• Can the FBI Keep Up With Terry McAuliffe’s Appointments?

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement: 

     

    “I’m
    starting to wonder if the FBI is going to be able to keep up with all
    these appointments that Terry McAuliffe is making from the General
    Assembly.”

     

    “Announcing
    these two appointments on the biggest news-dump day of the year make
    perfect sense, given the outcry that I’m sure is going to follow from
    our Democratic friends. Indeed, if Democrats stay true to form, I expect
    the statements of denunciation and outrage to start flowing
    immediately.” 


    “The Puckett precedent is clear: resigning General Assembly to take a
    government job — or even to consider taking a government job —  is
    worthy of empaneling a grand jury.”


    “And on the off chance that the outrage from Democrats doesn’t
    materialize, then that says all you need to know about the ‘outrage’
    over Phil Puckett: Phil Puckett made Terry McAuliffe look stupid, and
    these other Democrats didn’t.”

  • Chairman Mullins:When Does the Investigation Start?

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement: 

     

    “I
    was surprised to learn that Del. Bob Brink had resigned his post to
    take a government job. After all, after listening to our Democratic
    friends in recent weeks, resigning an elected post to take a government
    job is apparently worthy of a Federal investigation.”  

     

    “Indeed,
    after the hue and cry that went up from Democrats after Phil Puckett
    resigned – with the possibility of taking a government job – I would
    have expected the U.S. Attorney to immediately launch an investigation
    into the circumstances surrounding Del. Brink’s departure. Following the
    Puckett precedent, a grand jury must be convened immediately.” 

     


    “I said all that to say this: If alleged violations of the law aren’t
    investigated consistently, we are no longer a nation of laws. We are a
    nation where one man’s whim is the law, and that is the antithesis of
    principle our nation was founded upon.”


    “Thwarting a Democrat Governor’s policy goal — and making him look stupid in the process — shouldn’t be a Federal offense.”

  • Chairman Mullins: Liberty Wins at the Supreme Court

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement: 

     


    “In clear and unambiguous terms, the U.S. Supreme Court smashed the very
    heart and soul of Obamacare today.  It was a victory well overdue.”

    “This ruling
    translates into one resounding message for conservatives across America:
    we win, they lose!  Obamacare has now been rejected by the American
    people, by the economy, and today by the highest court in the
    land. Obamacare was, is, and will be the most harmful and invasive
    legislation ever passed by Washington — and Virginians are in a mood
    to punish Mark Warner for his deciding vote in passing what today was
    proven to be an unconstitutional mandate on the rights of religious
    conscience.” 


    “The people, the economy, and now the courts have spoken. Mark Warner
    and Barack Obama are today staring down a complete and total
    repudiation of their agenda.  The path to full repeal runs through the
    U.S. Senate, and a statewide referendum on Mark Warner’s deciding vote
    on Obamacare is coming on November 4th.  Virginians are ready to hold
    Warner accountable for his deciding vote.”

  • Chairman Mullins: Alpha Mine Closure is the Inevitable Outcome of Democrat Policies

    — While Democrats work to kill the coal industry, Republicans fight for coal jobs  —

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement: 

     


    “My heart goes out to the miners in Dickenson County who lost their jobs
    this week. This announcement is a punch to the gut in an area that’s
    been hard-pressed for years.”

    “Sadly, it isn’t surprising.
    Closures like the one we saw this week are simply the inevitable outcome
    of Democrat policies. Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are
    all working as hard as they can to make sure that our miners wind up on
    the unemployment line — all in the name of fighting global warming.”

    “Delegate
    Ben Chafin has been fighting for our coal jobs from the first day he
    was in the General Assembly — and he’s already won a significant
    victory. Thanks to his efforts, any new anti-global warming schemes sent
    down from Washington will be put through the wringer in Richmond, with
    the costs to our economy and local communities spelled out in full.”

    “In
    the end, if we want to save coal jobs, we need more Republicans. That’s
    why I’m confident that voters are going to chose Ben Chafin to be the
    next Senator from the 38th District!”

  • Chairman Mullins: Gillespie’s Energy Plan a Stark Contrast With Mark Warner’s Anti-Energy Record

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement: 

     

    “Mark
    Warner said he would be an independent voice in the Senate. But when it
    comes to serious energy policies that would help us grow our economy
    and bring down costs, he sides time and time again with Harry Reid.  

     

    “Just look at his record. He continues to refuse to take a position on new job-killing EPA Carbon Rules”

     

    “I’m going to be looking to look at the rules, and then specifically look at the comments.” (Daily Press, June 2, 2014)

    “Warner says he’s for the Keystone XL Pipeline, but voted against it in 2012 when Jim Webb and other Democrats voted for it.” (March 8, 2012)

     

    “He ran on Cap and Trade in 2008, calling it the ‘long-term solution’ on his campaign website.”

     

    “And in 2009 Warner said ‘The
    most significant thing we can do is send the market signal that either
    directly through a carbon tax or indirectly through Cap and Trade, we
    are going to put a price on carbon.'”

     

    “Earlier this year Warner reaffirmed his support for a ‘straight carbon tax’, adding that he wished the United States had signed on to the Kyoto Protocol.”

     

    Mark Warner: All In For A Carbon Tax
    Mark Warner: All In For A Carbon Tax

    “Ed Gillespie’s
    plan would create jobs, bring down costs, and help make us more energy
    independent. Mark Warner continues to be a road block to more affordable
    energy. The choice in November is clear.”
     

     

  • Chairman Mullins: McAuliffe Must Explain How His Promised Expansion of Medicaid is Not Illegal

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “The
    analysis from former Solicitor General Clement is absolutely clear:
    there is only one way Medicaid expansion can happen, and that is with
    the express permission of the General Assembly.”

    “Governor
    McAuliffe is free to bluster, to threaten, and whine like a small child
    sent to bed without dessert. But in the end it is the Constitution and
    Code of Virginia that hold sway, not the fits of pique and impotent rage
    rolling forth from the Executive Mansion.”

    “Virginia is not
    Kentucky, nor is it Ohio. Our laws are clear and distinct, and any
    effort to go around them would simply be further evidence that Terry
    McAuliffe is unprepared – and unqualified – to hold the same office
    once held by Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.”

    “If he truly
    intends to go forward, Terry McAuliffe must lay out the legal framework
    for doing so, and do so immediately. Every day that goes by in which he
    doesn’t proves either that he has no plan, and is simply bloviating to
    mask his own weakness, or his intentions are so lawless that they would
    not stand up to public scrutiny.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on General Assembly Budget Veto Actions

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Let
    me be the first to congratulate Speaker Howell, Leader Norment, and the
    rest of the Republican-led General Assembly for their hard work on the
    state budget. What Democrat obstruction held up for months, Republican
    lawmakers accomplished in days.”

    “And thanks to our GOP team in
    the House of Delegates, Virginians now have a budget – signed by the
    Governor himself – that takes Medicaid expansion off the table unless
    specifically authorized by the General Assembly. “

    “But these
    votes this evening in the House of Delegates shouldn’t have been
    necessary at all. Had Terry McAuliffe and his team actually taken the
    time to learn how Virginia’s process works, they would have known that
    these vetoes were improper. Had Terry McAuliffe had more self control
    and less of a temper, many of these vetoes would never have even been
    issued.”

    “These actions speak to the inexperience and frankly,
    the immaturity, that Terry McAuliffe has brought with him to the
    Executive Mansion. Indeed, these invalid vetoes prove that Terry and his
    team desperately need remedial Governor training.”

    “Even more
    disappointing, however, was the vote by Senate Democrats to uphold Terry
    McAuliffe’s temper-tantrum veto of funding for an ethics commission – a
    commission which they helped pass into law. It’s clear now that the
    Democrat Party of Virginia stands for whatever Terry McAuliffe says it
    stands for.”

    “Fortunately, we have a Republican-controlled
    General Assembly that is willing to do the hard work to clean up the
    messes created by an inexperience and ill-tempered executive.”

  • Chairman Mullins: McAuliffe’s Tantrum a Display Unworthy of Governor’s Office

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “What
    we saw today from Governor McAuliffe was no less than a temper
    tantrum, a display unworthy of the office once held by Patrick Henry and
    Thomas Jefferson.”

    “Everyone expected him to veto the
    Medicaid-related language in the budget, even if it’s on shaky legal
    ground. But refusing to fund more judges at a time when our courts are
    over capacity is wrong. It’s bad policy born of a fit of impotent
    rage.”

    “In regard to the Governor’s efforts to expand Medicaid
    unilaterally, his disregard for the rule of law is striking, and
    disappointing.”

    “However, speaking as the Chairman of a party
    that aim to elect Republicans, I welcome Democratic Governor
    McAuliffe’s efforts to expand an unpopular Democratic program in a
    swing state in an election year. And I’m certain Democrat Mark Warner is looking forward to standing up for Obamacare expansion, too.”

    “See you in September, Terry.” 

  • RPV Chairman Pat Mullins Files Ethics Complaint With U.S. Senate Over Mark Warner TV Ad

    — Warner ad makes use of an image from a Senate Committee hearing in violation of Senate Rules —

    Republican Party of Virginia
    Chairman Pat Mullins today filed an ethics complaint with the U.S.
    Senate regarding the inappropriate use of images from official Senate
    proceedings in a recent TV ad.

    In his letter to the Senate Committee on Ethics, which can be found here,
    Chairman Mullins notes that not only is this use of official images
    against Senate standing orders, the rules were of such concern to
    fellow-embattled Democrat Mary Landrieu that she actually re-enacted a committee hearing to avoid violating them.

    “Earlier
    this year, one of Senator Warner’s Senate colleagues, Senator Mary
    Landrieu (D-LA), was so concerned with complying with this Standing
    Order that she went to the extreme length of reenacting her statement at
    a United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing
    in order to include “footage” of the statement in a campaign television
    ad. Carrie Dann, “Landrieu Camp: Ad Reenactment Done to Comply with
    Senate Rules,” NBC News, April 15, 2014, available at:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/landrieu-camp-ad- reenactment-done-comply-senate-rules-n81046.


    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “While
    I realize that Mark Warner is desperate to do anything to create the
    illusion of a record that’s not 97 percent in line with President Obama,
    it’s deeply concerning to me that he and his team have taken such a
    cavalier attitude toward Senate rules.”

    “Apparently Mark Warner
    spent just as much time reading Senate rules as he did reading the
    Affordable Care Act. Virginians deserve better — on both counts.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on Mark Warner’s List of ‘Republican’ Endorsements

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Really?
    This is what he’s got? This is Mark Warner’s list of ‘Republican’
    endorsements? This list is almost a carbon copy of Terry McAuliffe’s
    list from 2013 – and Barack Obama’s list from 2012. It’s made up of
    people who share Mark Warner’s love of higher taxes, and various other
    folks who more than likely haven’t supported a GOP nominee since Linwood
    Holton was governor.”

    “I expected better from Mark Warner. But then again, so did the Virginians who voted for him.”

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