February 23rd Meeting Call

The 8th District Republican Committee will meet on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM. The primary purpose of the meeting is to elect a new member to the State Central Committee to fill the vacancy after Brian Rabbitt resigned for a job in the White House.

The official call is available here. Details on how to file to run for the SCC seat are noted in the call. Candidates must be eligible for party office under the Party Plan of the Republican Party of Virginia to run. As per the by-laws of the 8th District Republican Committee, vacancies are filled by the current voting members of the 8th District Republican Committee.

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News & Notes from Around the 8th: February 7, 2017

Remember when Hillary Clinton said, “when they go low, we go high“?

It was clearly nothing more than empty campaign rhetoric.

Liberals across America are organizing protests against Republican elected officials. The online guides they are distributing to their activists tell them to be “angry constituents” that disrupt every public appearance of their Congressman. Senator Kaine, Clinton’s running mate, even called on activists to to take the fight to the streets.

Their goal, keep the failed Obamacare policy, preserve regulations that are stopping our economy from growing, drive our country into bankruptcy through out-of-control spending, and make America less safe by failing to secure our borders against ISIS terrorists.

While we clearly do not have Republican representation here in the 8th, we can still call other Republicans in Congress, particularly those in Virginia, and tell them they have our support to do the things they promised on the campaign trail last year.

And, call Senator Kaine and ask him why he is using such inflammatory rhetoric!

In other news, this past week our 8th District State Central Rep Brian Rabbitt resigned his position. That’s the bad news. The good news is Brian resigned to take a job in the Trump White House Counsel’s office. Congratulations Brian!

I have tentatively scheduled a meeting to elect his replacement on February 23rd. Two candidates have already expressed an interest in running. If you are interested, please feel free to send me an email at chairman@vagop8cd.org.

See our Upcoming Events page for a calendar on what’s going on in the GOP in Northern Virginia!

Mark Kelly, Chairman

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From the Chairman: Don Beyer’s Partisanship

Despite consistent claims to be a bridge builder across the partisan aisle, 8th District Congressman Don Beyer has spent much of his time since the election playing to his liberal base in a blatant attempt to de-legitimize President Trump.

First, Beyer called for a delay in the Electoral College. Then, he boycotted the Inauguration.

This is no way to get things done in a bi-partisan manner, particularly now that Republicans control Congress and the White House.

While much of the attention is focused on Washington and President Trump, we are continuing to work toward our 2017 elections here in Virginia. In addition to the statewide races, the entire House of Delegates is also up for election this year. If you have any interest in running for one of the seats here in the 8th District, please feel free to contact me to answer questions or to help you get started.

Please see our Upcoming Events page for information on upcoming meetings and other events.

Mark Kelly

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Our very own 8th District activists making an impact at the White House

We are proud of two of our longtime 8th District GOP members for their involvement with the White House in the early days of the new administration on critical issues.

Today, Morton Blackwell, Virginia’s Republican National Committeeman, president of the Leadership Institute, and longtime Arlington GOP member, was part of a panel of conservative leaders that met privately with President Trump & Vice President Pence to discuss strategy for confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

Also today, Bill Cleveland, one of the 8th District’s delegates to the 2016 Republican National Committee, former vice mayor of Alexandria and a longtime Alexandria GOP member, was part of another panel that met privately with Trump & Pence to discuss issues facing the black community as part of the first day of Black History Month.

Thank you, Morton and Bill, for your hard work on behalf of our conservative, Republican principles!

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2017 March for Life

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