You are needed Tomorrow: Don’t let Rob Bell and Steve Landes be outnumbered!

On Wednesday, September 13, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., the Senior Statesmen of Virginia will host a candidate forum.
♦ From 1:30 – 2:30, the forum will feature Delegate Steve Landes and his Democratic challenger, Angela Lynn.
♦ From 2:30 – 3:30 Rob Bell will take the stage with his Democratic challenger, Kellen Squire.

The forum will feature questions from the audience through a moderator.  It is always helpful to see friendly faces – they’ve been decisively outnumbered in recent years, so I hope you can come!

LOCATION: The Senior Center
1180 Pepsi Place
Charlottesville VA, 22901


Terry Cooper: Senior Statesmen of America (“SSV”)

September 9, 2017

ACRC Members:

As many of you know, I’m on the board of directors of the Senior Statesmen of America (“SSV”).  At this morning’s monthly ACRC meeting I heard from several of you, including Del. Rob Bell, that the attendance at SSV programs is overwhelmingly liberal Democrats.

I have heard that often, and I’ve tried to help rectify the situation.  For example, I send ACRC copies of all our monthly meeting notices and ACRC graciously posts them on its Web site so that ACRC members can be alerted in advance to upcoming events.  Some of you can attest to how I’ve made personal appeals to you to attend our programs and join us so we can bring our program attendance to a better balance.  And I have told the SSV board that SSV audiences have a reputation for being so biased that some Republican candidates have refused to appear before them.  (That was news to them.)

Here’s another opportunity:  At our December 13 meeting we’ll be electing or re-electing three or more people to SSV’s board of directors.  At this point in time I don’t know how many vacancies there will be because we haven’t polled the existing board members to see how many want to continue.

I am by this letter soliciting ACRC members who would be interested in serving on the SSV board to join SSV (that’s a condition of serving on the board) and advise me that you’d like to serve.

The SSV board sets policy, makes operational decisions like where to hold our meetings and, probably most important, chooses the topics and speakers for our programs.

At the present time I am badly outnumbered.  I am the only activist Republican on the ten-member board.  Also on the board are Madison Cummings, former Democratic candidate for the Board of Supervisors; Bonnie Brewer, mother of former County Democratic Committee chair Richard Brewer; and Linda Perriello, mother of Tom.  I regard all of them as friends and find them all easy to work with, but you can see that I’m indeed outnumbered.  I believe that simply having more known Republicans on the board would help negate SSV’s reputation as a liberal Democratic bastion.

Lester L. (Terry) Cooper
1111 Timber Trail Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
(434) 202-8065   *


Democrats and ‘Dogma’

9/8/2017   ‘Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that — you know, dogma and law are two different things. And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country.”

Thus did California Sen. Dianne Feinstein pronounce on Wednesday that, by virtue of being a faithful Catholic, Amy Barrett, a respected law professor at Notre Dame, may have excluded herself from a federal judgeship. President Trump has nominated Ms. Barrett for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. But the Democratic obsession with Ms. Barrett’s religion transformed what should have been a routine Senate confirmation hearing into a tour of the mind of the modern secular left.

The ugly implication of Mrs. Feinstein’s words is underscored by the context. She deployed them to suggest Ms. Barrett’s faith would lead her to substitute her personal beliefs for the law, basing the accusation primarily on a law review article Ms. Barrett wrote in 1998 as a law clerk.

Ms. Barrett and her co-author explicitly reached the opposite conclusion: “Judges cannot — nor should they try to — align our legal system with the Church’s moral teaching whenever the two diverge.”

The question addressed by the law review article was what Catholic judges ought to do when they conclude they cannot in good conscience apply the law as written because it clashes with their own moral views. If she was rattled by the question, Sen. Feinstein ought to have been reassured by the answer Ms. Barrett gave: They should recuse themselves.

David Rivkin, a constitutional litigator, says “the tenor of questions by Democrat Senators seemed designed more to challenge the ideas of Catholic orthodoxy — a subject more fitting for a theological debate than a Senate hearing.”

Proving Mr. Rivkin’s point. Sen. Dick Durbin jumped in to demand of Ms. Barrett: “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Does Mr. Durbin understand that he sounds like the Southern Baptist ministers in 1960 who thought Jack Kennedy shouldn’t be President because he’d take orders from the pope?

This questioning is part of a broader effort on the left to disqualify people with strong religious views from the public square. Ms. Feinstein’s smear about Ms. Barrett’s “dogma” dovetails with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center‘s effort to label any outfit that doesn’t go along with its agenda a “hate group.”

Sen. Al Franken, the great legal philosopher, wrapped it all up nicely by accusing Ms. Barrett of having appeared before a “hate” group. He was referring to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious liberty outfit that the Southern Poverty Law Center designated a hate group because it adheres to traditional views about human sexuality and marriage.

As for judges imposing dogma over the law, it’s worth noting that not all dogmas are religious. Democratic interest groups are explicit in demanding that Democratic judicial nominees be committed to overturning Citizens United‘s defense of free speech while brooking no modification in Roe v. Wade.

Let’s hope the Senate rejects the bigotry that marred Wednesday’s hearing and approves the eminently qualified Ms. Barrett for the Seventh Circuit. The federal bench could use more judges who understand their civic duty as well as Ms. Barrett does.

Upcoming Events

Sat., Sept. 9, Noon – Delegate Nick Freitas is hosting his annual Taking the Bull by the Horns family picnic and fundraiser at Belmont Farm Distillery in Culpeper.  For more information, contact Tyler Adams at 804.402.0085 or

Wed. Sept. 13, 1:30pm – Candidate Forum for House of Delegates sponsored by the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.  Come show your support for our local Republican Delegates–Rob Bell and Steve Landes.  Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place.  For more information:

Sat., Sept. 23, 1pm – Join ACRWL for their annual picnic with event support provided by ACRC.  Rob Schilling and Joe Thomas are the featured speakers.  Invited guests include candidates and elected officials.  Catered by Mission BBQ.  $15 per adult (kids under 10 free).  For full details and to RSVP (required by Sept. 21):

Wed., Oct. 11 – The Senior Statesment will sponsor a local candidate forum.  Come out and support John Lowry, our candidate for Supervisor.  Details to come.

December 8 and 9 – Make your plans now to join more than 600 fellow Republicans at the annual RPV Advance.  This year it will be at the Homestead Resort.  For information:


Ed Gillespie recently joined Congressman Tom Garrett for a barbecue Roslyn Farm in Albemarle County to meet dozens of local supporters and to spread his message for the Commonwealth.
Gillespie outlined critical contrasts between his vision and that of his opponent.  Did you know that Ralph Northam cast the tie-breaking vote against banning sanctuary cities in Virginia?  The choice in clear in November–let’s do all we can to elect Ed Gillespie.


With only 63 days until Election Day, our headquarters is buzzing with activity.  Come out and support our candidates every Thursday evening (5pm-8pm) until Election Day by calling voters across the Commonwealth to spread the word about our candidates.

If you have an iPhone, Android, or laptop, please bring it with you.  For questions or more information, contact our Regional Field Director, Sophie Crowell, at  or 434.260.3696.


Saturday, September 9th, 8:30am
ACRC Headquarters – 2132 Berkmar Drive
$5 per person – coffee and breakfast pastriesJoin us for a timely update from and discussion with:
Robert Tracci
Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney
Our headquarters offers a family-friendly environment to mix and mingle with fellow conservatives.  Coffee and pastries will begin at 8:30am for only $5 per person, to be followed by presentations at 9am.

ACRWL: Red White & Blue Picnic: Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Election Season Kick-Off

Join us for Bar-B-Que – 1:00pm
Invited Guests: Election Candidates and Local Officials
Featured Speakers: Rob Schilling and Joe Thomas
LOCATION: Thompson-Hall FOP Lodge #5 – Outside (Indoors if raining.)
974 Michie Tavern Lane; Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(Across the road from Michie Tavern.)
COST: $15.00 / Children under 10 eat FREE Serving MISSION BBQ !
RSVP: You must make a reservation and pay in advance! Pay with a credit card at the website, (See Pay Pal, lower right corner.)

Or mail a check payable to “ACRWL” P.O. Box 5727; Charlottesville, VA 22905.
RSVP PAYMENT: Must be received by Thursday, September 21, 2017.
Invite your friends and family for patriotic fun!
Raffle Tickets will be sold. Games for the kids. Lots of fun!
Private Event of The Albemarle/C’ville Republican Womens’ League
Event Support Provided by the Albemarle County Republican Committee