New Video from Micah Edmond for Congress

Micah Edmond, running for Congress in the 8th District, has a new video out, linked below. He is running against President Obama’s choice for ambassador to Switzerland, a ripe plum assignment reserved for a close friend of the president.

So to all the voters in the 8th who voted for hope and change in 2008, and then again in 2012, consider some real change by voting for a candidate who is not some rich friend of the president. Edmond is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is an expert in federal issues especially with the federal budget and the federal workforce, which is an important group of voters in the 8th District. Mr. Edmond is the real deal and he is running hard for this seat.

If Democrats in the 8th show up with knowledge of this contest and don’t just ask for a sample ballot to blindly follow then Edmond could carry this seat. The choice is between a humble vet or a rich friend of Obama.


Excited Yet?

Fox News released a poll last week measuring the interest level among the two major political parties for participating in November’s elections. No one is surprised that Democrats are polling considerably less excited about having to vote this fall compared to Republicans. The poll was conducted nationally however here in NoVA those numbers should reflect the same. Just think of how exciting the Democrats in NoVA are this cycle; 8th District has Don Beyer, President Obama’s ambassador to Switzerland. That’s a royal plum assignment reserved for a close ally with deep pockets. Excited about cronyism? The 10th District has John Foust, a habitual tax raiser who was just dumped by the DCCC because his campaign has been awful. Excited about defeat? The 11th has Gerry Connolly, a joke who walked out on a hearing on Benghazi. He doesn’t deserve to keep his job after he refused to do his job with such a dramatic, grandstanding and entirely inappropriate gesture. Excited about irresponsibility? And for the US Senate Mark Warner, a guy who voted with Obama’s agenda 97% of the time. Excited about a rubber stamp for a failing presidency?

Independents should appreciate the diversity found on the Republican ticket. The 8th has an African- American Marine Corp veteran, the 10th has a very successful female state delegate and lawyer, the 11th has a female candidate who is an expert on foreign relations with East Asia and an international civil rights leader, and our Senate candidate is a self-made man and second generation Irish immigrant. Micah Edmond, Barbara Comstock, Suzanne Scholte and Ed Gillespie, respectively, are a set of candidates worthy of carrying enthusiasm into Election Day. It is time to get excited for the GOP’s chances this fall. What do the Democrats have to be excited about?

Fox News poll

On Columbus Day

Columbus Day has always been a joke to me. There were already people on this continent when Columbus got here, so how can anyone find someone’s home and claim to have discovered it? And Scandinavian and Basque fishermen knew about this continent already, so how can something that has been discovered be discovered again? Therefore, the very idea of Columbus Day has been worth a laugh to me. That is until I read the below email from FCRC Chairman Matt Ames, which was sent out to Fairfax Republicans today (editor’s note: I added the photo). His argument is sound and I now believe in recognizing Columbus Day as a little more than just a chance to find a few solid deals at the local retail store.

Fairfax Republicans:

Earlier this month, the Seattle City Council voted to celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” instead of Columbus Day. Berkeley, California, did the same in 1992, as have other “blue” cities since. The rejection of Christopher Columbus is an especially revealing example of the anti-historical agenda of the “progressives” who control the Democratic Party.

Why is Columbus Day a holiday? Well, one reason is the quest for recognition by Italian-Americans. But the really important reason is that Columbus stands for the vision and courage and tenacity of every immigrant to this nation. He was in a sense our first immigrant – the first person to leave the Old World and, albeit by accident, land in the New. Every person who crossed the ocean in a leaky wooden boat (and they all leaked) made the same journey he did. Every person who passed through the Cumberland Gap, or settled the prairie, or took the Oregon Trail was another Columbus. When we honor him, we honor them. And because they built this country, when we honor them, we honor America.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with Indigenous People’s Day. If we want to honor the first inhabitants of this continent, and even acknowledge our mistreatment of them, we can and we should. But by denying Columbus his rightful place, the progressives reveal their true agenda. Their goal is not to enlighten with more accurate history, but to undermine our confidence by attacking our past.

Yes, Columbus was obsessed with glory and wealth. He was wrong about key facts, including the circumference of the Earth. Norsemen, and possibly Basque fishermen, were here before him. Yes, the Spanish conquest of the Americas was brutal, and our own treatment of the Indian nations has been anything but admirable. But none of this justifies rejecting his accomplishments. He had the dream, and he made it real.

Christopher Columbus – whatever his faults – deserves to be remembered with gratitude. So do the millions who came after him. And so does our great nation.

Most sincerely,

Matt Ames
Fairfax County Republican Committee




My Ballot is in the Box

My absentee ballot has been filled out, sealed, stamped and sent in. I usually take this opportunity to let you know who I voted for and offer up the reasons why using juicy red meat for rock-ribbed Republicans. But this time I wanted to highlight something else on the ballot and I wanted to present the why void of partisan leanings.

On the backside of my ballot at the top of the page was a question asking the following;
“Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property of his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?”

I voted yes.

This is not a partisan issue at all. Never mind that the amendment was introduced by a Republican, Delegate David Ramadan of South Riding, because that should not matter, especially to Democrats. This amendment is just a small way to help out the surviving spouse of someone who gave their life for our country. When such a tragedy happens a family is often left with too many difficult questions to answer all at once. One of those questions is how will the bills continue to get paid. This amendment takes care of one bill. Hopefully this will be a significant help. Families of a lost soldier may have to move to a more affordable place, which means kids have to leave their school. Changing schools can be tough. Stability needs to be maintained and this amendment helps a little in that regard.

It is not much, but there really isn’t much that can be done when a family loses a dad or a mom. The amendment question is just a small way to lift a burden that falls on the survivors of a tragic loss. I’m confident voters will see this as an easy yes to a very difficult situation and it will pass by a great margin. I encourage everyone to join me in voting yes.

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Identity Politics Game

The Democrats love to play identity politics. But yesterday at the Second Annual Minority Chambers Candidate Forum in Annandale the Ds’ uninformed onlookers were scratching their heads in confusion. The mainstream media doesn’t like to point out that the Ds in NoVA have nominated a slate of only rich old white men while the Republicans have chosen a diverse set of candidates. Pictured below are the Republican candidates in the top half and the Democratic candidates in the bottom half.

The Ds have been quiet this year on diversity and the media has allowed this. When one of the rich old white men said that his female opponent has never held “a real job” there was noticeably no uproar from any Democrat including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and one of NoVA’s state senators Jennifer Wexton. Clearly the demographic make-up of a candidate is just a prop to the Ds, usable when it can be used and not an issue when it can’t be used. This year their choice of all rich old white men is not an issue. When Republicans nominate a similar slate we are called racists who don’t respect women and the proof is in our candidates’ white skin and comb overs. But that can’t be said this time around. Of course it should never be said in the first place but the Ds do it all the time. This time they are not reaching those conclusions.

So don’t let the demographics of a candidate dictate your vote. Vote on the issues, the priorities of the candidates and the direction they want to move in. Too bad the Ds haven’t been saying that before, but they’ll say anything to distract from their tax-raising-Obama-rubber-stamping-partisan-hacks.

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10th District Debate

Yesterday the two candidates running to replace retiring Rep. Frank Wolf debated in Loudoun County. The debate produced another stellar performance from Delegate Barbara Comstock while her opponent, Supervisor John Foust, once again struggled to demonstrate that he has the wherewithal to handle the job of being an elected representative at the federal level.

After opening statements and several questions the line of the day was offered up by Delegate Comstock. Responding to a question on regulating business Delegate Comstock spoke of how attractive Virginia is to businesses because we are “a low regulation, Right to Work, low tax state and we need to be a low regulation, low tax, Right to Work country if we are going to compete internationally.”

And there it is right there. That one line contrasts so much between the two candidates. Delegate Comstock believes in freeing businesses from burdensome regulations that are stopping them from hiring new workers, she believes in lower taxes to allow business and individuals to keep more capital that can then be invested in growing that business, and she believes in open competitive bidding free of costly union control thus saving us a tremendous amount of money. Contrast that with Supervisor Foust who feels government needs to be more active in its regulation of business, he has consistently voted for tax increases as a county supervisor and opposes open competitive bidding for government contracts to appease his union donor base.

One more time; Delegate Comstock said Virginia has been doing so well at attracting new businesses because we are “a low regulation, Right to Work, low tax state and we need to be a low regulation, low tax, Right to Work country if we are going to compete internationally.” As more and more businesses flee our country for greener pastures, now is not the time to elect a union puppet like Supervisor Foust who cares more about creating new taxes than creating new jobs. The 10th District has a diverse group of businesses ranging from new technology companies to older agricultural businesses. The district needs someone who will help all their industries grow. That will happen with less regulation, lower taxes and defending our Right to Work laws. Delegate Comstock is clearly the only candidate in this race who will carry those priorities into office and help us compete internationally.

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Get Ready to Lose the Absentee Ballot Battle Again

This year my work responsibilities have made me eligible to vote absentee by mail. I received my ballot from the County of Fairfax Office of Elections on Monday. They spelled my name right and everything. And to my surprise the absentee ballot was delivered with another piece of mail. Fairfax County Democratic Committee sent me a letter outlining how to fill out my ballot along with some information on a guy named Warner and a joke named Connolly.

This is noteworthy for two reasons. One, the organization is impressive. The Ds and the county electoral board are independent of one another, yet these two pieces of mail arrived on the same day. As I opened the absentee ballot I have a helper in the Ds’ instructions on how to properly fill it out and submit it. Sure the absentee ballot itself includes instructions but an additional piece like what the Ds have is another way to reinforce the effort to get the ballot back and counted. How the two arrived together is either an example of outstanding organization, which is how I see it, or a case of illegal sharing of info, which I doubt is the case. My absentee ballot request is public knowledge that can later be pulled, I’m just amazed that the Ds knew right away and sent me info so fast like this.

The second element here that is noteworthy is that the Ds sent their info to me, a hard R. Voting records will show that I have voted in seven out of the last eight primaries/nominating conventions for the Republican Party. I have never voted in a Democratic primary, not even once. So why target someone who should be expected to hold the party line and stay voting for Rs in the General Election? Just because I asked for an absentee ballot is enough for the Ds to spend resources on me? Really? I’m not sure that is a wise use of resources. I suppose the thinking behind targeting me, and since I got one I assume every accepted absentee ballot applicant is being targeted, is because I have already made an effort to vote, so just like someone standing outside the polls, here is a sample ballot. I’m going to turn it in so why not hit me one more time with a here is our case type piece. I absolutely detest that clown Connolly so there is absolutely no chance I’ll even consider throwing him a vote, but my voting record alone is really no evidence of that. Amongst a spreadsheet I am just another voter worth engaging.

This is interesting and unfortunately more impressive than what the Rs are going. I hope a similar piece from either RPV or the FCRC will be here soon. If it arrives it will still be after the Ds hit me. We need to see this kind of organization on the Republican side. As an easily identified hard R, I should be receiving material encouraging me to fill out my absentee ballot for the Republican ticket and get it in on time. And we wonder why the Ds always kill us on absentees.


STANDing for Religious Freedom

Last night I received an email from E.W. Jackson, president of STAND and former Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. The email asked me to sign the following petition, which I did.


“We the undersigned, as citizens of the United States, hereby demand that Congress and the President pass legislation recognizing that under the First Amendment of the Constitution it unlawful to fire persons from their jobs, fine them in their businesses, restrict them from contracting with agencies of government, discipline them in their schools, or punish them in the military for peaceably expressing faith in Jesus Christ, the Biblical definition of marriage, the sacredness of life or any other article of faith; nor may the peaceful expression of religious viewpoints be a cause for civil or criminal liability or prosecution as hate speech, bigotry or discrimination.”

Religious freedom in our country has been a hit piece for Democrats lately. Instead of believing in the Constitution’s clearly written right of freedom of religion, found in the First Amendment, we have too many radical liberals pushing the idea that we are required to have freedom from religion and therefore all mentions of religion must be deleted from society.

The left uses religion as their crutch to prop themselves up with the feeling of intellectual superiority while they see those who have faith in God as ignorant fools. Somehow political correctness gets worked in here. The God haters spin their hate by claiming to be offended whenever and wherever a pronouncement of faith is made. Sally Sensitive and all her friends complain about everything from our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance to RG3’s t-shirt. Strict political correctness would prescribe an allegiance to the law of the land, which we call the U.S. Constitution. Yet somehow exercising the freedom to engage in the religious faith of one’s choice is an affront to the civil rights of those who wish to abolish religion forever.

Another founding principle of our country is there is no religious test to hold office. Article VI lays this out without any ambiguity, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This has been forgotten. John Kennedy famously felt the need to tell us that the Pope wouldn’t be calling the shots, Mitt Romney felt the need to clear up the separation between the church he attends and the offices he has sought, and last year I saw E.W. Jackson attacked for being a Christian who believes in the same Christian principles that our Founders believed in when they were crafting our enduring Constitution. It is unfortunate that the principle of religious tolerance, which is clearly written in the Constitution, has been pushed away by intolerance falsely labeled as political correctness.

For me, I carry the love of the Lord with me each day. I know I am a sinner in His sight. I try to be a good Christian steward, which directly translates into being a good citizen, but I fail, try again, fail, try some more, and hopefully get things right. The glory of God is evident in that I know when I ask Him for forgiveness He reaches His hand to me with unconditional acceptance. Why this offends so many liberals is truly sad.


Historic Leadership? From this Guy?

I have terrible hearing. It’s a long story. So when I hear President Obama describe a plan, while using the word “I” over and over, and then at the end of his description say “this is American leadership at its best,” I don’t flip out because I know I can’t hear. But this time my hearing didn’t fail me. He actually said, about his own leadership, “this is American leadership at its best.” I think I’m losing my mind.

The man gave us “you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” He recently said “we don’t have a strategy yet.” But tonight he wanted more. Tonight he celebrated his arrogance and his ignorance to a height I never thought possible. Full of himself to a dangerous level Obama has now given the world his most embarrassing comment yet. In between rounds of golf the president let us know that he, by his own evaluation, is exercising “American leadership at its best.” If only a fourth grade history teacher was one of his advisors then maybe we wouldn’t have been treated to this remarkable gaffe. I’m left truly saddened by the president’s remarks tonight.

“This is American leadership at its best.” No Mr. President it is not. Stop complimenting yourself in front of the world. Stop being such a pompous ass. Just stop it. I truly can’t believe my ears.

Barack Obama

11th District Race Worth Watching

The 11th Congressional District of Virginia, which includes all of the City of Fairfax, most of Fairfax County and parts of Prince William County, has been rigged as a solid district for the Democrats. Republicans came real close in 2010 when we lost by around 900 votes. Since then redistricting has made the district more favorable to the Democrat incumbent, Gerry Connolly. Any typical Republican will have a very difficult time running in this part of Northern Virginia. But Republican nominee Suzanne Scholte is not your typical Republican.

Mrs. Scholte is an expert on foreign policy having spent decades working to bring more individual freedom to East Asia. She has won numerous awards for her efforts such as the Seoul Peace Prize in 2008, the Walter Judd Freedom Award in 2010, the Sungnye Diplomatic Service Medal in 2013, and this year she added the Sanders Peace and Social Justice Award to her list of achievements.

Her reach to demographics outside the typical Republican sphere goes beyond East Asia. Next week a group called North Africans for Suzanne Scholte will host an event called A Night in the Sahara. This is a great example of her campaign reaching out to a group not often specifically engaged by Republicans in the past.

This all adds a very important characteristic to this race; Mrs. Scholte can bring to the polls a diverse group of voters that typically do not vote, or when they do they don’t usually vote for Republicans. She really could engage a lot of potential voters who are, right now, sitting off the political radar. Making moves like a Night in the Sahara will bring voters to the polls who sit off the lists of polling firms and political consultants thus making her a sleeper candidate who could really make some noise on Election Day.

Sunday afternoon I received a call from the Scholte campaign inviting me to attend Monday night’s town hall meeting in Springfield. The town hall, held last night with a sizeable crowd, focused its discussion on healthcare. The call Sunday was a recording of Mrs. Scholte and it was short, to the point, included a shot at her opponent by linking him to President Obama, and also included the standard contact info for people to follow up with. The robo-call was a great use of campaign funds and the town hall meeting was a great use of campaign time. Mrs. Scholte is really showing us she is in it to win it.

We certainly hope this is case because Mrs. Scholte’s opponentconnolly in vienna is a partisan hack. Rep. Connolly, pictured here wearing a shirt that is as obnoxious as he is, showed us that he is unfit for the responsibilities at hand when he walked out of one of the hearings on the Benghazi terrorist attack. And he showed us that he doesn’t take his job seriously when during a hearing on the IRS targeting conservative groups he asked a witness “are you a witch?” When he walked out on Benghazi he walked on the American people and when he asked a witness if she was a witch he tarnished Congress’ oversight authority, he needs to be removed from office.

Too many voters blindly vote based on the sample ballot they receive moments before casting their vote. Here in Northern Virginia all those Democrats who will show up on Election Day need to know that Rep. Connolly is unfit to serve and needs to be replaced. Suzanne Scholte is a credible alternative who will represent the 11th District with the dignity and respect that is expected of a congressional representative. She can win. She has my vote.

Scholte for Congress

Another Big Endorsement in the 10th

Another major endorsement has been announced in the race to replace retiring Congressman Frank Wolf.

Today in the Washington Post Democrat John Foust publicly picked up the support of Rep. Nancy Pelosi who is quoted detailing what her targeted races are for this upcoming election. Among those races is Foust’s campaign. With Rep. Pelosi’s support from the national Democrats the Foust campaign will be able to have plenty of cash on hand to paint Republican nominee Barbara Comstock as part of the war on women, which doesn’t really add up, but that’s the Democrats’ mantra.

Foust’s website does not specifically list Rep. Pelosi as an endorser, which is just a poor attempt at distancing Foust from the hyper-partisan liberals who are calling the shots behind the scenes. Foust will follow right behind the footsteps of President Obama and Rep. Pelosi and that will be a hard sell for Foust to spin to 10th District voters. Foust’s website lists the endorsement of only one federal elected official, Rep. Jim Moran, who recently criticized Israel for making a big deal over being constantly hit by rockets that are “fairly feckless.” It is unclear how anyone could think that having the public support of Rep. Pelosi and Rep. Moran is going to help win an election in Virginia’s 10th District.

Delegate Comstock, on the other hand, has continued to pick up endorsements from across the GOP spectrum, which shows her wide ranging support that will unite our party’s different groups. This latest note of public support of Foust from the polarizing Rep. Pelosi is really an endorsement that will ultimately help Del. Comstock who will be a much better fit for a diverse district that gave Rep. Wolf a lot of support over the years.


Dave Foster for Delegate

The Republican Party’s 48th Legislative District Committee nominated Dave Foster yesterday to run for Delegate. On the same day the Democrats nominated Richard Sullivan as their candidate. Lately, the 48th District has been very hard for Republicans to compete in. That could very well change with the nomination of Foster, who brings a lot to the table.

Foster is a former Arlington School Board Chairman so he has proved he can win as a Republican in solid blue Arlington. He also is a former president of the Arlington County Civic Federation giving him deep ties to his community. Foster ran for Attorney General in 2009 giving him a statewide reach and he served as president of Virginia Board of Education giving him experience in working through Richmond’s red tape. He currently works as a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski. All of this makes Foster a very impressive candidate and one that the Democrats should be nervous about.

Foster released a statement on Sunday saying he will “continue his work to strengthen public schools, including protecting cost-of-living adjustments to state funding for Northern Virginia schools and increased local control over public school calendars and budgets.” On the controversial trolley car for Arlington, Foster called it “impractical and unaffordable” but believes the people should decide this and therefore if elected will introduce legislation for a public referendum on this topic. In his statement he said “roads and Metro, schools, and tax relief are far more important to Northern Virginians than a half-billion dollar trolley,” and he is right. Arlington and Fairfax Republican Committee chairmen put out a joint statement yesterday with both of them saying they are “proud” to have Foster carrying our party’s banner.

Foster’s opponent is just your typical hyper-partisan liberal. In Sullivan’s statement, released after securing the nomination, he claims Republicans “continue [to] impose limits on women’s reproductive health.” On his website he says a woman’s “reproductive health should be left between her and her doctor, and government has no business interfering in such a private matter,” but doesn’t explain why the government should impose a mandate for others to pay for contraception. So expect the typical war on women nonsense that is only meant to frighten and divide. He also believes that Virginia has great natural resources for energy, but he doesn’t mean coal, he means wind. He opposes widening I-66 and “strongly” supports Medicaid expansion. He is a classic hyper-partisan liberal who is out of touch with the average voter.

Special Elections are all about turnout. Whichever side will be able to mobilize their voters and let them know that this election will be on Tuesday August 19th will be the victor. One thing that should help Foster in his campaign is that the Democrats are coming off a firehouse primary where only about 900 people voted for Sullivan as their first choice. The Ds had a system of ranking the candidates in this firehouse primary that saw a ballot of seven names. It took five rounds of drop-offs before Sullivan was able to capture the necessary majority needed to win. So with the Democrats showing an underwhelming amount of support for their candidate from a field that divided their base up by so much and with the Republicans already united behind our choice the chances that Foster could be successfully are much higher today than they were when Bob Brink resigned from this seat.

Dave Foster is a seasoned candidate with an impressive résumé. He could actually win this seat. There are six weeks between now and the election, no time to waste, so let’s get up and get mobilized. Dave Foster for Delegate!

Foster for Delegate

No Republican Candidate in the 48th

UPDATE: We do have a candidate. On Sunday July 6th Dave Foster of Arlington became the Republican nominee for this seat giving the GOP a good chance at capturing the 48th. More info here.

Tonight at 7pm the filing period closed for any Republican who wished to be a candidate in the 48th Legislative District with no Republican filing. The district includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties.

The seat is open thanks to the resignation of Democrat Bob Brink. The district is solid blue. In 2013 Ken Cuccinelli grabbed only 28% and Mark Obenshain captured 31% in their respective runs for Governor and Attorney General. Republicans did not field a challenger to Brink in 2013. Since Brink was elected in 1997 the best a Republican candidate for this seat has done was 39% by Steve Sass in 2003.

The Democrats have scheduled a firehouse primary for July 6th and have seven candidates filed. The 6th is a Sunday, which is very unusual for elections, and it is also the Sunday after the July 4th holiday, so expect super low turnout. With no Republican the winner of Sunday’s firehouse primary will be the next Delegate from the 48th.

The GOP is probably better served by punting on this solid Democrat district. The special election is scheduled for August 19th and fielding a candidate will only draw resources away from our Senate and Congressional nominees during the time they need to be revving up their efforts.

Republicans have scheduled a party canvass for Saturday July 5th, but without a candidate that will be canceled. The Republican Party’s 48th Legislative District Committee can still field a candidate and has until July 7th to do so, but it is unclear if anyone will step up at this late hour to run in a district where they have little to no chance of success.



This post was updated by the author on Sunday July 6th at 6pm.

When Can We Impeach AG Herring?

Now that we have a budget and the state Senate has been reorganized, we can turn our attention to other housekeeping matters such as the impeachment of Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring.

We remember in January one of his first moves in his new position was to ignore his role as the defender of Virginia’s Constitution. Instead of arguing in support of a popularly passed amendment, Herring chose to not defend it, a move that is rarely seen but not entirely out of the ordinary. If only he had stopped there.

But no, Herring had to go even further and support the case against this amendment purely because he didn’t like the politics of it. His choice had nothing to do with procedural legality and had everything to do with political gamesmanship. King Herring decreed that he did not believe the properly filed, fully debated, thoroughly vetted and popularly passed amendment was a good law so he stood in suit against it, which is a prerogative he does not have as Attorney General. This is unacceptable. Any fifth grader will tell you about separation of powers and about how the branches of government need to operate with respect for one another under the law. His majesty in the AG’s office does not get to unilaterally make a call like this and therefore he needs to be removed from office.

So far, the call to remove Herring has not been front and center, reflecting careful deliberation by those who would support such a move. Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William has now presented resolutions to impeach Herring on the grounds that he has violated is oath of office by not defending the commonwealth and by standing in suit against a law he is obligated to defend. But Marshall’s efforts have not really gotten off the ground.

In the meantime we have to deal with an Attorney General who will not do the job his tax payer supported salary is paying him to do.

Let’s pause for a minute to talk about the amendment in question here. I haven’t mentioned it by name or given a description of it because it does not matter what the amendment says, it is the law. Once again this amendment was properly filed, fully debated, thoroughly vetted and popularly passed by the people of Virginia through a ballot initiative. It is the law and the law is the law. Herring didn’t like it, so he voted against it at the right time to vote against. When the tallies came in the will of Virginia’s people was not the same as Herring’s position and as Attorney General he is obligated to respect and defend the choice Virginia made. If the amendment is unconstitutional then the courts will decided that, not the Attorney General’s office.

The challenge to the constitutionality of the aforementioned amendment is still working its way through the appeal process of the court system, without Virginia offering adequate defense in the form of legal representation. So Virginia has to take extra steps in order to get business as usually done. Earlier this month Delegate Mark Cole of Fredericksburg introduced House Resolution 541 which calls for “the Speaker of the House [to] be authorized to employ legal counsel to represent the House of Delegates in [the] pending litigation.” This needs to be done because as HR541 states, “the people of Virginia and the House of Delegates have been deprived of representation” in this case. Herring is forcing the General Assembly to spend money to hire legal counsel to do Herring’s job for him. Herring is also forcing the General Assembly to take time out their legislative schedule to make this happen. He is wasting our money and our time.

Let’s not forget that Attorney General Mark Herring has violated his oath of office. The law allows for his removal. The necessary steps are being taken. It is time for a new Attorney General, one who will respect the office and laws he is constitutionally obligated to defend.

herring_taking_oath_of_officeCross-posted to The Bull Elephant