Del. Jason Miyares: Improving the Economy is Job One for the House GOP
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
Memo: Hillary Clinton’s Virginia Email Problem
To: Interested Parties
From: John Findlay, Executive Director
Re: Hillary’s Virginia Email Problem
Date: January 20, 2016
By now you’ve all seen the latest report from the Inspector General – Hillary Clinton’s insecure home-brew email account at one time contained materials that were part of Special Access Programs, the most secret of all top secret U.S. intelligence programs.
Handling these highly-sensitive materials in such an insecure way is a massive problem for Hillary in Virginia, and not just because of the likely Federal charges that will be levied against her.
Virginia is home to more military retirees than any other state in the union, all of whom have had the urgency of operational security drilled into them from their first weeks at boot camp.
Said simply, Virginia veterans who have spent their entire lives handling classified information with care – and with the legal consequences of failure drilled into them – will not take kindly to Hillary’s lackadaisical attitude toward national security.
It’s a disqualifying failure on her part, according to Del. Rich Anderson, R-Woodbridge, an Air Force veteran:
“With today’s disclosure that federal investigators found ‘Special Access Program’ (SAP) material on the unsecured private email server of Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State has demonstrated a fatal character flaw that renders her permanently ineligible for any position of public trust or responsibility. Because SAP material is beyond the classification level of Top Secret, Ms. Clinton’s misconduct has caused, in the words of federal classification rules, “exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States.”
“As a retired senior Air Force officer who in recent years had access to SAP-level documents and information, I cannot over-emphasize the lasting damage that Ms. Clinton’s misconduct has had on national security. Uniformed members of America’s armed forces who have access to sensitive and classified national security information know full well their responsibilities for protecting the nation’s secrets. No excuse or explanation offered by Ms. Clinton or her apologists can lessen the risk that she has caused to methods and sources of national intelligence or to the lives of American patriots who risk all to defend our nation.”
“Ms. Clinton’s disregard for the national security for her own political advantage or gain makes it indisputably clear that she is forever disqualified to serve as President or Commander in Chief.”
Around Virginia, news of Hillary’s mishandling of classified information is being met with disgust and anger by those who wore the uniform.
Bob Watson retired from the Army after 25 years of service as intelligence officer at the rank of Colonel. He agrees that Hillary’s lapses are simply inexcusable:
“The disclosure by Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough that Hillary Clinton retained information on her personal email server exceeding the Top Secret level disqualifies her to be the next Commander-in-Chief. The potential damage to our national security directly impacts our men and women in uniform, all of whom place their lives on the line every day for our nation. ”
“Members of the armed forces who handle classified information are taught that their number one priority is to protect that information. Sacrificing the security of classified information for the sake of personal convenience is strictly forbidden. Service members who handled much less sensitive information in far less damaging ways were prosecuted and dishonorably discharged from the military.”
“Our men and women in uniform do not deserve a leader who flagrantly violated national security regulations for the sake of personal convenience and entitlement. Hillary Clinton does not possess the integrity we demand in a Commander-in-Chief. Our Service Members deserve much better.”
Hillary can spin all she wants. But the facts are clear, and people who worked with classified information know just how bad Hillary’s transgressions are. Even if Hillary somehow manages to escape an indictment, Virginia veterans know what she did.
No amount of spin can change that. No claims of a “vast right wing conspiracy” can cover her failure in the eyes of veterans.
And that is a serious problem.
Sen. Mark Obenshain: It’s Time for Charter Schools in Virginia
Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, delivered this week’s Virginia Republican Address.
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
RPV Statement on Congressman Scott Rigell
Congressmen like Scott Rigell are hard to come by. Throughout his career, Scott Rigell wasn’t just committed to our shared conservative values, he has also been committed to improving our politics, and in so doing, improving our country.
Scott has been a tireless advocate for Hampton Roads, especially our men and women in uniform. There’s no greater testament to his hard work than the number of Gold Star families who supported him during his 3 campaigns.
Scott will be sorely missed in Virginia politics and we sincerely thank him for his service to our country and Commonwealth. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Federal Court Rules in Favor of RPV and State Board of Elections on Statement of Affiliation
The Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia, John Findlay, issued the following statement in regards to the decision today by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to support the approval of the GOP Statement of Affiliation by the State Board of Elections:
This Statement of Affiliation isn’t about any one campaign or not welcoming more voters to the GOP Big Tent. We welcome all Virginians who want smaller, smarter government and a turn away from excessive government regulation in our tax code and in health care. John Findlay, Executive Director
McAuliffe’s Real Agenda: Elect Hillary Clinton
— ‘First Friend’s’ agenda today is to help Hillary Clinton stave off a surging Sanders —
RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement following tonight’s State of the Commonwealth address:
As socialist Bernie Sanders surges in Iowa and New Hampshire, Terry McAuliffe must create a ‘firewall’ for Hillary in Virginia. I look forward to watching Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, Mark Herring and other Virginia Democrats lurch further and further to the left as they try to keep Hillary from feeling the Bern.John Whitbeck, RPV Chairman
Virginia GOP Defends Right to Conduct Its Nominating Processes in Court
–RPV is a party to a lawsuit brought against SBE —
The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) issued the following statement from Chris Marston, General Counsel, regarding the pending lawsuit pertaining to the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2016 Nominating Process.
The legal process is no substitute for the political process in setting the rules for a political party. The duly-constituted authorities of the Republican Party made a decision to require a statement of affiliation as a precondition to voting in the Presidential Primary, consistent with the Rules of the Republican Party adopted at our national convention, our own state party rules, and the laws of the Commonwealth. A court can not substitute the judgment of a few disgruntled litigants for our Party’s rules and process.
This is not the first time that litigants have sued the Party to attempt to change its rules in court rather than through the Party’s democratic process. And it will not be the last. The Republican Party of Virginia will stand strong in defense of its First Amendment rights. This suit is not just about the March 1 Presidential Primary; it’s about a fundamental constitutional right.
The State Board of Elections, with its two-to-one Democratic majority, recognizes these rights and, as we join them as defendants in this case, we will work together in bipartisan fashion to defend them.Chris Marston, General Counsel
PWC Democratic Chairman Harry Wiggins’ comments sexist and disrespectful
The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) and Prince William County Republican Committee (PWCRC) statement on PWC Democratic Party Chair Harry Wiggins’ sexist remarks in today’s Washington Post:
Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck
“Prince William County Democrats should be ashamed and outraged by the comments of Prince William Democrat Party Chair Harry Wiggins. Chairman Wiggins’ contention that Ruth Anderson will be a “puppet” for her husband is the most blatantly sexist attack since Democrat John Foust said Barbara Comstock had never had a real job.”
Prince William County Republican Committee Chairman Bill Card
“Ruth Anderson’s record of military service and professional accomplishment speaks for itself. Apparently Chairman Wiggins believes that woman with husbands in elected office are not qualified to hold elected office themselves.”
This could not have come at a worse time for Virginia Democrats, as they attempt to explain away Hillary Clinton’s treatment of woman who were victimized by her husband. Chairman Wiggins should apologize immediately and Democrat Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker must condemn his comments publicly at once.
Chairman Whitbeck: From Obama to Herring, Democrat Gun Actions are All Politics
Statement of RPV Chairman John Whitbeck on Herring Concealed Carry Actions
— Actions are designed to make it more difficult for Virginians to exercise their rights —
Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:
But of course, that’s what Democrats like Mark Herring, Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton want. Chairman John Whitbeck