Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins didn't take long to break out the figurative champagne bottle and celebrate the Senate passage of the health care freedom bills. Then he promptly took a figurative swing with that bottle at two Virginia Congressional Democrats who voted for the monstrosity that precipitated the need for today's Senate action. Below is a statement released by RPV that includes two quotes from the chairman:

Statement on today's bipartisan vote that stops the Federal takeover

"Monday's bipartisan vote illustrates just how far out of touch Democrats like Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th, and Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th, are on the issue of health care," Mullins said. "When Republicans asked Senate Democrats to join them in standing up against federal overreach, five decided to put the rights of their constituents ahead of the wishes of Washington, D.C."

Perriello and Connolly voted in favor of a bill backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi last year that would have required every Virginian to purchase federal government approved insurance from a federal government approved insurance company in a federal government created marketplace, or face stiff fines or jail time.

"Even Democrats in the Virginia Senate realize that the health care nightmare being negotiated behind closed doors across the Potomac is bad news for their constituents," Mullins said. "Monday's vote shows again that Reps. Perriello, Connolly and the rest of the Democrats in Washington, D.C., aren't listening to their employers — the voters of the Commonwealth of Virginia."