• RPV State Central Committee Elects John Whitbeck Chairman

    Members of the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee today elected 10th Congressional District Chairman John Whitbeck by acclamation to serve as the party’s new Chairman following the retirement of Chairman Pat Mullins.

    The following are excerpts from Chairman Whitbeck’s remarks:

     “As some of you know I have already started my work on behalf of the RPV.  In the last few weeks I have traveled around Virginia meeting with grassroots folks, leaders in the business community and Republicans from every corner of our Party.  I have learned so much in such a short time that I am prepared for the job ahead.”

    “You know, one of the questions everyone is asking me is what does the Republican Party of Virginia stand for?  People want to know our message and how things are going to be different and I have had a very easy answer to give them.  It is a message that resonates with everyone….Republicans, Independents and even some Democrats…”

    “WE BELIEVE:

    That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,

    That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,

    That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,

    That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,

    That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,

    That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.”

    “This Creed unites us.  It makes us who we are.  And if we only live by these words, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.  It is time to shed our divisive labels….Establishment, grassroots, libertarians, whatever we call ourselves…..it is time to be Republican first.”

    “But more importantly, it is time for the Republican Party of Virginia to give you all a reason to call yourselves Republicans first.”

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you a solemn commitment to always give you my best effort.  To never forget where I came from and to manage our Party guided by the Republican Party of Virginia Creed.”

    Pastor Aaron Wheeler, the other candidate for the post, withdrew from the race at the last minute. Wheeler informed members of the committee of his intentions via letter, and gave his full support to Whitbeck.

    In addition to prepared remarks, Whitbeck announced that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be the keynote speaker at the party’s Commonwealth Dinner on Feb. 24th in Richmond.

    Perry is likely the first of many potential GOP Presidential contenders to appear in Virginia in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential primary season.

    Whitbeck will serve the unexpired portion of retiring Chairman Mullins’ term, which runs through the Virginia GOP Convention in summer 2016. The exact date and location for that event has not yet been set.

  • Sen. Mark Obenshain Delivers Weekly Virginia GOP Address

    Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, delivered this week’s Virginia GOP Address. Video link below.

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “I’m Senator Mark Obenshain. I represent the 26th Senate District, which includes much of the Shenandoah Valley – the City of Harrisonburg, Shenandoah, Page, Warren and Rappahannock counties, and part of Rockingham County.”

    “The second week of the 2015 General Assembly session has come to an end, and Republicans are hard at work on issues that matter to Virginians. Just this week, my colleagues and I announced legislation that will move Virginia to the forefront of the fight against human trafficking.”

    “This legislation will give law enforcement strong new tools to fight those who snare children into the horrifying world of the sex trade. Enacting these proposals will make it absolutely clear to those predators who would prey upon our children that Virginians will not stand idly by while they claim more victims.”

    “Virginia’s children are not for sale, and these new laws will give our communities the tools they need to put a stop to this crime – and to rescue the victims already in its grasp.”

    “Republicans in the Senate and the House of Delegates are also working hard to advance a forward-looking agenda that focuses on the things you care about: better schools for our children, creating better and higher paying jobs, and making sure that state government doesn’t treat your pocketbook like an ATM.”

    “Said simply, our top priorities during this session of the General Assembly are the same priorities that you and your family discuss each night at the kitchen table.”

    “Unfortunately, our Democratic colleagues aren’t focused on the concerns of hard working families.  Instead, they’re focused on a backward-looking agenda with one goal: getting hard left liberal interest groups fired up for November.”

    “Republicans are focused on improving education, but Democrats are focused on gun control. Republicans are focused on the economy, but Democrats are focused on expanding Obamacare.”

    “That’s not entirely surprising. President Obama set the tone for Democrats in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, when he rolled out hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes, and a raft of new government programs, and job-killing regulations. It doesn’t take a professor of Constitutional law to see that bigger government and higher taxes are absolutely the last thing our economy needs right now.”

    “President Obama’s speech was all style, and no substance, recycled from bad liberal ideas we’ve seen time and time again. How else can anyone explain the President’s idea to pay for “free” community college…  by taxing the 529 savings plans so many Virginians have used to set aside hard-earned dollars for their children’s college education?”

    “All style, and no substance, aimed at getting liberal Democrats to the polls. But that’s OK. ”

    “While Democrats in Washington and Richmond spend all their time trying to get re-elected, we’ll be spending our time working for you, the people of the Commonwealth.”

    “I’m Senator Mark Obenshain. Thank you for listening, and have a great weekend.”

  • Robert Hurt Responds to the President’s State of the Union Address

    Congressman Robert Hurt, R-5th,  released the following statement in response to President Obama’s annual State of the Union Address:

    “I appreciate President Obama’s coming to the Capitol tonight to speak to Congress and the American people about his priorities for our nation.  While I welcome the ideas and proposals the President offered for improving our economy and making life easier for working families in tonight’s address, I have serious concerns with much of his approach for achieving these important goals.

    “While the President discussed many important issues tonight, a harsh economic reality remains.  Far too many Fifth District Virginians and Americans across the country are out of work and many more are forced to settle for working only part-time.  Families continue to struggle with stagnant wages and rising health insurance premiums.  Small businesses and family farms labor under the increasing burden of federal regulations which impede their ability to invest in their communities and create jobs.  And our national debt totals more than a staggering $18 trillion – translating to more than $56,000 in debt for every American citizen.

    “The American people sent a loud and clear message in November that they do not want the President to act on his own.  They want him to work with the new Congress to advance the people’s priorities.  We must work together to implement a simpler, fairer, and flatter tax code that will ensure that individuals and businesses have the certainty they need and that all Americans are keeping more of their hard-earned tax dollars.  We must remain focused on implementing significant fiscal reforms to keep current programs solvent rather than spending money we do not have.  We must remove the federal government as a barrier to job creation rather than imposing even more burdensome regulations on struggling small businesses.  We must provide even greater opportunities for future generations to prosper.

    “We in the House of Representatives will continue to advance bipartisan solutions, but we cannot implement real solutions to the challenges our great nation faces alone.  It is my hope that the President will work with us, rather than around us, and join us in promoting policies to build a stronger America for our children and grandchildren.  I look forward to finding common ground on these important issues as we work to encourage success for all Americans so that they can realize the American dream for themselves and future generations.”

  • Comstock: ‘We Need Tax Relief For Hard Working Families’

    Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, R-10th, issued the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

    “Americans deserve a results-oriented government that is focused on them and builds a healthy economy,” said Congresswoman Comstock.  “I am focused on common sense legislation that moves our economy forward.  President Obama’s proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases was not what hard working taxpayers wanted to hear tonight.  We need tax relief for hard working families and small businesses, not more tax increases that will harm our ability to grow a healthy economy.”

  • Brat takes Obama to task for being a pretend populist, harming the economy and wages

    Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th,  issued the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight:

    “President Obama used the State of the Union tonight to play the populist card, which he’s trying to define as giving away free stuff.  But as an economist, I can tell you his giveaways aren’t free.  He’s trying to hide the true cost from the American people, just like he did with Obamacare.  We all pay for these programs in the end through higher taxes, more government spending, and a weaker economy.

    “But it’s hard for him to call himself a populist when he’s not actually looking to empower the American people, but is instead looking to increase the concentration of power in government.  True populism is what conservatives are trying to do:  Break up the accumulation of power in Washington and give it back to the American people.

    “The president has also called for more taxes to feed Washington’s insatiable spending appetite.  Hardworking Americans pay enough in taxes.

    “Increasing taxes on anyone – whether the wealthy or the middle class – only slows the economy down.  Higher taxes discourage people from saving, investing, and buying things.  That means businesses can’t grow, can’t create more jobs, and can’t increase their workers’ wages.  That hurts everyone.  It’s Economics 101.

    “There’s also a fundamental difference in how the president and most Republicans feel about business – whether business is a force for good or something that needs to be continually punished.  While I speak out against cronyism between some big businesses and government, I believe businesses are generally a force for good – successful businesses grow our economy, provide incomes for our families, and do good works in our communities.  A true populist understands that most people need to work to provide for their families and that most of them work in the very businesses the president seeks to punish.

    “If we want to turn our economy around and create more jobs and higher wages for all Americans, history shows that we should be cutting taxes and encouraging business growth rather than turning more money over to government, which continues to spend uncontrollably and put us further into debt.  It’s also critically important that we simplify and make our tax code fairer, treating all taxpayers equally rather than having a tax code that allows politicians to pit them against one another.”

  • Griffith Responds to State of the Union

    Congressman Morgan Griffith, R-9th, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

    “A real trust deficit exists between President Obama and many of us in Congress.  In his State of the Union address, he spoke of putting our differences aside and working together, but he made sure to include numerous veto threats and potshots at policies many of us support.  For example, ‘Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline,’ President Obama said.  Instead, I must ask: why not start with that ‘single oil pipeline,’ build trust by showing us your willingness to work together, and move forward with other opportunities?”

    “As President Obama acknowledged himself ahead of the 2014 elections, his policies were on the ballot.  And the results of last year’s election were clear.  But the President’s actions since that time indicate it doesn’t matter to him what happened at the ballot box; it’s his way or the highway.  The tenor of his speech continued to convey that attitude.”

    “Put plainly, the President’s State of the Union address was full of veto threats, unserious proposals, and missed opportunities.  I am disappointed by the tenor of his remarks, but I am not surprised.”

  • Wittman Statement on the State of the Union Address

    Congressman Rob Wittman, R-1st, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

    “President Obama seems quite content with our nation’s current state of affairs. However, most folks I hear from don’t express the same level of satisfaction. The president gave little attention to our debt and deficit, which still remain too high. I also didn’t hear enough about his plans to facilitate a robust middle class where a path to progress exists through strong career ladders, effective career and technical education, and an economy driven by private sector growth, not government programs. Above all, we must strengthen the opportunity for the middle class to succeed.

    “I am relieved that the president acknowledged the challenges ‘beyond our shores.’ There is no question that our world is not getting any safer. And the role of Congress in granting authority to the president to engage ISIS is especially critical. However, the president did not mention the impending cuts to our military budget, known as the sequester, which will be absolutely devastating for our nation’s ability to defend itself. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, I am committed to staving off these irresponsible, unbalanced cuts and ensuring that our men and women in uniform are trained and equipped to execute their missions successfully and return home safely. We owe that to them.

    “As 2015 kicks into gear, my goal in Washington is to make sure that the job gets done. Our system of government was designed as it was for a reason, and the Congress has a duty to pass responsible legislation that will in turn go to the president for his signature. I am hopeful that the president will work with Congress to achieve smart public policy that enables a robust economy full of opportunity for our citizens. We must put the country on a quick path to a balanced budget and make sure that our government is funded in a timely, long-term manner. Finally, we must ensure that our military’s ability to protect our citizens remains strong and unrivaled.”

  • Chairman Mullins: Obama State of the Union a Recipe for Disaster

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “We’ve heard all of these proposals before in one fashion or another, but there’s something about hearing them after they’ve been utterly rejected by voters that makes it worse.”

    “Higher taxes, more regulation, and bigger government were soundly rejected by the voters in November. Yet President Obama continues to put forward the same policies, time and time again. If he were intentionally trying to stifle economic growth, he’d be hard pressed to do better than this platform.”

    “Maybe President Obama is following the Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Democrat playbook and is trying to excite liberal voters in an effort to get them to the polls. But I’m fairly certain the truth is much worse: he just doesn’t care what voters think anymore.”

  • RPV Files Formal Ethics Complaint Against Mark Warner for Puckett Job “Brainstorming”

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Today, acting at my direction, the Republican Party of Virginia filed a formal ethics complaint against Democratic Senator Mark R. Warner in connection with his ‘brainstorming’ about a job for former Senator Phil Puckett’s daughter during the 2014 campaign.”

    “After examining the published reports and Warner’s own statements during the campaign, it appears that Warner may have violated a Federal law that prohibits Senators and Representatives from using their influence or offering to use their influence to secure employment for another, solely on the basis of political affiliation.”

    “Said simply, if Warner offered to use his influence to land a job for anyone based simply on political considerations, he has violated Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which is punishable up to 15 years in prison.”

    “Democrats will argue that this complaint is nothing but poor sportsmanship, and a childish reaction to a close electoral loss. Nothing could be further from the truth. This complaint comes at a time when Virginia Democrats are publicly calling for ethics reform. As our Democratic colleagues wrote in a fundraising email just this week, ‘We need to hold our elected leaders accountable for their actions and demand a more transparent and honest government.'”

    “This request for an investigation is just that – an effort to ensure that Democrat Mark R. Warner did not violate the law in an effort to aid in the expansion of Obamacare in Virginia. And if he did violate the law, that he is held to account.”

    “Holding our elected leaders accountable begins with enforcing the laws we have on the books, and that is what we ask the Senate Ethics Committee to do.”

    Download the letter by clicking here.

  • Del. Tim Hugo Delivers Weekly Virginia GOP Address

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi, I’m Delegate Tim Hugo and I represent the 40th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. I also serve as the Chairman of the House Republican Caucus.

    “The 2015 General Assembly started last Wednesday. As we move into our first full week, I wanted to share with you some of the priorities that Republicans will be working on this year. ”

    “Before the start of session, Democratic leader David Toscano sent a memo to his colleagues outlining their goals for the start of session. One of their top priorities is to ‘create dilemmas’ for Republicans in swing districts by forcing votes on very liberal issues. ”

    “To the contrary, our first and foremost goal isn’t to play politics – it’s to govern.

    Republicans in the General Assembly are going to work to create new job opportunities for hard-working Virginians. ”

    “*We’re going to reform and improve our schools so our children have more opportunities.”

    “*We’re going to fight to make college more affordable so the next generation isn’t saddled with student debt. “

    “*We’re going to fulfill the promises we made to our veterans and provide funding for two new veterans care centers. “

    “*And perhaps most importantly – we’re going to hold Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring accountable. “

    “On new taxes and fees – not happening. We will protect the 2nd Amendment. And on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which will cost Virginia taxpayer’s hundreds of millions of dollars –  you can count on your Republican super-majority to stand firm.”

    “Over the next 45 days, Republicans in the General Assembly will be working on the issues that matter to you – jobs, strong schools, making college more affordable. We won’t hesitate to stand up to Governor McAuliffe.”

    “But we can’t do it alone. We need to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Delegate and share your thoughts on this session. Thanks for watching.”

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