Message from the Rockingham Chairman
Our committee joins in the unqualified condemnation of those few who engaged in violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 threatening our democratic processes. There were thousands of peaceful Republicans who attended the rally at the the foot of the U.S. Capitol to express their concerns over the conduct of elections in 2020. They departed the area peacefully when the event ended and were on their way home when violence occurred. No one was more shocked and outraged than they were at what occurred after they left.
Seventy-five million Republican voters did not lose their First Amendment Right to speak, assemble, or petition their government because 200 people took advantage of slack security at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Delegate Tony Wilt (R-26)
Delegate Chris Runion (R-25)
Delegate Rob Bell (R-58)
Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15)
Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26)
Dec 3, 2020, Obenshain, Sutterlein Reitroduce Parole Bill, Daily News Record
Senator Emmett Hanger
U.S. Representative Ben Cline
Voices from Rockingham
President Trump on Republican Demonstrations
"In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and No vandalism of any kind.
"That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You." - Statement released through the RNC on January 13, 2021
Ronna McDaniel, RNC Chairwoman
"Violence has no place in our politics. Period. I wholly condemned last week's senseless acts of violence . . . Those who partook in the assault on our nation's Capitol and those who continue to threaten violence should be found, held accountable, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Let me be clear: Anyone who has malicious intent is not welcome in Washington, D.C. or in any other State Capitol Building." - January 13, 2021
On Violent Protesters at Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.
"They neither represent nor speak for the Republican Party of Virginia, our fellow citizens, or any civilized people." - Richard Anderson, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia
On Loyalty and Transition
Virginia Special Session Update - 2020 Virginia State Budget and Policing
Virginia House Republicans (October 3, 2020): The focus of the ongoing special session was supposed to be addressing the $2.8 billion budget shortfall due to the economic downturn. After 44 days, Democrats in control of the House finally decided it was time to begin work on this critical issue.
The revised budget that came out of the House should make it very clear where Democrats stand. Their priorities were in plain view for everyone to see. Democrats took a series of votes that make it absolutely clear that they’re on the side of criminals, not victims and law enforcement. Republicans offered a series of simple, common sense amendments designed to encourage the further professionalization of local law enforcement, encourage measured police reform, and hold bad actors accountable. Democrats killed each effort in favor of their radical attacks on crime victims and the good men and women of law enforcement."
Delegate Tony Wilt Update on Virginia General Assembly Special Session (September 22, 2020)
"While having a balanced budget is the primary and most pressing task we are sent to Richmond to address, passing legislation that makes it harder for law enforcement to effectively do their job seems to be the priority for House leaders. Republicans have introduced our own legislation that improves accountability and professionalism is policing, while addressing many unintended consequences."
Delegate Tony Wilt on Pre-Special Session Hearings on Policing in August 2020
"Despite the rhetoric, most public safety reform efforts will require more law enforcement resources - not less. The whole notion of "defunding the police" would make communities less safe for everyone" (August 5, 2020)