From the Fairfax GOP: Call Gerry Connolly

The Fairfax County Republican Committee sent out the following email today regarding Rep. Gerry Connolly, the congressman for our neighboring 11th District:


Yesterday, Congressman Gerry Connolly sent the following tweet: “Maybe his enablers will rouse themselves when the Brownshirts come for them. I, for one, will resist.” If this doesn’t offend you, it should, regardless of your political leanings. This is not run-of-the-mill political invective, but short-sighted and dangerous talk.

For the uninitiated, the “Brownshirts” were the Nazi Party’s private army, formally known as the Sturmabteilung, or “SA”. They were Hitler’s political enforcers, numbering roughly three million at their peak. The SA committed countless crimes, including 1938’s infamous Kristallnacht, in which thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed, and tens of thousands of people killed and imprisoned.

Now, in all fairness, I’m not entirely certain who Gerry was referring to in his tweet. After all, it wasn’t masked Trump supporters who were breaking store windows in downtown Washington last week. It wasn’t the Tea Party that burned a Muslim limo driver’s car. And Republicans have no history of political violence that I’m aware of, unless you count the Civil War. Just so we’re clear, the Fairfax County GOP denounces the first two instances, and we’ll stand where our Party stood on that last one.

But I think it’s safe to say that Gerry had something else in mind, which is why we’re asking you to contact his office today and demand an apology. You can reach his office in DC at 202-225-1492 or click here to email him.

If Gerry Connolly wants to criticize Donald Trump on policy grounds, that’s well within his right. If he wants to make fun of the President’s hairstyle, that’s fine, too; childish, maybe, but certainly within bounds. There are lots of things Gerry can say and do to advance his political agenda, or block the Administration’s. But there are lines that must not be crossed, especially by a sitting member of the House of Representatives.

Here’s the problem: Gerry Connolly has constituents who know what totalitarian governments actually look like, and who have suffered the evil that they do. Our local Republican Party has members whose families, or who they themselves, left Europe one step ahead of the real Nazis; who left Castro’s Cuba, where to this day the slightest hint of political dissent is swiftly and viciously punished; who risked their lives to escape Communist Vietnam in the 1970s and 1980s; who gladly left authoritarian China and have since become proud American citizens. I myself grew up in countries where political kidnappings and killings were common, and tanks rolled through residential neighborhoods.

Gerry’s snarky tweet manages to malign the President, diminish the sacrifice and suffering of millions of Americans who have known real tyranny, and undermine faith in our system of government, all at once. As an act of subversion, it’s brilliant. As a statement by a sitting member of Congress, it’s a despicable lie.

There’s no doubt that President Trump is challenging Connolly’s perspective on how the world should work. There’s no doubt he presents himself as tough and uncompromising. (After all, if you know anything about American business, you know that the only thing tougher than a Manhattan real estate developer is a labor union negotiator.) There’s no doubt that his Administration plans big changes in Washington. But since when do Democrats object to tough politicians?

The central reason that Donald Trump was elected President is that far too many Americans have lost trust in our system of government. It’s not just on the right — Bernie Sanders supporters clearly have their own complaints. Connolly and his party should be trying to understand and respond to the deep concerns of all of those Americans, not creating further distrust. Instead of scoring points with his Twitter followers, Connolly needs to spend some time thinking about one area – just one – where maybe Donald Trump is right and he is wrong. That would be progress.

Sadly, Gerry missed what many of us think was the best line from President Trump’s inaugural address: “When you let patriotism into your heart, there is no room for prejudice.”

If you love your country and care about good government, tell Connolly to act like a responsible adult. Tell him he’s crossed the line, and if he has any respect for the system that elected him, he must apologize.

Call 202-225-1492 or email him by clicking here.



Matt Ames
Chairman, Fairfax County Republican Committee

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From Mark Obenshain: Virginians Deserve Better than Mark Herring’s Cronyism

State Sen. Mark Obenshain sent out the following email today:

Folks, I walked off the State Senate floor here just a bit ago in Richmond and had to share this disturbing news. In fact, I gave a speech on the Senate floor about this incredibly short-sighted move from the Attorney General’s office.

Despite a $1.5 billion shortfall, with state employees across the Commonwealth struggling to make ends meet, our Sheriff’s deputies seeking public aid to put food on their table, the AP reported this morning that Attorney General’s office gave out more than 60 raises averaging nearly $7,000! One attorney in the office received a 30% raise, another more than $15,000! All this with Virginia facing a deficit of $1.5 billion, and state and local law enforcement agencies dealing with heavy financial burdens.

Making matters worse? The Obama administration told them how to get around the rules to make it happen! This is crony-ism at its worst, and just when you think the Obama administration is near its end, on their way out the door they reward their friends. Meanwhile, hardworking Virginia state employees continue to suffer. The Justice Department provided Mark Herring a step-by-step guide to cutting corners and getting around the rules that are supposed to prevent things like this from happening.

Mark Herring, who has outsourced case after case while refusing to defend Virginia, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, is now rewarding the very lawyers in his office he doesn’t trust to defend Virginia law! I think it is common sense, we shouldn’t be giving out 30% raises when the Commonwealth is struggling to find funding for essential state employees.

We’ve got to do better, and frankly, expect better of our elected officials. This is an embarrassment, and I hope that you’ll help me continue to hold the Attorney General’s office accountable. We need to be finding ways to save the taxpayer money while we overcome these deficits, not spending more money on outlandish raises.

If you agree with me, call the Attorney General’s office at (804) 786-2071, and tell them we deserve better.

Mark Obenshain

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Welcome to 2017

We hope you had a blessed Christmas season and a happy New Year!

Virginia is the place to be for politics in 2017. Virginia is one of only two states with elections every year (the other being New Jersey), and this year is shaping up to be a blockbuster.

Are you ready to take back the governorship?

This year Virginians will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, plus all 100 members of the House of Delegates, and local offices in some counties/cities. This is a statewide election year – every vote for statewide office counts the same no matter where it is cast.

Governor Terry McAuliffe has spent three years in office with little to show for it – except a $1.2 billion budget deficit this year, an unconstitutional extension of voting rights to violent felons, and some radical social policies. (He’s term-limited and won’t be running for re-election.) Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam has been a lame duck from the beginning, after Virginians returned control the state Senate to the GOP shortly after he took office. (He’s running for governor.) And Attorney General Mark Herring has repeatedly refused to do his job, which is to defend Virginia’s laws. (He’s running for re-election.) The Democrats cannot be allowed to retain control of the three statewide offices.

We have four excellent candidates for governor, three for lieutenant governor, and two for attorney general. More excellent candidates are lining up for House of Delegates seats and local offices across the commonwealth. There will be a statewide primary on June 14th.

Let’s get to work! Get to know the candidates, and get involved with your county/city GOP to ensure victory for our nominees on November 7th. We have a real opportunity this year to get Virginia back on track, and we need all hands on deck!

Onward to victory!

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