• 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

    —  No Democratic proposals enacted in past months would have stopped any shootings —
    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement today after President Obama’s remarks:

    It’s no coincidence that President Obama’s actions today would not have prevented a single shooting. Democrats have long since conceded the point that their efforts at gun control have no connection to actual crimes.

    Mark Herring still can’t tell us what crimes were committed by the concealed carry permit holders he has unilaterally decided to turn into criminals later this year, and Terry McAuliffe can’t point to a single crime that would have been prevented by his ’emergency’ gun regulations.
    These actions aren’t designed to stop gun violence. They’re designed to shore up Hillary Clinton’s far left base, and keep the campaign donations from anti-gun zealots like Michael Bloomberg coming. Our  Commonwealth and our country deserve better. But of course, that’s what Democrats like Mark Herring, Terry McAuliffe, and Hillary Clinton want.Chairman John Whitbeck
  • 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:

    Today’s action is further proof that Democrats in Virginia have declared war on the Second Amendment. Mark Herring’s unilateral action sets the stage for other states to end their recognition of Virginia permits and make it much harder for law abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights.

    But of course, that’s what Democrats like Mark Herring, Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton want. Chairman John Whitbeck

  • Virginia State Board of Elections GOP Statement of Affiliation

    The Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia, John Findlay, issued the following statement in regards to the State Board of Elections approval of the GOP Statement of Affiliation:

    “The Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee (SCC) has set a reasonable threshold to participate in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary, signing your name to a very simple nine word statement that reads: “My signature below indicates that I am a Republican.”

    The statement was primarily passed by the SCC with a simple goal: to ensure Republican voters select our Republican nominee in 2016. As this Statement of Affiliation gets discussed, many in the media are misconstruing its intent and terminology. It is not an “oath” or “pledge” in any way. It is not targeting any candidate, group of voters or an unreasonable barrier to voting. These nine words were used specifically to avoid any confusion or reference to past attempts.

    Requiring the signing of a Statement is a far lower barrier to participation than in States that require Party registration for voters participation in primaries.”

    Key Facts:

    • In the 2000 Republican Primary, a pledge was required that said Republicans voters would not vote in another Party’s primary, significantly more detailed than the 2016 language. That Republican primary still holds the record for highest participation in a Republican process at over 660,000 voters, with a turnout of over 17%.
    • Both parties have used statements or pledges. As an example, in May 2003 Democrats in Fairfax County issued the following requirement: “”I hereby state that I am a Democrat, that I am a registered voter within the jurisdiction for which this caucus is held, that I believe in the principles of the Democratic Party, and that I do not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election.”
  • Statement of RPV Chairman John Whitbeck on McAuliffe Budget Proposal

    Obamacare expansion short sighted at best, economic malpractice at worst

    Governor McAuliffe’s continued insistence on expanding Obamacare in Virginia is short sighted at best, and economic malpractice at worst. In state after state, costs have exceeded expectations. The fact that Governor McAuliffe is willing to make funding for critical services such as education compete with an unreformed, out-of-control Medicaid program is unconscionable.Chairman John Whitbeck
  • RPV Completes Review for March 1 Virginia Ballot; 13 Candidates in Total

    — Significant Choices for Virginia Republican’s on Super Tuesday —

     

    The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) issued a letter to the Virginia State Board of Elections affirming the thirteen (13) candidates who have qualified for the Virginia Republican Ballot for the Presidential Primary on March 1, 2016.

    A statement from Chairman John Whitbeck:

    “The Republican Party of Virginia is very proud of all our efforts to work with the campaigns to ensure Republicans in Virginia have a choice and an impact upon who our nominee will be on Super Tuesday. It is a strong indicator of the quality of candidates and excitement for the GOP that we have over 100,000 signature and a new Virginia record of 13 candidates on the ballot. This is a great day for RPV, the GOP candidates and Virginia Republicans overall.”

    Key Facts:

    • The March 1st, 2016 Republican Presidential Primary has already set a record with 13 candidates to be listed on the ballot. This is the most candidates ever listed on a party’s presidential primary ballot in Virginia. The total this year is 4 more than the previous high water of 9 set by the 2004 Democrat Presidential Primary.
    • Candidates submitted over 100,000 signatures of Virginia voters in their efforts to qualify for the ballot.

    The 13 candidates who have qualified (in order of submission and review by the RPV):

    • Donald Trump
    • Governor John Kasich
    • Former Governor Jeb Bush
    • Ben Carson
    • Senator Ted Cruz
    • Governor Chris Christie
    • Senator Lindsey Graham
    • Senator Rand Paul
    • Carly Fiorina
    • Senator Marco Rubio
    • Former Governor Mike Huckabee
    • Former Senator Rick Santorum
    • Former Governor Jim Gilmore
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  • Congresswoman Barbara Comstock Serves the 10th District

    The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) and Chairman John Whitbeck has released the following statement regarding Representative Barbara Comstock:

    “Barbara Comstock defied all odds last year and won by almost 17 points in a swing district. The Democrats have targeted her in five elections and she has defeated them despite their millions in lame partisan attacks, because she is one of the hardest working legislators we have in Northern Virginia. Now as a Members of Congress, she fights for the priorities of her constituents in the 10th District every day.

    Barbara works with the men, women and businesses in her District every day and has already succeeded in helping pass a 5 year transportation bill, a bipartisan budget that provides more funding for our national security and defense and sound national security and defense policies that will protect her constituents.

    As a former senior Justice Department official post 9/11, Barbara understands the threats that face our region, our country, and the world and she will fight to keep us safe. In her Freshman term, Barbara is one of the rare Freshmen who already serves as a Chairman on the Research and Technology Subcommittee and also has taken a leadership role in fighting human trafficking and setting up two local taskforces to tackle the growing heroin problem. In addition, Barbara has also received local and national accolades for her Young Women Leadership Program.

    Many 10th District Democrats who know Barbara said “no” to running against her – despite appeals from the DCCC. In desperation, the DCCC turned to former Rep. Jim Moran who recruited their losing candidate last year. Now Moran has recruited another candidate – one who has actually been living in the Ritz Carlton in the District of Columbia.

    In 2014 Jim Moran promised that ‘whatever it takes we’re going to get him [Foust] elected.’ Yet, Foust lost by almost 17% after raising $3 million and millions more that came from outside sources and over a half a million from his own checkbook. We trust this year’s DCCC recruit – who is also working closely with Jim Moran and relying on his advice and counsel – will benefit similarly from Mr. Moran’s (mis)guidance.”

  • Senator Rick Santorum Completes the RPV Pre-Check Process and Makes It Twelve Set for the March 1 Virginia Ballot

    The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) is pleased to announce that former Senator Rick Santorum is the twelfth and final Republican candidate 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 Santorum Campaign passed the pre-check process with significantly more signatures than required to meet the 5,000 statewide and 200 per Congressional District requirements of Virginia law. The remaining active GOP candidates can submit their petitions directly to SBE ahead of the deadline at 5:00 PM this evening and still attain the ballot if their signatures are in order per RPV’s review.

    “Senator Santorum closes the RPV pre-check process by showing the strength of his grassroots team and attaining the Virginia ballot come March 1,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “RPV is very proud of all our efforts to work with the campaigns to ensure Republicans in Virginia have a choice and an impact upon who our nominee will be on Super Tuesday. This is a great day for RPV, the GOP candidates and Virginia Republicans overall.”

    “From Washington to Jefferson, Madison to Monroe, Virginia has produced some of our nation’s greatest leaders,” noted Senator Rick Santorum. “I am looking forward to campaigning in the great Commonwealth of Virginia and earning their vote this spring to represent the Republican Party as our nominee.”

    Thus far a dozen candidates have passed the RPV Pre-Check: Donald Trump, Governor John Kasich, former Governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Senator Marco Rubio, former Governor Mike Huckabee and finally former Senator Rick Santorum. Virginia will hold a primary on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

  • Governor Mike Huckabee On VA Ballot; Total Now Eleven Candidates

    The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) is pleased to announce that former Governor Mike Huckabee is the eleventh Republican candidate 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 Huckabee Campaign passed the pre-check process with significantly more signatures than required to meet the 5,000 statewide and 200 per Congressional District requirements of Virginia law.

    “Governor Huckabee and his team have shown the strength of their grassroots team in Virginia and we’re very excited for the voters of the Commonwealth to have so many choices,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck.

    “Our dedicated grassroots volunteer force gathered thousands of signatures to secure our place on the Virginia ballot,” said Governor Huckabee. “I’m excited with our growing momentum across the country that will carry us through this Republican primary marathon.”

    Thus far a total of eleven candidates have passed the RPV Pre-Check: Donald Trump, Governor John Kasich, former Governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Senator Marco Rubio and now former Governor Mike Huckabee. Virginia will hold a primary on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

  • Senator Marco Rubio To Be On VA Ballot, Ten Candidates in Total

    The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) is pleased to announce that Senator Marco Rubio is the tenth Republican candidate 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 Rubio Campaign passed the pre-check process with significantly more signatures than required to meet the 5,000 statewide and 200 per Congressional District requirements of Virginia law.

    “Senator Rubio’s grassroots team and volunteers have done an excellent job in attaining the necessary signatures to get on the Virginia ballot; Senator Rubio should be very pleased with their effort,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “It is clear now with at least ten candidates achieving our ballot, the GOP understand how important Virginia is and are building strong networks in our critical Commonwealth.”

    “We are honored to present the work of hundreds of volunteers from across the Commonwealth to place Marco Rubio on the ballot for the March 1 Primary. These volunteers responded to Marco’s positive message for a strong and prosperous America whose best years are ahead,” said Delegate Hugo. “The fact that we did not pay for a single signature speaks volumes about the grassroots support for Marco and his vision for a New American Century. This campaign will be about the future and we will be announcing additional members of the Marco Rubio for Virginia campaign in the coming days.”

    Thus far a total of ten candidates have passed the RPV Pre-Check: Donald Trump, Governor John Kasich, former Governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina and now Senator Marco Rubio. Virginia will hold a primary on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

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