• RPV Statement on GOP, Democrat Candidate Events

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today, Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello will appear together in Bristol. It’s fitting that this event takes place just a few miles and hours away from a race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled to have 1,200 left turns — almost as many as Perriello and Northam will make on stage.”

    “Saturday’s forum will be a race to see who can be the most anti-coal, the most pro-abortion, or who can propose the highest job-killing minimum wage hike. And with policies like these, there are no winners, and Virginia working families lose.”

    “Meanwhile, Republican candidates will be putting forward common-sense ideas to improve our Commonwealth, and talking about the kitchen table issues that matter most to Virginians. While Democrats race to the left, Republicans will be focused on making Virginia a better Commonwealth for all.”

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  • RPV Statement on Televised Republican Gubernatorial Debate

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Tonight the Republican Candidates for Governor will participate in an open and televised discussion about the future of our Commonwealth. We may witness some disagreement when it comes to policy, but we can be confident that each of these candidates is better suited to lead the Commonwealth than Ralph Northam or Tom Perriello.”

  • RPV Statement on Confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Congratulations to soon-to-be Associate Justice Neil Gorusch on his confirmation today! Judge Gorsuch is a supremely qualified jurist who will serve the Constitution and the rule of law faithfully. I also congratulate Leader McConnell and his team for their hard work to ensure that the voters were heard before the Justice Scalia’s seat was filled.”

    “That being said, I am extremely disappointed in Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Both of these Senators put their far-left base ahead of their constituents as a whole. With his vote to join the obstruction of this nominee, Mark Warner has forever abandoned any claim to be a centrist. Senator Kaine should be even more ashamed, but thankfully his last-minute smear of Judge Gorsuch was seen for just what it was — a falsehood designed to give a bitter Tim Kaine an excuse to vote no.”

    “Congratulations, Justice Gorsuch!”

  • Whitbeck: Extraordinary Candidates Certified For GOP Primary

    -Earlier today, RPV Chairman John Whitbeck sent a letter to the Virginia State Board of Elections certifying the following candidates met the legal requirements to appear on the June 13 Republican Primary Ballot.-

    They are (listed in order of office and pre-check qualification):

    Governor:
    Ed Gillespie
    Corey Stewart
    Frank Wagner

    Lt. Governor
    Bryce Reeves
    Glen Davis
    Jill Vogel

    Attorney General
    John Adams

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “This year’s group of Republican candidates is truly extraordinary. From top to bottom, our contenders have the breadth of experience, grassroots support, and commitment to our shared common-sense conservative values to not only win in November, but make our Commonwealth a better place for all Virginians.

    “I look forward to working with all 7 of these candidates as we take back the Executive Branch for the GOP!”

  • Whitbeck: No Trump Nominee Would Be Good Enough for Hypocrite Kaine

    — No jurist nominated by Donald Trump would ever be good enough for Tim Kaine —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Tim Kaine’s announcement of his decision to filibuster Judge Gorsuch’s nomination the U.S. Supreme Court is as unsurprising as it is disappointing. No justice, no matter how well qualified, no matter how mainstream, would ever pass muster with Tim Kaine.”

    “Just a few months ago, Tim Kaine was ready to blow up the filibuster in the Senate to see that Hillary Clinton’s appointments got a vote. But President Trump’s nominees fail a basic test for Tim Kaine- they were nominated by Donald Trump.”

    “I hope that Tim Kaine will recognize his own hypocrisy here and abandon this sour grapes, knee-jerk opposition to this well-qualified future Associate Justice.”

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  • Denver Riggleman: $15 Minimum Wage Would Cripple Small Business

    — Republicans must be united to defeat Northam or Perriello in November–

    Denver Riggleman: $15 Minimum Wage Would Cripple Small Business

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi. I’m Denver Riggleman owner of Silverback Distillery, former CEO of a Department of Defense contracting company, and a former candidate for governor of this great Commonwealth.”

    “Thanks for having me today. I’m honored to be asked to do this, but before I even begin I want to thank my campaign volunteers, the Republican Party of Virginia, and especially my staff for their belief in me and all that they did for me. This two and a half month sprint was a lot of fun. I tell you, I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying here to help.”

    “Why would I do that? I would do that because of unity.”

    “I believe right now that unity is the most important thing that we have in defeating the Democrats in this election. No name-calling. No going after each other with the aggression that we should be going after the Democrats with. I think right now we need to realize the importance of this election is about us fighting on the battlefield of ideas, and fighting with ideals. That is why it’s so important.

    “We have Tommy Perriello, we have Ralph Northam- two people that are saying this – two Democratic candidates we had fifteen dollar minimum wage on small business where the effects of that on real small business owners?”

    “I am one. Fifteen dollars an hour is not just $15 an hour. You have insurance, you have overhead, you have fringe costs. Really what you’re talking about a $15 minimum wage is $20 to $25 an hour per person. Now obviously we want to have a living wage for everybody, but destroying small business to try to get an artificially mandated living wage from two Democratic candidates who’ve never run a small business just goes to show you that their pandering for votes.

    “It just goes to show you that bad policy equals a really bad economic environment, as you can see with GDP growth since Terry McAuliffe has been governor. That’s why we have to do this. That’s why we have to have unity, and fight on the battlefield of ideals and ideas, because we have two Democratic candidates over the horizon that are looking at us and they’re going to use our very words against us to fight us. Let’s go with unity. Let’s go with us going in one direction. Let’s make sure that we support whatever primary candidate we have and go to war with them.”

    “Thank you again. I’m Denver Riggleman, and on behalf of Republicans everywhere, thanks for watching and have a great weekend.”

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  • RPV Ballot Access Process Reminder

    RPV issued the following statement today regarding ballot access:

    “Any candidate for statewide office who has passed pre-check with RPV and submitted the necessary forms to the State Board of Elections will appear on the June Primary Ballot. The Party instituted the ballot access process months ago and will not be changing their procedures now.

    So far, John Adams, Delegate Glenn Davis, Ed Gillespie, Senator Bryce Reeves, Chairman Corey Stewart, and Senator Frank Wagner have submitted their paperwork and will be qualifying for the primary ballot for their respective races. Any reports claiming manipulation of the process are fake news.”

  • Vogel Campaign Clears RPV Petition Pre-Check

    — Candidate is third Lt. Governor campaign to submit, verify petition signatures —

    The Republican Party of Virginia is pleased to announce that Jill Vogel is the third Republican candidate for Lt. Governor to submit signatures for “pre-check” review by the RPV and for submission to the State Board of Elections.

    RPV reviewed the signatures on the petitions submitted and the Vogel Campaign passed the pre-check process with significantly more signatures than required to meet the 10,000 statewide and 400 per Congressional District requirements of Virginia law.

    “Every potential member of our 2017 ticket knows the importance of grassroots engagement this year. Grassroots efforts like these are building the infrastructure for GOP wins in November,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “Senator Vogel’s team and volunteers have done an extraordinary job, and I’m pleased to announce that they’ve met the standards to appear on the 2017 Virginia primary ballot.”

    “I am so grateful to all the volunteers across the commonwealth that sacrificed their time to collect signatures,” said Senator Vogel. “I am floored at all the support and so thankful.”

    All statewide Virginia GOP candidates have been invited to submit their signatures for pre-clearance before the deadline at the end of March. Virginia will hold a primary on June 13, 2017.

  • Davis Campaign Clears RPV Petition Pre-Check

    — Candidate is second Lt. Governor campaign to submit, verify petition signatures —

    The Republican Party of Virginia is pleased to announce that Glenn Davis is the second Republican candidate for Lt. Governor to submit signatures for “pre-check” review by the RPV and for submission to the State Board of Elections.

    RPV reviewed the signatures on the petitions submitted and the Davis Campaign passed the pre-check process with significantly more signatures than required to meet the 10,000 statewide and 400 per Congressional District requirements of Virginia law.

    “Every potential member of our 2017 ticket knows the importance of grassroots engagement this year. Grassroots efforts like these are building the infrastructure for GOP wins in November,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “Delegate Davis’s team and volunteers have done an extraordinary job, and I’m pleased to announce that they’ve met the standards to appear on the 2017 Virginia primary ballot.”

    “Our robust campaign infrastructure of over 200 volunteers was on full display today at RPV and we couldn’t be more grateful. Glenn is more enthusiastic than ever as we approach victory in June,” said Davis for Lt. Governor Political Director Beck Stanley. “Republicans deserve a hard-charging business leader like Glenn on their statewide ticket. We look forward to victory in November.”

    All statewide Virginia GOP candidates have been invited to submit their signatures for pre-clearance before the deadline at the end of March. Virginia will hold a primary on June 13, 2017.

  • Whitbeck: Northam, Perriello Plans for $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt Poor Virginians

    — Both candidates support job-killing idea in effort to secure union votes —

    Statement of RPV Chairman John Whitbeck:

    “Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello apparently think the laws of supply and demand have been repealed. That’s the only way their far-left wing proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour make sense economically.”

    “Both Democrats are in a rush to be the most liberal candidate on the ballot, desperately trying to lock up the Democratic base for the June primary. But their promises to raise Virginia’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would do the exact opposite of their stated goals, destroying jobs and making life harder for lower-income Virginians.”

    “Don’t take our word for it.

    From Vox:
    “Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would mean gambling with the livelihoods of millions of Americans and could produce widespread unemployment in parts of the country where wages are below average.”

    From Alan Krueger, the former Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers:
    “… a $15-per-hour national minimum wage would put us in uncharted waters, and risk undesirable and unintended consequences…push for a nationwide $15 minimum wage strikes me as a risk not worth taking.”

    Last but not least, from that bastion of conservative economic orthodoxy, The Brookings Institution:
    “Trying to accomplish this by simply making 15 the new 10, in terms of minimum wage increases, could potentially generate more harm than good.”

    “A $15 min wage is so bad that even many far left liberals can’t get behind it. But when you’re in a race to the left, why let economic reality get in the way of winning votes?”