• RPV Statement on Televised Republican Gubernatorial Debate

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Tonight the Republican Candidates for Governor will participate in an open and televised discussion about the future of our Commonwealth. We may witness some disagreement when it comes to policy, but we can be confident that each of these candidates is better suited to lead the Commonwealth than Ralph Northam or Tom Perriello.”

  • RPV Statement on Confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Congratulations to soon-to-be Associate Justice Neil Gorusch on his confirmation today! Judge Gorsuch is a supremely qualified jurist who will serve the Constitution and the rule of law faithfully. I also congratulate Leader McConnell and his team for their hard work to ensure that the voters were heard before the Justice Scalia’s seat was filled.”

    “That being said, I am extremely disappointed in Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Both of these Senators put their far-left base ahead of their constituents as a whole. With his vote to join the obstruction of this nominee, Mark Warner has forever abandoned any claim to be a centrist. Senator Kaine should be even more ashamed, but thankfully his last-minute smear of Judge Gorsuch was seen for just what it was — a falsehood designed to give a bitter Tim Kaine an excuse to vote no.”

    “Congratulations, Justice Gorsuch!”

  • Whitbeck: ‘Radical Centrist’ Warner Aligns With Radical Left Against Judge Gorsuch

    — Despite bipartisan support, Warner joins other Democrats in opposition —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Judge Gorsuch is a supremely qualified, mainstream jurist with impeccable credentials. A majority of the U.S. Senate, Republicans and Democrats alike, support his confirmation. The fact that both Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have been forced to fabricate answers about ‘evasiveness’ is telling. Both of these Democrats are choosing their partisan base over Virginians.”

    “Mark Warner has often billed himself as a radical centrist, but he finds Judge Gorsuch isn’t qualified for the court, then no Republican appointee would be qualified. I look forward to Majority Leader McConnell exercising the Reid precedent and confirming Judge Gorusch over this unprecedented, partisan filibuster. ”


  • John Adams: It’s Time to Restore the Rule of Law to the Attorney General’s Office

    John Adams, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, delivered this week’s Virginia GOP address:

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Good morning, it is a great privilege to have the opportunity to speak with you this week. Yesterday was an incredibly special day for me, my family, and my supporters all across the Commonwealth. While we were traveling in Norfolk, and then between campaign events, I was notified that we had secured the republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.”

    “It was special for me for a few separate reasons. First, I’m not a politician. I have never sought any public office, but I have spent much of my life in public service. After growing up here in Chesterfield County and graduating from Midlothian High School, I attended The Virginia Military Institute. After graduation, I received my commission as a United States Naval officer. I served first at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and then deployed to the Persian Gulf. My second appointment brought me home to Virginia, where I was on a coastal patrol ship based at Little Creek. From there I deployed to Central and South America, where we conducted counter narcotics operations to try and keep drugs out of the United States.”

    “Following my Naval service, I went to law school at the University of Virginia. After graduation, I moved to Arlington where I clerked for two Federal judges, including associate Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court. I then spent time as an associate White House Council for President George W. Bush.”

    “My wife, Lisa, and I then decided to return home to Central Virginia and raise our growing family here. I began serving as an assistant United States Attorney prosecuting cases from violent crime and drugs, to fraud and public corruption. In 2010, I left public service and joined the law firm of McGuireWoods here in Richmond.”

    “I am happy being in private practice, and Lisa and I are raising our four boys very happily here in Chesterfield County.”

    “So after 43 years without being involved in politics, you may wonder why I jumped into the arena. The answer is simple. I am running for Attorney General because I believe that the citizens of Virginia have the right to govern themselves the way they see fit. When the citizens of Virginia, through their elected representatives, pass laws, they deserve to have those laws defended and enforced by their Attorney General.”

    “But time and time again, our current Attorney General has shown that when he has a different political preference than the laws the people have passed, he is willing to use our Attorney General’s office to pursue his own agenda.”

    “But don’t take my word for it. One of the states largest newspapers has referred to Mark Herring as our ‘sometimes Attorney General.’ That is because he simply picks and chooses what laws he will defend when our Commonwealth is challenged in court.”

    “For example, he recently refused to defend our voter ID law, and the state had to hire a private law firm to defend it, expending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to do so. And the law was upheld in both district and appellate court.”

    “On the Second Amendment, at the urging of groups outside of the Commonwealth, he issued an opinion regarding the reciprocity standards as they relate to Virginia’s concealed carry permit holders. The effect of the opinion was the trigger an obscure provision of state law and to arguably eliminate concealed carry reciprocity. Now look folks, I believe we need to enforce our gun laws to keep them out of the hands of criminals and those are mentally ill. But targeting people who obtained a concealed carry permit, arguably some of the most responsible and law-abiding citizens we have, was done simply to pursue a political agenda. Again, don’t take my word for it. During the next legislative session, even Governor McAuliffe supported overruling Herring’s opinion on the issue and reversed him.”

    “And on an issue fundamental to Virginia’s economic growth, Herring has pursued his own agenda as well. Virginia is a Right to Work state. That is our state law. Employers and businesses rely on what the law says in making decisions to locate or expand into Virginia, among other things. But our Attorney General, Mark Herring, filed a brief in the Supreme Court opposing Right to Work laws in a case that arose in another state and had nothing to do with Virginia.”

    “Finally, the Associated Press recently reported that Herring used funds from an asset forfeiture related to a case against a pharmaceutical company to give pay raises to certain lawyers in his office. I know a lot of lawyers in the Attorney General’s office, and they are hard-working public servants who almost certainly deserve a pay raise. But the dangers of allowing a government agency to use asset forfeiture funds to give raises to employees are well known, which is why regulations exist to prevent exactly this behavior.”

    “These back door pay raises came at a time when other state employees were not getting raises, and our Virginia state troopers were desperately seeking a pay increase to aid them in recruiting new troopers.”

    “When I am your Attorney General, I will restore the office to its proper role as a law firm for the Commonwealth. It will be an office that respects the will of the people, and defends the laws the people pass through their elected representatives. It will be an office that provides fair, consistent, and objective legal advice to all government officials throughout the Commonwealth, regardless of whether they are Democrats or Republicans. It will be an office that stands for true equality in the enforcement of our laws, and a robust defense of the rule of law.”

    “In addition, I will draw on my experience as a federal prosecutor in my relationships throughout federal and state government to tackle our heroin and opioid crisis. This crisis is tearing families apart, and this attorney general will fight to stop the influx of heroin and other drugs. And for those already addicted I will work to improve treatment and rehabilitation options.”

    “With rising violent crime rates in our cities, my office will employ every tool available to combat violent crime, and in particular gang violence. I have prosecuted cases before, and I know how to work with law-enforcement to get the job done efficiently, effectively, and justly.”

    “Ladies and gentlemen I was born and raised here in Virginia. Educated here in Virginia from elementary school through law school. I love the Commonwealth of Virginia with all my heart, and I will work hard every day to defend the sovereignty of the Commonwealth of Virginia, your ability to govern yourself the way you see fit, and to keep our families and communities safe.”

    “It is very humbling to be the nominee of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln and Reagan, the party of freedom, and the party of individual liberty. A party that respects the ability of citizens to govern themselves the way they see fit. I look forward to getting to know all of you across the Commonwealth of Virginia even better in the coming days and weeks. God bless each and everyone of you, and God bless the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

  • Whitbeck: Extraordinary Candidates Certified For GOP Primary

    -Earlier today, RPV Chairman John Whitbeck sent a letter to the Virginia State Board of Elections certifying the following candidates met the legal requirements to appear on the June 13 Republican Primary Ballot.-

    They are (listed in order of office and pre-check qualification):

    Ed Gillespie
    Corey Stewart
    Frank Wagner

    Lt. Governor
    Bryce Reeves
    Glen Davis
    Jill Vogel

    Attorney General
    John Adams

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “This year’s group of Republican candidates is truly extraordinary. From top to bottom, our contenders have the breadth of experience, grassroots support, and commitment to our shared common-sense conservative values to not only win in November, but make our Commonwealth a better place for all Virginians.

    “I look forward to working with all 7 of these candidates as we take back the Executive Branch for the GOP!”

  • Whitbeck: No Trump Nominee Would Be Good Enough for Hypocrite Kaine

    — No jurist nominated by Donald Trump would ever be good enough for Tim Kaine —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Tim Kaine’s announcement of his decision to filibuster Judge Gorsuch’s nomination the U.S. Supreme Court is as unsurprising as it is disappointing. No justice, no matter how well qualified, no matter how mainstream, would ever pass muster with Tim Kaine.”

    “Just a few months ago, Tim Kaine was ready to blow up the filibuster in the Senate to see that Hillary Clinton’s appointments got a vote. But President Trump’s nominees fail a basic test for Tim Kaine- they were nominated by Donald Trump.”

    “I hope that Tim Kaine will recognize his own hypocrisy here and abandon this sour grapes, knee-jerk opposition to this well-qualified future Associate Justice.”


  • Denver Riggleman: $15 Minimum Wage Would Cripple Small Business

    — Republicans must be united to defeat Northam or Perriello in November–

    Denver Riggleman: $15 Minimum Wage Would Cripple Small Business

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi. I’m Denver Riggleman owner of Silverback Distillery, former CEO of a Department of Defense contracting company, and a former candidate for governor of this great Commonwealth.”

    “Thanks for having me today. I’m honored to be asked to do this, but before I even begin I want to thank my campaign volunteers, the Republican Party of Virginia, and especially my staff for their belief in me and all that they did for me. This two and a half month sprint was a lot of fun. I tell you, I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying here to help.”

    “Why would I do that? I would do that because of unity.”

    “I believe right now that unity is the most important thing that we have in defeating the Democrats in this election. No name-calling. No going after each other with the aggression that we should be going after the Democrats with. I think right now we need to realize the importance of this election is about us fighting on the battlefield of ideas, and fighting with ideals. That is why it’s so important.

    “We have Tommy Perriello, we have Ralph Northam- two people that are saying this – two Democratic candidates we had fifteen dollar minimum wage on small business where the effects of that on real small business owners?”

    “I am one. Fifteen dollars an hour is not just $15 an hour. You have insurance, you have overhead, you have fringe costs. Really what you’re talking about a $15 minimum wage is $20 to $25 an hour per person. Now obviously we want to have a living wage for everybody, but destroying small business to try to get an artificially mandated living wage from two Democratic candidates who’ve never run a small business just goes to show you that their pandering for votes.

    “It just goes to show you that bad policy equals a really bad economic environment, as you can see with GDP growth since Terry McAuliffe has been governor. That’s why we have to do this. That’s why we have to have unity, and fight on the battlefield of ideals and ideas, because we have two Democratic candidates over the horizon that are looking at us and they’re going to use our very words against us to fight us. Let’s go with unity. Let’s go with us going in one direction. Let’s make sure that we support whatever primary candidate we have and go to war with them.”

    “Thank you again. I’m Denver Riggleman, and on behalf of Republicans everywhere, thanks for watching and have a great weekend.”


  • RPV Ballot Access Process Reminder

    RPV issued the following statement today regarding ballot access:

    “Any candidate for statewide office who has passed pre-check with RPV and submitted the necessary forms to the State Board of Elections will appear on the June Primary Ballot. The Party instituted the ballot access process months ago and will not be changing their procedures now.

    So far, John Adams, Delegate Glenn Davis, Ed Gillespie, Senator Bryce Reeves, Chairman Corey Stewart, and Senator Frank Wagner have submitted their paperwork and will be qualifying for the primary ballot for their respective races. Any reports claiming manipulation of the process are fake news.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman Condemning Use of Racist Term in Governor’s Race

    RPV Chairman Whitbeck issued the following statement today:

    “The term “cuckservative” is racist and its use is not acceptable in political discourse under any circumstance. I condemn the use of the term unequivocally and without exception.  No Republican should ever use this type of language in a campaign. ”


  • Vogel Campaign Clears RPV Petition Pre-Check

    — Candidate is third Lt. Governor campaign to submit, verify petition signatures —

    The Republican Party of Virginia is pleased to announce that Jill Vogel is the third Republican candidate for Lt. Governor 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 Vogel Campaign passed the pre-check process with significantly more signatures than required to meet the 10,000 statewide and 400 per Congressional District requirements of Virginia law.

    “Every potential member of our 2017 ticket knows the importance of grassroots engagement this year. Grassroots efforts like these are building the infrastructure for GOP wins in November,” said RPV Chairman John Whitbeck. “Senator Vogel’s team and volunteers have done an extraordinary job, and I’m pleased to announce that they’ve met the standards to appear on the 2017 Virginia primary ballot.”

    “I am so grateful to all the volunteers across the commonwealth that sacrificed their time to collect signatures,” said Senator Vogel. “I am floored at all the support and so thankful.”

    All statewide Virginia GOP candidates have been invited to submit their signatures for pre-clearance before the deadline at the end of March. Virginia will hold a primary on June 13, 2017.

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