• Anybody Seen Ralph Northam?

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “We’ve known for years now that the McAuliffe-Northam administration is all but allergic to due diligence. Ralph Northam was AWOL while the Virginia Economic Development Partnership spiraled out of control and wasted untold taxpayer resources.

    “As a member of the board, Lt. Governor has a key role in supervising VEDP. The fact that Ralph Northam missed all or part of 8 out of the last 11 board meetings is unacceptable. Virginians need to know where Ralph Northam was when he wasn’t doing the job he was elected to do. To that end, we’ve filed a FOIA request with the Lt. Governor’s office asking for Northam’s schedule on the days when he was supposed to be at VEDP meetings.”

    “Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam made a big show of standing up in front of the press and calling for VEDP reform last week. Ralph Northam had 11 chances to express his concerns before this week, and he passed on at least 7 of them. Where was Ralph when Virginia needed him?”

  • Whitbeck: McAuliffe, Northam Failed on VEDP

    — General Assembly, new Republican governor must fix Democrat failure of leadership–  
    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Governor McAuliffe’s decision to stand shoulder to shoulder with Ralph Northam during his press conference on the Virginia Economic Development Partnership shows us yet again that the McAuliffe-Northam administration is allergic to due diligence.”

    “The man charged with leading state government complained publicly about a failure of leadership in a government agency, and spoke about a failure of oversight while standing beside an official who missed all or part of 8 of the agency’s last 11 meetings.”

    “Virginians don’t trust the team that gave away $1.4 million of their money based on a fake Chinese website to clean up an agency suffering from a severe lack of due diligence. It’s going to take Republicans in the General Assembly – and a Republican in the Executive Mansion – to fix Terry McAuliffe’s costly mistakes.”

  • Chairman Whitbeck: Northam Silence on VEDP is Unacceptable

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “More than 24 hours have passed since the damning JLARC report on the structural problems at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and the man who wants to be the next Democrat governor has yet to say a word on the subject.”

    “Lt. Governor Northam likely hopes that the problems he and Governor McAuliffe have failed to address will simply disappear into the ether, but with serious problems like those with Project Honey apparently endemic at the agency, silence is unacceptable.”

    “Economic development is literally the future of Virginia. Every hour that passes without a statement or action by Lt. Governor Northam is just more proof that he’s unqualified to be the next Governor of Virginia.”

  • Whitbeck: JLARC Report a ‘Damning Indictment’ of McAuliffe-Northam Admin Failures

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today’s JLARC report on the Commonwealth’s economic development efforts is awful to say the least. This is a complicated report, but at the most basic level it is a damning indictment of the way the McAuliffe-Northam Administration has approached this key function of state government.”

    “The same failures cited in this report are the same failures that led to a $1.4 million in taxpayer funds being sent to a fake Chinese corporation with nothing more to vouch for it than a bogus website.”

    “Just as beer doesn’t balance budgets, headlines don’t create jobs. The McAuliffe-Northam record of style over substance simply cannot be allowed to continue. Virginians deserve – and quite frankly demand – better from their state government. That’s why they’re going to elect a Republican governor next year.”

  • Virginia GOP Submits FOIA Request for Emails Between Terry McAuliffe and Clinton Foundation Donor Leading Firm Financing I-66 Project

    – Request covers McAuliffe’s official and private email accounts –
    – Jane Garvey, North American Chair of a key finance co., is major Clinton Foundation, campaign donor — 

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today I have instructed RPV staff to prepare a Freedom of Information Act request related to any and all emails between Governor Terry McAuliffe, his staff, and Jane Garvey, the North American Chair of Meridiam, a finance company deeply involved in the I-66 improvement project announced last week. This request includes emails from both state accounts and any communications from Governor McAuliffe’s personal email account – the “tdmca. com” address uncovered from the Podesta emails leak – related to this project.””Terry McAuliffe said it himself: it’s easy to raise money when you’re a Governor, because you’ve got things like road contracts to hand out. It is absolutely imperative for Virginia voters to know if this multi-billion project award had anything to do with politics.  Any other governor would get the benefit of the doubt in a situation like this. But given what we’ve learned about the pay-to-play nature of Clinton Inc., Virginians need more information about this contract, and they need it sooner rather than later.”

    McAuliffe on Fundraising
    McAuliffe on Fundraising


    Background:

    The Commonwealth Of Virginia Has Agreed To A Massive Transportation Public-Private Partnership That Includes Meridiam, A Company That Has Never Managed A Transportation Project In Virginia

    * The Commonwealth Recently Agreed To A Massive $2.5 Billion Transportation Project That Requires Substantial Collaboration Between The State A Number Of Companies. “In return, the consortium will pay all construction and maintenance costs on the project, make hundreds of millions in other upgrades along the corridor and cut the state a check next year for $500 million, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. Altogether, the governor pitched it as a $2.5 billion swing in state transportation finances and a new national example for road financing.” (Travis Fain, “McAuliffe: New Highway Partnership Is A $2.5B Swing In State Transportation Finances,” Daily Press, 11/3/16) 

    * One of The Companies Critical To This Public-Private Partnership Is Meridiam, A Private Equity Firm. “Between the $500 million payment, the nearly $1 billion the state expected to spend on new I-66 lanes if it financed this project itself, $800 million the group has agreed to spend on transit projects and $350 million to otherwise reduce congestion, McAuliffe said the deal represents a roughly $2.5 billion swing in state transportation finances. The governor said at least $300 million will be plowed back into the state’s Smart Scale program, which is a prioritization process the state uses to determine what road projects it will help fund. Express Mobility is a consortium of Cintra, Meridiam, Ferrovial Agroman US and Allan Myers VA Inc. Cintra is a subsidiary of Ferrovial, and this will be the group’s first major project in Virginia. They operate toll roads now in Texas and Toronto. Meridiam is an equity fund, and this will be its infrastructure division’s first project in Virginia, but it’s a partner now on a light rail project in Maryland. The group also has worked with Cintra in Texas. Allan Myers is a construction company with offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.” (Travis Fain, “McAuliffe: New Highway Partnership Is A $2.5B Swing In State Transportation Finances,” Daily Press, 11/3/16)

    * This Is Meridiam’s First Infrastructure Project In Virginia. “Meridiam is an equity fund, and this will be its infrastructure division’s first project in Virginia, but it’s a partner now on a light rail project in Maryland.”(Travis Fain, “McAuliffe: New Highway Partnership Is A $2.5B Swing In State Transportation Finances,” Daily Press, 11/3/16)

    Meridiam’s North American Chairman, Jane Garvey, Is A Major Clinton Supporter And Donor

    * The North American Chairman Of Meridiam Is Jane Garvey. (“Jane Garvey,” Meridiam, Accessed 11/5/16) 

    * On January 2nd 2016 Garvey Emailed John Podesta That, “It Is An Honor To Play Even A Small Role In Electing Hillary.” “Thanks John. It is an honor to play even a small role in electing Hillary. All the Best Jane Garvey” (Jane Garvey Email To John Podesta, “Re: Happy New Year,” John Podesta Wikileaks, 11/5/16) 

    * Garvey Maxed Out Donations To Hillary For America In 2015. (“Page By Page Report Display (Page 5446 of 34937),” Federal Election Commission, Accessed 11/5/16) 

    * Garvey Maxed Out Donations To Hillary For America In 2016. (“Page By Page Report Display (Page 259 of 191926),” Federal Election Commission, Accessed 11/5/16) 

    Garvey Also Has Significant Ties To The Clinton Foundation And Bill Clinton In Particular

    * Garvey Gave Between $1001 And $5000 To the Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 11/5/16) 

    * On July 10th 2014, Garvey Wrote An Article For The Clinton Foundation Blog.
    (Jane Garvey, “To Strengthen American Infrastructure, Empower American Women,” Clinton Foundation, 7/10/14) 

    * Garvey Was Appointed The Administrator Of The Federal Aviation Administration By Bill Clinton In 1997. “From 1997 to 2002, she was the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after earlier positions as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Director of Boston’s Logan International Airport and Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works.” (“Jane Garvey,” Clinton Foundation, Accessed 11/5/16) 

  • Chairman Whitbeck: “The Clinton Foundation is Everything We Suspected and Worse”

    Today’s story in the Washington Post about Bill Clinton Inc. is as revealing as it is troubling. If you look in the dictionary under “pay for play,” you could very well find this example. The Clinton Foundation was quite simply selling access to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Staff at the Clinton Foundation were working day and night to put money into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s bank accounts by selling access.

    From the story:

    “‘We have dedicated ourselves to helping the President secure and engage in for-profit activities,'” Band wrote…”

    “…Band also detailed a circle of enrichment in which he raised money for the Clinton Foundation from top-tier corporations such as Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola that were clients of his firm, Teneo, while pressing many of those same donors to provide personal income to the former president.”

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “The motivation behind Hillary Clinton’s secret email server became even more clear in light of this memo. Secretary Clinton wanted to be sure that the true nature of the Clinton Foundation never came to light, and that the deals she and Bill Clinton put together to line their pockets never saw the light of day.”

    “She was so desperate to keep the money train rolling that she was willing to put national security in jeopardy to do. The memo is proof of everything we’ve ever suspected about the Clinton Foundation and worse. Hillary Clinton cannot be allowed to become President.”

  • Whitbeck: After 3 Debates, Trump Clear Choice

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck offered the following statement:

    “Donald Trump won this debate by presenting serious plans for America’s future. His plans for our economy will create more jobs – Hillary Clinton’s massive tax hikes will send more people to the unemployment lines.  Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s policies will put a stop to radical Islamic terrorism, while Hillary Clinton’s plans will only expand on more of the failed Clinton-Obama foreign policy track record which have left our country more vulnerable to attacks and our country less respected around the world. The choice could not be more clear.”

  • Chairman Whitbeck: Barbara Comstock the Only Choice in CD 10

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck offered the following statement:

    “This morning’s debate in Fairfax was yet another resounding win for Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10). Barbara has the experience, policy expertise and character we need in Washington. Barbara once again showed today she has a command of the real issues facing the 10th District and that she is the only choice on November 8. Democrat LuAnne Bennett, on the other hand, is a self-avowed rubber stamp for Hillary Clinton’s higher tax, job killing policies and out-of-touch with the District, especially considering how little time she has spent there.”

    “Considering her debate performances, her leadership in the District over the last two years and her significant cash-on-hand advantage, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has all the momentum as the campaign moves through the final weeks.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman John Whitbeck on Virginia Trump Campaign Chair Removal

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck offered the following statement:

    “Every day, hundreds of Republicans across Virginia are working hard to elect Donald Trump. This is a team effort. The Republican Party of Virginia, the Republican National Committee, and the Trump campaign are part of one team. While this turn of events is disappointing, I support the Trump campaign’s decision to remove their Virginia chairman. With less than a month until election day, we can’t afford any distractions.”

  • Whitbeck: Gov. Pence Certain Winner in Farmville Debate

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck offered the following statement:

    “For the second debate in a row, the Trump-Pence ticket has won a debate with the same strategy – presenting a clear, focused policy vision that will create real, positive change for American families.”

    “The contrast between Gov. Pence and Sen. Kaine couldn’t be more clear. Tim Kaine, as he has throughout this campaign, flipped and flopped on issues to appease Hillary Clinton and President Obama, putting his aspirations ahead of his beliefs, Virginians, and America. Weathevane Kaine was once again true to form tonight.”

    “The choice is clear. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine represent another four years of the last eight years. Donald Trump and Mike Pence represent a positive direction for our future, and our children’s future. That’s why Virginians are going to choose Donald Trump and Mike Pence in November.”
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