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…”
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.