Yesterday in a letter to Pat Mullins, the general counsel for the Republican Party of Virginia, Cortland Putbrese, resigned his position due to pressing family obligations. Today it was announced that the former chair of the party Pat McSweeney will assume the job as general counsel. RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued this statement,
“Pat McSweeney has graciously accepted the position of general counsel. McSweeney has long been known as a principled but fair actor in conservative circles. I am confident that the party will be ably served by a veteran who knows and understands how the party’s nomination methods have evolved and operated in practice,”
Pat McSweeney is a legal scholar well known for key legal battles on behalf of conservatives. He successfully fought against two proposed Virginia Amendments that would have given Virginia localities the authority to incur debt without voter approval. He also fought and won the battle against taxes to be imposed in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and the passage of the marriage amendment in 2006. McSweeney was chairman of the party from 1992 to 1996. He knows the rules of the party better than anyone in the state. He is a solid, proven, conservative lawyer who will be an excellent legal representative for Republicans in Virginia.