McAuliffe Called In By State Democrats As Substitute Off Weak And Desperate Abortion Party BenchApr. 25, 2019
McAuliffe Called In By State Democrats As Substitute Off Weak And Desperate Abortion Party Bench
- by Guest Blogger Stephen J. Rossie
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAullife announced last week that he would not seek the Democrat nomination for president in 2020. Instead, now that the commonwealth's top three statewide abortion-on-demand Democrats have been rendered politically radioactive, he will heed the begging call of Virginia's abortion-on-demand legislative candidates, who desperately need a rainmaker to replace the mega campaign cash they expected to raise from the now politically toxic Governor Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring.
But what's the difference? During his election campaign in 2013, McAuliffe proudly boasted of being a "brick wall" for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, which in turn flushed him with millions of dollars in donations. The bought-and-paid for McAuliffe delivered with over-the-top and unprecedented "veto ceremonies" in which he vetoed commonsense legislation supported by a majority of Virginians, such as diverting funds that go to the profit-turning abortion industry to true women's non-profit health providers. In short, he supports the same ghoulish abortion-on-demand and infanticide legislation in the infamous bill introduced by Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax County) and shockingly rationalized by Northam, a pediatrician by trade, during an interview that disturbed the entire country.
Now, desperate to increase their flailing chances because of the gross embarrassment Northam, Fairfax and Herring have brought to our commonwealth with their hypocrisy on race and women and their gross support of infanticide, House and Senate Democrats — desperate to win a majority to implement New York and California style laws on abortion, exorbitant taxes and restrictions on religious liberty, parental rights and free speech — have offered McAuliffe the consolation prize of another nomination for governor in 2021 since his fledgling presidential bid went belly up in exchange for his to work this fall to prop up their campaigns.
In fact, what McAuliffe couldn't do legislatively during his term because of a pro-life majority in the General Assembly, he tried to do administratively through an illegal regulatory process that The Family Foundation successfully defeated in court this Spring. Now, he looks forward to returning to the Executive Mansion with a Democrat majority to finally pay off his abortion industry benefactors once and for all.
Now that McAuliffe is back in Virginia to shore up the Democrats' bench, maybe he will take some time finally to answer some unanswered questions, such as what exactly did he discuss with disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in advance of his wife's (eventually failed) Virginia Senate campaign in 2015.
Stephen J. (Steve) Rossie is a Richmond-based public and government relations’ consultant. He has been a General Assembly lobbyist for The Family Foundation and others since 2006, was the founding TFF Blog Editor (2007-2014) and has written about Virginia government since 2007, including his column, Capitol Square Diary. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Voted! Now What?Nov. 07, 2018
Another election has come and gone. Virginia is among the states that saw a noticeable shake-up.
Virginia will be sending three new Democrat Representatives to Washington. Unfortunately, Elaine Luria, Jennifer Wexton, and Abigail Spanberger have all expressed support for efforts to keep abortion funding, and will advance the radical “LGBTQ+” ideology that undermines truth and religious liberty. Despite appealing to voters as moderates, all three received hearty endorsements from The Human Rights Campaign, one of the leading organizations promoting the radical LGBTQ agenda.
Notably, defeated Republicans Scott Taylor (VA-2nd) and Barbara Comstock (VA-10th) had both supported different liberal agendas in Washington, and yet that clearly did not appease the liberal voters who replaced them yesterday. On the other hand, Dave Brat lost his seat even though he tirelessly supported life, marriage, families and freedom throughout his two terms. It’s hard to say what factors all played into these different outcomes, but it is clear that Republicans appeasing a liberal agenda does not secure victory. We encourage newly-elected 5th District Representative Denver Riggleman to never attempt to appease liberal factions as he takes votes on matters of life and marriage. If you are in the 5th District, today might be a great day to congratulate him and send him a note about how he can represent you best!
We want to congratulate one candidate who never tries to appease a different agenda. Former Chairman of the Conservative Caucus Delegate Ben Cline won the election to replace Bob Goodlatte in the 6th Congressional District! This election, and the election of Jennifer Wexton, trigger two special elections to replace them in the Virginia House of Delegates and in the Senate, respectively.
In the U.S. Senate, the Republican Party actually picked up a several seats, further solidifying its control. Some suggest that confirmation of Justice Kavannah was a decisive factor in those outcomes. Democrat Senators who voted not to confirm Kavanaugh faced a backlash, losing several seats. Democrat Senator Manchin, who defied his party to uphold the Kavannah confirmation, won. These results should mean that qualified and honorable Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges will be easily confirmed in the years to come.
The divided party control of Congress, with Democrats controlling the House of Representatives and Republicans controlling the Senate, will likely stymie any major legislation from passing over the next two years.
Last night also brought one new addition to the Virginia House of Delegates, Joe McNamara in the 8th district special election. To learn more about his positions on issues, check out our voter guide for that race.
One outcome from yesterday worth celebrating is that West Virginia and Alabama both passed Constitutional Amendments stating clearly that there is no right to abortion in their state and that no state funds will be used for abortions! These are among the growing number of states working hard to protect unborn children and defund the abortion industry. Unfortunately, national funding for the abortion industry will likely continue because of yesterday’s Democrat takeover of the House of Representatives. Barring a miracle, no budgets that defund Planned Parenthood will pass under their control.
So what now?
Keep all of our Representatives and our Senators in your prayers.
Support good candidates in these special elections coming up. The Family Foundation will be keeping you updated on all the developments as they come very quickly.
Contact your Delegate and your Senator in Richmond to let them know you support life, marriage, parental rights, and religious liberty. They will face a heavy onslaught from the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Virginia, Planned Parenthood, the Equal Rights Amendment supporters, and many others. They need to hear from you now and all throughout the General Assembly session.
The Family Foundation will be here every step of the way. We appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you during the General Assembly in January.
P.S. Pastors Day at the Capitol will be on January 9th. Pastors, Save the Date and plan to join us on the first day of the session to pray for civic leaders and learn more about the policies coming up in Richmond.
The Real RalphJan. 17, 2018
That was quick.
Anyone who has been around Richmond for any period of time knows that the first few days of a General Assembly session are full of seeing old friends, lots of talk of happy-go-lucky bipartisanship and a general atmosphere of congeniality.
That usually lasts right up until the first bill is debated in a committee.
This year, it seemed to last until newly minted Governor Ralph Northam addressed a joint session of the General Assembly. Until that point, there were members of the assembly who actually might have lived under the media-created delusion that Governor Northam is something of a “moderate” who really wants to “get things done.”
Instead, his speech Tuesday night was reminiscent of his predecessor’s litany of left-wing progressive ideology focusing primarily on making sure unborn children can’t survive the womb and redefining marriage and human sexuality down to nothing more than an emotional whim. In similar tones, former Governor Terry McAuliffe spent much of his last speech as governor last week decrying “divisive social issues” while then proceeding to spend much of his speech advocating for divisive social issues, like making sure unborn children can’t survive the womb and, well, you know.
In other words, the real Ralph was on full display, much to the dismay of conservatives who thought, maybe, just maybe, the new Governor was actually interested in governing.
That was all followed yesterday with competing speeches in the House of Delegates between Republican majority leader Todd Gilbert and Democrat minority leader David Toscano. Gilbert took Northam to task for his blatantly partisan speech, making sure to note that when a left-wing liberal says bipartisanship, they generally mean, “do everything that I want.”
To which Toscano answered with, well, a litany of left-wing progressive ideology that he claimed are all bipartisan! Just agree with him on everything and you can be bipartisan, too.
All this leaves us pretty much where those of us who have been around a while have come to expect – a deeply divided legislature with partisan groups that have nearly completely opposite worldviews that leave very little room for compromise. Of course, few Virginians know any of this, because the political media in Virginia (which is mostly made up of VCU journalism students posing as reporters) is so devoid of objectivity they can’t report anything close to reality. Remarkably, the stories out about the competing speeches, and the editorial boards, are making it seem like the breakdown in bipartisanship is all on the side of Republicans, presumably because they simply won’t pass everything Democrats want.
Be prepared for lots of that in the next eight weeks.