• Mike Hymes: “I do believe you ought to register handguns”

    Democrat Mike Hymes has made a lot of noise about firearms in the past few days. When Republicans questioned his views on guns, he issued an indignant press release, in which his campaign wrote:

    “Mike Hymes is on the record with both the National Rifle Association and the Virginia Citizens Defense League in opposing any form of gun registration or any type of gun ban.

    But what does the candidate actually think?

    Mike Hymes On the Second Amendment


    Hymes: “I
    don’t think you ought to be able to sell somebody an AR-15,
    either. Because, law enforcement should have those kinds.  We’ve
    had to give our law enforcement in Tazewell County AR-15s because,
    you know, they go up a holler, some guy’s got one. He’s bought
    one. Virginia’s gun laws are pretty doggone liberal.”

    “I do believe you ought to register
    handguns, we ought to have something. If they had not let that
    assault rifle ban drop, then that probably  wouldn’t be a problem.
    So that’s kinda where I am.”

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    could say something snarky here, but this is too serious. Once again, a
    Democrat is trying to hide his anti-Second Amendment views. Fake right,
    run left.”

    “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a candidate do
    something quite this two-faced. Mike Hymes is telling the world that
    he’s pro-Second Amendment and against gun registration, but as soon as
    the TV cameras are off, he tells people the exact opposite.”

    “Folks it’s simple: if you support the Second Amendment, if you support liberty, vote for Ben Chafin.”

  • Chairman Mullins: Ed Gillespie Demolishes Mark Warner in First Debate

    — ‘After this performance, I doubt we’ll see Mark Warner agree to any more meetings’

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    no two ways about it: Ed Gillespie absolutely demolished Mark Warner
    during today’s debate. After this, I strongly doubt Warner will even
    agree to another debate. One more outing like this one would end the

    “Mark Warner simply could not, can not, and will not
    answer for his record. Warner is stuck between keeping his radical
    liberal base happy and not alienating the vast majority of Virginia
    voters. That’s why we get this ridiculous theme of how he doesn’t like
    Obamacare, but voted for it anyway.”

    “That’s why we get
    performances like today’s, where Warner attempts to walk the razor’s
    edge between renouncing his support for Obama and Obama policies, and
    embracing them just enough to keep the base happy.”

    “But it’s a
    losing battle. The more people learn about Mark Warner’s real record,
    the less they like it. And that’s why he’s about to return to the
    private sector.”

  • Chairman Mullins: Halbig Decision Confirms Words Have Meanings, Despite Wishes to the Contrary

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    having meanings. Wishing that words didn’t mean what they say isn’t a
    good foundation for legislation or jurisprudence  – something our new
    ‘modern Attorney General’ Mark Herring has failed to understand.”

    is broken, and it has been from the very start. No amount of tinkering
    or patching can repair it. Obamacare must be scrapped, and replaced with
    a true market-based set of reforms that puts people, not government, in
    charge of their health care.”

    “Said simply, this is what happens when we have to pass a bill to find out what’s in it. And it’s not pretty.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on the Life and Legacy of Leo Wardrup

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement: 

    all of Virginia mourns the loss of Delegate Leo Wardrup. As his
    colleagues, friends and, family gather to remember his life and legacy,
    we are reminded of his unique and towering legacy – a passion for
    politics, but always with the wisdom not to take it too seriously.”

    “As others have
    noted, Leo Wardrup was one of a kind, but our Commonwealth would do well
    to have a thousand more like him. He is sorely missed.”

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

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement: 


    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


    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

    “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: 


    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.”  


    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

    “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.”

    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.”

    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: 


    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:

    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.”

    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.”

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