Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chairman Mullins: Apparent Voter Fraud in Fairfax Demands a Full Investigation

RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

"The discovery this week that 17 people in Fairfax County apparently voted twice in the last Presidential election is disturbing. Time and time again we hear that voter fraud is myth, and naysayers argue that those who express concerns about the integrity of our elections have only the worst of intentions. Yet once again we find that voter fraud is real."

"Even one instance of fraud is too many. I call on the Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney's office and Attorney General Mark Herring to investigate these 17 cases, and if multiple votes were cast in the same election, to prosecute the offenders to the fullest extent of the law."

"Just weeks ago, Democrats asked for an investigation into alleged fraud in a party nomination contest. Voter fraud is a bipartisan concern. The integrity of our elections is too important to allow even one case of fraud to go undiscovered -- or unpunished."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chap Petersen Comments on the Perry Indictment

The following post is from state senator Chap Petersen. Chap represents the 34th senate district:

"Strange Doings in Austin (Prosecutors Gone Wild!)

As the Bob McDonnell trial reaches its shambolic denouement, it’s interesting to note a newly hatched parallel proceeding in Austin, Texas, where current Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) has been indicted by a Travis County jury for “abuse of office.”

In an earlier life, I spent a fair amount of time in Texas. If Fairfax County is a small state, then Texas is basically a medium-sized country. It has regions which are very different culturally and politically — and Austin (Travis County) is the most different of all. It’s as if someone took Arlington County, Virginia, and air-dropped it into Southside.

Which brings us to Governor Perry …

He’s been in the Governor’s office for fourteen years. Before that, he was Lt. Governor to Bush. He’s actually been around so long that he was originally a Democrat (and state chairman of Al Gore’s Presidential campaign in 1988). Until now, he’s been called a lot of names, but never “corrupt.”

Which takes us to the recent indictment. The facts appear to be undisputed: the legislature passed a $7.5 million appropriation for an ethics commission (sounds familiar). The head of that commission, the Travis County District Attorney no less, was arrested after a drunk driving stop and subsequent confrontation with police. The Governor said he would veto the appropriation unless she stepped down as the head of the commission. She refused. He vetoed the appropriation.

There is no evidence that Perry had any financial stake in the veto or that he acted from any motive other than he thought she was a bad choice — or the public money was not well spent if she remained as head of the office.

And we’re supposed to consider this a felony?

This is a joke. A Governor is a public official. The right to veto legislation, especially for the spending of public funds, is an inherent part of the office. That veto power is absolute, as long as the Governor does not act from a corrupt motive. If the legislature disagrees with the veto, it has a constitutional ability to override. Otherwise, it stays.

To assume that the Travis County DA acted from a partisan, if not personal, motive in bringing the indictment is merely to note the obvious. It’s not an especially original political strategy. (I’ve written previously about Democratic officeholders in the Deep South who were pursued by Republican prosecutors for legal violations that were marginal or even fabricated).

But I doubt that the Perry prosecution is going to do any favors for Democratic candidates in Texas, by making a conservative hero of a Governor who should be fading out of the spotlight. Nobody likes a bully or the wasting of judicial resources on a case that clearly is about political, not criminal, choices."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Republicans Keep Control of the State Senate

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) congratulated Ben Chafin on his election to the Virginia Senate Tuesday:

“Congratulations to Ben and his entire team for a well-deserved and hard-fought victory in today’s special election. During his short time in the House of Delegates, Ben has proven to be a thoughtful and capable legislator who can solve problems for the people of Southwest Virginia. While we will miss him in the House, it is fortunate that a man with such a steadfast commitment to conservative principles will serve as the decisive twenty-first vote in the Virginia Senate. Thank you to all of the election workers and volunteers for their time and energy today; it is greatly appreciated. Again, congratulations to Ben, his family, and his campaign team, as well as Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment and the Senate Republican caucus, on today's victory.”

Monday, August 18, 2014


The following post is by Bob Sadtler
Chairman of the Virginia Citizens Defense League PAC

”Although he's been a member of the House of Delegates for a short time,
Republican Ben Chafin has an actual voting record (unlike the other two
candidates) and has been a reliable pro-gun vote on any gun legislation
that has come before him. I expect his pro-gun voting record to
continue when Ben is elected to the Virginia Senate.

Much has been made of the Democrat's position on gun rights. He
answered VCDL's survey Very Pro-Gun. However, he was caught on audio
supporting both handgun registration AND bans on modern sporting rifles
like the AR-15. He has since posted on his website a statement stating
that his statements on this recording did not represent his true values.

The truth is, IT DOESN'T MATTER. A vote for anyone but Ben Chafin will
cede your gun rights in the Virginia Senate to anti-gun zealots Dick
Saslaw and Donald McEachin.

As we saw earlier this year when the General Assembly was in session,
the McAuliffe/Saslaw/McEachin gang want to do everything they can to
kill any pro-gun legislation originating in either the House or the
Senate and they will use underhanded parliamentary maneuvers to advance
anti-gun legislation in the Senate.

Gun owners can't allow that to happen. That's why gun owners in the
38th Senate district must stand up and say "No" to the
McAuliffe/Saslaw/McEachin gang.

If you live in the 38th Senate district, PLEASE VOTE FOR BEN CHAFIN
TOMORROW, TUESDAY, AUGUST 19TH! Your gun rights for the next year
depend on it.

Spread the word and get as many friends, neighbors, and fellow gun
owners to go to the polls with you and VOTE FOR BEN CHAFIN for Senate.”