state, at least 132 sexual predators too dangerous to be released have had their rights to vote, serve on juries, and hold public office restored.

    The Washington Post reports:

    “Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s sweeping order to restore voting rights to ex-felons may have had another unintended consequence: giving the right to vote to at least 132 sex offenders who have finished their sentences but remain locked up because they have been deemed too dangerous to release.”

    “In Virginia, such individuals can be sent through a civil court proceeding to the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Nottoway County, southwest of Richmond.

    Nottoway Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry J. Royall said Wednesday that 176 of the center’s 370 residents have regained the right to vote, run for public office and serve on a jury.”

    “She said she was told by the facility director that there are 176 residents who ‘meet the governor’s criteria for restoration …Today his staff ran those 176 names through the database and 132 came up as having actually been restored.’

    Where is Hillary Clinton on this issue? Squarely behind her good friend Terry McAuliffe:

    HRC Tweet

    Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Every day it becomes more clear that Terry McAuliffe did little to no due diligence before he issued his blanket rights restoration order. Despite his assurances that those with their rights restored were nonviolent offenders who had served their time, we later learned that many still in jail had their rights restored. Now we learn that the worst of the worst sexual predators were included on the list. There’s no excuse for this. Hillary Clinton, Ralph Northam, Mark Herring, LuAnn Bennett, Jane Dittmar and every other Democrat should repudiate Terry McAuliffe’s incompetence.”

    “Every day that passes before they denounce this ham-handed grab for votes is more proof that the care more about getting votes than justice and public safety.”

  • The Real Clinton National Security Record: Failure

    — Secret servers, the Iran nuclear deal, and Libya are all her ‘accomplishments’  —

    Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, gave the following statement:

    “It would be impossible for Democrats to find a nominee less qualified to discuss the subject of national security than Hillary Clinton. For years, she left classified information open to hackers and foreign intelligence services simply to avoid Freedom of Information Act requests. Her foundation took millions from repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia while giving lip service to human rights. From the Iran nuclear deal to the disaster in Libya, Hillary Clinton’s record is one of failure, deception, and hypocrisy. When it comes to national security, Hillary Clinton is a continuing disaster who has no place anywhere near the White House.”

    State Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, a retired Army Ranger, gave the following statement:

    “Hillary Clinton’s record on national security is awful, to put it mildly. Thanks to Hillary Clinton, Iran is closer than ever to having nuclear weapons, jihadists are spreading across Libya, and foreign intelligence services from Beijing to Moscow likely know our most sensitive intelligence secrets. Virginians aren’t going to support someone who used her position as our top diplomat to funnel money into her private slush fund foundation. That’s why they’re going to elect Republicans up and down the ballot in November.”

    “Virginians know better than to listen to Clinton, Inc.”

  • Del. Lingamfelter: Hillary Clinton is “A Disaster For National Security”

    Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and Chairman of the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, issued the following statement:

    “Government has no more important function that ensuring the security of our nation from attack. Hillary Clinton has done more to damage that security than any official in living memory. Any of my former comrades in arms who handled secure information with such blatant disregard for basic security procedures, as Secretary Clinton did with her secret server, would likely already be in prison. She advocated for the Iran deal which the Obama administration has admitted will put more money into the hands of terrorists. Libya is now a jihadist wasteland thanks to her bad decisions. Hillary Clinton has been a disaster for national security. I shudder to think what she would do as Commander-in-Chief.”  
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