The following is provided by the Loudoun County Republican Committee (Chair, Sharon Sadler), the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee (Chair, Geary Higgins), and the Loudoun County Republican Women’s Club (President, Patti Menders):
“The Republican Party unequivocally condemns the use of violence to further a political agenda and has been consistent in this condemnation. We have also been vocal about our support of law and order and the brave men and women of law enforcement who stand in the gap to keep us safe.
David LaRock has been elected and re-elected by his constituents many times, he is a strong representative for the residents of Loudoun, Clark and Frederick Counties, and he has worked tirelessly to fight against Greenway tolls.
Those calling for his resignation believe in guilt by association, and it is appalling. These actions are purely political in nature and clearly in violation of the Board of Supervisors Ethics Pledge, Item #11 that prohibits the use of “county resources,… or staff that is any way financially compensated by the county… “ for anything other than ”to conduct county business.”
Should Loudoun County Chair Phyllis Randall, and others who participated in protests this summer, be made to resign for the actions of rioters and looters who shared their cause? Of course not.
Rather than trying to further divide us by saying that the extremists on either side are representative of millions of people, let us repeat the refrain that came from both sides during 2020’s unrest: We will always defend the right of those to speak their minds and peaceably assemble in protest, but we condemn violent acts. Calling for LaRock’s resignation is offensive to the Constitution, public discourse, and the 1st Amendment.
Randall and Briskman should focus on county business instead of divisive political gamesmanship. Loudoun County has lagged in distributing the Covid vaccine, kept schools closed, and raised taxes on every homeowner and business in the county during the COVID pandemic. The echoes of “unity” are still reverberating in the air by our President-Elect while Loudoun Democrats are doing everything they can to divide us. Randall and Briskman’s destructive and divisive effort will not build “unity”, will waste taxpayer time and resources, and is a terrible example of leadership and good governance.”