Former Gov., Terry McAuliffe, considering a 2020 run for president, is lauding his record as a job creator.
“Every single city and county in Virginia, their unemployment dropped, and in most of the rural communities, it dropped by over 50 percent,” McAuliffe, a Democrat, said about his term as governor from 2014 to 2018. His comment came during a Nov. 28 radio interview on The John Fredericks Show in Portsmouth.
McAuliffe was governor during a prosperous time. The United States had shaken the Great Recession and was well advanced in what’s become a 113-month economic expansion.
Read the full report and listen to the full interview from WCVE.
REPOST from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said he’s headed to Virginia this weekend to help campaign for pro-Trump candidates in tough races that could determine control of the U.S. House.
Bannon said in an interview with radio show host John Fredericks that it’s crucial for President Donald Trump to maintain GOP control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
Read the full report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
By John Fredericks, Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host
In a critical mid-term election year when all GOP energy should be directed toward President Trump’s America First agenda, a group of unhappy Republican sixth congressional district committee members is instead focused on carrying out their own personal vendettas.
This is the same group that engaged in shenanigans with delegate credentials and delegate distribution lists to candidates. They are supporters of former Chairman Scott Sayre, who told me multiple times that “he’d investigate who had the lists.” Of course, these are the lists which he had as the chairman. I guess he never investigated himself.
It’s the same group who tried to sneak in a plurality vote rule to benefit their candidate, Cynthia Dunbar, in the congressional nominating process.
It’s the same group that voted for the convention, the date, the rules, and the venue, including not allowing me to broadcast it live, for fear of exposing their ruse while it unfolded.
It was all going their way…until the district, delegates showed up and handed Sayre a resounding defeat, chose attorney Jennifer Brown as their chairwoman and voted overwhelmingly for Ben Cline to be their Congressional nominee over Dunbar.
Fast forward a few months: instead of accepting the will of the convention voters, this group has instead chosen to sabotage Brown.
There are three Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaints pending—two involving the committee and one against actions taken by individuals who served under Sayre.
One complaint, in particular, involves the fact that Dunbar was on Sayre’s company payroll for $5,000—the exact amount of the filing fee to become a nominee for U.S. Congress.
At Brown’s first meeting, in a surprise action, the group put forth a motion to retain an out of state law firm to defend the committee against the FEC complaints. They also motioned to authorize up to $30,000 in legal expenses for the service.
Having majority support on the committee, their motion carried. This effectively drained the 6th district coffers dry, handcuffing Brown. It also depressed donors from contributing to the committee in this election cycle, for fear their generosity would be earmarked to pay for someone’s legal fees–in lieu of legitimate political activity, like get out the vote drives.
An additional motion forbade any other representative than the one deemed to communicate with the chosen law firm.
The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) counsel is competent at handling FEC complaints on behalf of their committees.
A meeting called by the same group, while Brown was on vacation last week, systematically stripped her of all authority under the guise of making things more efficient.
These same by-laws, now apparently antiquated, were perfectly fine under the Sayre regime, just four months ago when he held the gavel.
When Grassroots Become the Establishment
The sabotage in Virginia’s GOP 6th by disgruntled party operatives, whose candidates were routed is petty, childish and sad.
It’s unacceptable to the delegates who drove hours and invested a Saturday of their life at a political convention. It’s unacceptable to those who donate to the Party to get Republicans elected.
It’s unacceptable in a swing election year to spend a committee’s time and money on legal defense when it’s already provided.
It should be unacceptable to the RPV and their new chairman, Jack Wilson.
Jack, welcome to the state Republican Party. Now you’ve met the enemy. It’s not the Democrats. It’s your own committee members in district six.
John Fredericks is a syndicated radio talk show host based in Washington D.C. He has served as Virginia Vice Chairman and then Chairman of the Trump for President campaign In 2015-6. John Fredericks can be heard worldwide at http://www.johnfredericksradio.com
Read the full report by Patrick Wilson and The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Republican Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia said Thursday that the GOP nominee for Senate in his state has “zero shot” of defeating Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine based on the campaign he is running.
Taylor said in an interview on the John Fredericks Show that Corey Stewart had not called to ask if he’d campaign with him yet but that “there’s no way in hell” Stewart could win without altering his message.
“He’s not called me yet,” Taylor said. “You know, we’ll see. Clearly, there are some things that I don’t agree with him on and, in terms of how he campaigns, there’s no way in hell you’re going to be able to put forth a winning campaign without a different message. There’s just no question about that. You know, that’s just the reality. So we’ll see. We’ll see. But I respect the will of the voters and Republican folks who put him there.”
He added, “Zero shot in the way the campaign was run in the primary to win the general.”
In Thursday’s radio interview, Taylor said he had “never campaigned with anyone else,” calling questions of whether he would go around his district with other politicians a tactic of the Democrats.
“I’ve never campaigned with anyone else,” he said. “You know what I mean? Like, ever. And um, this is my eighth election and we run on what we’ve done, what we’re going to do. We’ve never campaigned with anybody else.”
Taylor went on to say that he felt Stewart needed to focus more on “kitchen table things, not Confederate statues.”
“In the end, some of them of course, are upset about what happened at the Red Hen and in other places,” Taylor said, referring to the conservative backlash after a Virginia restaurant refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “But brass tacks, man: people are busy, they’re doing their thing, they’re raising their families, they’re working, they’re trying to get by. Talk about that, talk about, you know, kitchen table things, not Confederate statues. While I agree we shouldn’t tear down history and stuff like that, the reality is what do you think the average person cares about more his job or that? So adjust your message. Get it right to be able to exploit the vulnerabilities where Tim Kaine is weak. Very weak frankly.”
Read the full report from CNN.
Virginia conservatives – and the Trump Administration – should embrace the healthcare plan rolled out this week by House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) in the House budget. The House budget includes a plan to bring billions in taxpayer dollars back to Virginia to help uninsured Virginians get healthcare coverage through Medicaid Expansion.
For four years, I sang a different tune. I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with my fellow conservatives at Americans for Prosperity, former Speaker Bill Howell, and other Republicans to fight Medicaid Expansion.
At the time, the future of the Affordable Care Act seemed uncertain, and banking on its promises appeared financially risky. There were fears it would collapse, or be repealed, leaving states to pay for a huge new entitlement we couldn’t afford. That seemed like an unsafe bet for Virginia.
That all changed in 2017.