Virginia Rep. Thomas Garrett condemns white supremacists

Virginia Rep. Thomas Garrett on Saturday expressed dismay, shock, and anger at the racial violence tearing apart his city of Charlottesville, and condemned the driver of a car that plowed into a crowd of protesters, killing one person.

“Doctor [Martin Luther King] longed for a society where we judge people on the content of their character, not the color of their skin,” the Republican lawmaker told Fox News, while condemning the white supremacists and neo Nazis who flooded into his town this weekend. “These clowns didn’t get the memo.”

“These people are not from here,” he also said. “They’re from all over the country. It blows my mind that this many racist bigots actually exist in this country…how can you argue with all men are created equal, how can you argue with judging a person by their character content and not the color of their skin? What is wrong with these people? I can’t figure it out.”

And the supremacists, said Garrett, do not reflect “who we are as Americans.”

Garrett, speaking before and after President Donald Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville incidents, said that he does believe the car attack is an “act of political terrorism, no different than the shooting at the baseball diamond.”

The white nationalists in Charlottesville, he also said, do not represent what America is supposed to be.

“I respect their right to speak,” said Garrett. “They don’t have any right to perpetrate violence on other fellow citizens. There’s no defending that.”

Before Trump spoke, Garrett said he does not know where the large numbers of white supremacists who showed up in his city came from.

“I do think we have tried to ignore the clowns,” said Garrett, noting he agrees with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who tweeted Saturday that the “haters” are “agitators in search of relevance and publicity for a vile cause very few people support,” and that they could not be ignored, but it is also important not to “give them relevance they crave.”

The white nationalists are a tiny fraction of a minority and they feed on attention,  said Garrett. “It can’t be ignored, in the city were Thomas Jefferson lived when he drafted the Declaration of Independence and observed all people are created equal.”

One person has been killed as a result of the violent clashes, and Garrett said that the victims of the car that crashed into a crowd are victims of “racist violence” and are his constituents.

Garrett said he considers Charlottesville to be the “best congressional district in the nation,” whose first congressman was the person who drafted the Constitution, James Madison.

“Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence lived in this district,” said Garrett.” Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall retired in this district. [Ulysses S.] Grant ended the Civil War in this district, and the young girl, a 16-year-old named Barbara Johnson walked out of a racist school system to start this civil rights movement in the fifth district.”

President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush issue joint statement denouncing bigotry

“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.”

Come volunteer this weekend August 18th – 20th

Sign up to help Ed Gillespie and the GOP Ticket on the first weekend of the school year! The Virginia GOP had an INCREDIBLE turn out last Saturday, and we’re looking to do even better this weekend. Every hour is going to make a huge difference in this election, so sign up to help out on the link below. More info can be found on the flyer posted. You can contact me at (434) 222-4861 or scrowell@rpv.org if you have any questions!!
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Robert Tracci, Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney on Charlottesville events Saturday, August 12

Robert Tracci, Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney

Today’s violence and hatred have no place in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Virginia, or our country.

Our prayers should be with today’s victims and their families. A 32-year-old woman run down by a driver who has been charged with murder, and the brave souls aboard the Virginia State Police helicopter lost this afternoon — Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Virginia.

There is no place for racial supremacy in a pluralistic America. We must rededicate ourselves to the values and ideals that unify rather than divide us. Faith and justice, liberty and equality, respect for the law and for each other, and recognition that our identity as Americans transcends race and gender, ethnicity and political division, religion or national origin.

We must commit ourselves to seeking and realizing the more perfect Union envisioned by our Founders.

I urge ALL citizens of good will to extend clear and unequivocal appreciation to our law enforcement personnel and first responders whose courage and sacrifice averted greater loss and tragedy: the men and women of the Virginia State Police, Charlottesville Police Department , University of Virginia Police Department, Albemarle County Police Department, Charlottesville and Albemarle Sheriff’s Offices, Virginia National Guard, Fire Departments, federal partners, Charlottesville – Albemarle Rescue Squad, UVA Health System, and many others.

We are grateful.

Robert N. Tracci
Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney

2017 Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie today released the following statement on the events in Charlottesville:

“Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right. It is painful to see these ugly events in Charlottesville last night and today. These displays have no place in our Commonwealth, and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day. I know we all appreciate the law enforcement officials maintaining order and protecting public safety there.”

Republican Party of Virginia at the Albemarle County Fair: August 3, 4, & 5

The Republican Party of Virginia and the GOP ticket will be sponsoring a booth at the Albemarle County Fair so be sure to stop by! We will have campaign materials for all three statewide candidates (Gillespie, Vogel, Adams) as well as local candidates such as Rob Bell, Steve Landes, and John Lowry.  If you are interested in helping us staff this tent through the weekend, from Thursday 4pm-9pm and Friday/Saturday from 10am-9pm, we would love you help! You can contact Sophie Crowell at (434) 222-4861 or scrowell@rpv.org for more information.
In addition, we have a team of volunteers that will be door-knocking on Saturday morning from the ACRC office (2132 Berkmar Dr). If you have a couple hours, we NEED your help! Please contact Sophie about this as well. (434) 222-4861 or scrowell@rpv.org

Democrats search for their message: In Virginia’s 10th District where the median income of $110,000 is the highest in the nation

According to the Almanac of American Politics, the median income of more than $110,000 in Virginia’s 10th district is the highest in the nation.

So today, that is where Democrats chose to go and campaign for the middle class.  Including McLean’s leafy suburbs and the horse farms further west, this district is among the most popular places to spend money earned in the swamp.  By tradition it skews Republican because Democrats tend to favor more close-in suburbs or living in Washington itself.

Democrats campaigned heavily in Barbara Comstock’s district and others like it last year with hopes that a Trump backlash would deliver them the Senate majority and a double digit gain in the House. They came up nearly empty-handed as Trump prevailed: Republicans held onto both the Senate and the House, with Democrats only picking up six seats in the lower chamber.

Democrats have since drifted even further left; one can only hope they stay on their losers path.  In a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Schumer went further than either he or Pelosi have ever gone toward endorsing government-run health insurance ― i.e., a single-payer system.

 

Upcoming Events

July 25, Tuesday, 7pm – AFP will host a policy town hall (legislators to be announced).  For more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afp-path-to-prosperity-charlottesville-tickets-35141595458?aff=erellivmlt

August 9, Wednesday, 1:30pm – Lieutenant Governor Candidates Forum hosted by the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.  Please come out and support our candidate, Jill Vogel, at the Dickinson Auditorium of PVCC.

August 12, Saturday, 8:30am – ACRC Monthly Breakfast.  Details to come.

September 13, Wednesday, tbd – House of Delegates Candidate Forum hosted by the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.  Please come out and support our candidates, Rob Bell and Steve Landes.  Details to come.

Gillespie’s Plan To Tackle Addiction

In recent days, our statewide ticket has offered a unified message regarding mental health and addiction in the Commonwealth.  The current crisis impacts families across Virginia regardless of socioeconomic status.  Candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie released a plan focused on five key principles:

  • Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing;
  • A focus on intervention;
  • We cannot arrest our way out of the epidemic of addiction;
  • There are multiple pathways to recover; and
  • Help must be immediate.

Please take a moment to read the full plan and share it with your family, friends, and neighbors: https://edforvirginia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/mental-health-addiction-recovery-agenda.pdf.