MEMO: The Coming DPVA Storm
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:
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:
Chairman Whitbeck: Voter Lawsuit Key to Stopping McAuliffe Executive Overreach
RPV Chairman John Whitbeck offered the following statement following today’s announcement:
“I applaud the suit filed by Speaker Howell, Majority Leader Norment and other voters today. Terry McAuliffe has proven time and time again that he is willing to abuse the powers of his office in his effort to elect Hillary Clinton. No governor, regardless of party, has the power to re-write Virginia’s laws unilaterally.”
“We’ve already seen unintended consequences from this poorly-thought out effort. Defense attorneys are already attempting to stack juries with felons. Violent criminals now have a much easier time getting access to firearms. I’m optimistic that the courts will act quickly to overturn this blatantly unconstitutional attack on the rule of law.”
Chairman Whitbeck: Kaine’s VP Audition Unbecoming a Virginia Senator
After being left at the altar by President Obama in 2008, Tim Kaine has decided to be more proactive in 2016. Over the past two days, he has sharply criticized Senate Republicans’ decision to let the American people have their say at the ballot box before filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
RPV Chairman John Whitbeck offered the following statement:
“Tim Kaine’s attacks are worse than nonsensical. They’re a blatant attempt to prove to Hillary Clinton that’s he’s ‘tough’ enough to take on our Republican ticket this year. His preferred method? Implying that Republicans oppose President Obama’s decision to violate precedent and appoint a new Supreme Court Justice in the midst of an election is based on race.”
“Impugning the motives of Republicans in the most disgusting way possible might make him a more attractive Clinton attack dog, but it’s unbecoming of a Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Senate Republicans are simply honoring the Biden Rule, laid out by the sitting Vice President when he was a Senator. Yet Senator Kaine is happy to make baseless charges in hopes of impressing a scandal-plagued candidate who has lost 21 elections to a socialist from Vermont.”
“Virginians expect better from their U.S. Senators, regardless of their aspirations for higher office. Tim Kaine should be ashamed of himself.”
Statement of RPV Chairman John Whitbeck on McAuliffe Rights Restoration Order
RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:
“It was a Republican governor who began the long overdue work of restoring the rights of nonviolent felons. Few if any disagree that those who have paid their debts to society should be allowed full participation in that society. Mercy requires that we as Virginians be a Commonwealth of second chances. But there are limits.”
“Governor McAuliffe could easily have excluded those who have committed heinous acts of violence from this order, yet he chose not to. His decision to issue a blanket restoration, without regard to the nature of the crimes committed doesn’t speak of mercy. Rather, it speaks of political opportunism.”
“This blanket action, undertaken for such blatant political purposes, sullies the hard-won second chances of those who have worked so hard to overcome their mistakes. Restoration of rights should be a celebration of overcoming, not a transparent effort to win votes.”
Facts and Dates: Virginia GOP Delegate Selection Process
- 17 Votes for Donald Trump
- 16 Votes for Marco Rubio
- 8 Votes for Ted Cruz
- 5 Votes for John Kasich
- 3 Votes for Ben Carson
Congressional District Delegates
Each Congressional District chooses 3 Delegates, for a net total of 33. District Conventions are composed of Delegates elected from each of its cities and counties. Voting at the district convention is weighted by “voting strength.” Cities and counties that produce more GOP votes in Presidential and Gubernatorial races have more votes at the convention.
- 10th CD: Convention April 16th – Filing Deadline Jan. 23rd
- 1st CD: Convention May 7th – Filing Deadline March 1st
- 3rd CD: Convention May 7th – Filing Deadline February 28th
- 8th CD: Convention May 7th – Filing Deadline February 12th
- 5th CD: Convention May 14th – Filing Deadline March 31st
- 11th CD: Convention May 14th – Filing Deadline March 11th
- 4th CD: Convention May 21st– Filing Deadline March 18th
- 6th CD: Convention May 21st – – Filing Deadline February 1st
- 7th CD: Convention May 21st – Filing Deadline March 1st
An additional 13 “at large” delegates will be elected at the Republican Party of Virginia Convention on April 29-30 in Harrisonburg, Va., for a net total of 46.
The Party’s Nominations Committee, made up of representatives from all 11 Congressional Districts, will publish a proposed list of Delegates to be elected, which the Convention as a whole will either approve or disapprove. If the convention does not adopt the nominating committee’s recommendation, it may elect another list of delegates.
Virginia’s final 3 delegates are Virginia’s sitting members of the Republican National Committee – the Chairman, National Committeeman, and National Committeewoman. All three are bound on the first ballot, just like all other delegates.
McAuliffe Says He Could Have Fixed Southwest Virginia’s Economy by … Abandoning Coal
Terry McAuliffe has the answer to all of Southwest Virginia’s economic problems. Speaking on WRVA’s ‘Ask the Governor’ Thursday morning, the former First Friend told the audience that he could have Southwest Virginia’s economy fixed, if only he had the money back that had been spent supporting the coal industry.
Of course, we have no idea how much of that money would be lost to fake websites…
“If Terry McAuliffe had even a passing familiarity with Southwest Virginia, he’d know that Hillary Clinton’s glib ‘alternative energy’ talking points are simply detached from reality. Coal country is coal country for a reason – building manufacturing facilities in areas where the most scarce natural resource is flat land is difficult, to say the least.”
“Terry McAuliffe’s hostility to coal as Governor is rooted in his day job – getting Hillary Clinton elected. That means pandering to far-left environmental radicals like Tom Steyer. The hard working men and women of coal country are just so much collateral damage to him. That’s why Virginians are going to elect a Republican president in November.”
Chairman Whitbeck: Consistency Apparently Not as Important to McAuliffe as Bloomberg Money
In late 2015, Terry McAuliffe boldly declared war on the Second Amendment, banning concealed carry in state-owned buildings. He applauded Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring’s plan to gut Virginia’s concealed carry laws.
Then he heard from the public, and promptly reversed course, signing one of the largest expansions of concealed carry in Virginia history, proclaiming that “there is no evidence that anyone with a concealed carry permit has ever harmed anyone in Virginia.”
Yet today he vetoed legislation that would have reversed his anti-concealed carry action. Why? Safety concerns.