RPV Chairman Pat Mullins Endorses Comstock in VA-10

Big news this evening as Bearing Drift has obtained a copy of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins’ endorsement of Del. Barbara Comstock in VA-10 to replace outgoing Rep. Frank Wolf.

The endorsement isn’t merely notable for its enthusiasm for Comstock’s conservative record, but for what is an irregular (and by some perspectives, risky) move for party leadership backed by a great deal of confidence in Comstock’s ability to lead.  I’ll add this — it’s very telling that Mullins’ endorsement focuses very heavily on human rights in places such as China and Darfur.  That’s something I appreciate a great deal… and I’m glad to see Mullins recognize Comstock as an inheritor of an excellent track record fighting human rights abuses worldwide.

Other endorsements thus far include conservative commentator Mark Levin, AFP’s Tim Phillips, and the American Conservative Union — all heavy hitters within the conservative movement.

Comstock’s star within GOP circles has long been on the rise, joining credible conservative women such as State Senator Jill Vogel and former RPV chair Kate Obenshain as leaders in their own right.

  • JReynolds79

    Mullins hit the nail on the head with this one. We need more candidates who are willing to roll up their sleeves and proactively sell conservatism. We’ve been playing defense for far too long.

    • The only disappointment with Comstock running is that it’s unlikely that she’ll run statewide for anything in the near future She’d probably be the AG candidate in 2017 if she weren’t running for Wolf’s seat.
      Is there anybody in her district that could keep her House seat GOP?

  • Dave Webster

    There is no other choice than Barbara Comstock for a number of reasons. She is a true Ronald Reagan Conservative, first and foremost. Further, to her great credit, Barbara is not given to making unnecessarily incendiary statements but always keeps to completely logical arguments. She has politics down to a science. A greater foe the Democrats cannot have.

    • C. Richard

      True Ronald Reagan Conservative

  • Greg Letiecq

    That last line might turn out to be prophetic. Vogel has been enragingly liberal at times during her Senate tenure, and Obenshain walked out on her family during one Christmas season to cap off her tenure as a self-promoting, narcissistic RPV director. If this is what we are to expect of Comstock, God help us.

    • Colin

      I’m curious to see how conservatives supporting Comstock would feel to learn about her numerous financial contributions to Arlen Specter, Judd Gregg, Orrin Hatch, and Michael Steele.

      • amish40

        Gregg, Specter, and Steele are all from blue-leaning states. Sometimes, we need to learn to be happy with candidates like these, because they are the best we are going to get. We need to stop scrutinizing people in our own party, and focus on beating Democrats. Stop the infighting.

        • Colin

          Don’t tell that to me, tell it to the ‘RINO Hunters’. I’ve been a lifetime supporter of the big tent philosophy.

        • Steele and Gregg are hardly transgressions. Snarlin Arlen is another matter. But it doesn’t affect my view of Comstock.

      • Orrin Hatch isn’t conservative now? On what planet?

        • Colin

          On planet Tea Party he isn’t. In 2012 Dan Liljenquist ran to the right of Hatch (I didn’t know it was possible) and was endorsed by the likes of Rick Santorum, numerous Utah State Senators, FreedomWorks, etc all of whom poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the convention/primary. I think Hatch spent something like $10 million, but won by a comfortable margin.

        • Lawrence Wood

          Orin Hatch’s ACU 76 percent rating from 2007, is a more true reflection of his conservative voting record then his last rating when he was primaried by the tea party in 2012. This rating is rather generous if you look over his entire 36-year plus career record.

          Hatch has a long record of expanding the size and scope of government, he has voted to add $7.5 trillion to the national debt throughout his career. Hatch voted for about half of our total existing national debt, he voted for S-CHIP, Medicare Part D, and the TARP bailouts. Actually, he didn’t just vote for S-CHIP, he created it.

          He supported Bill Clinton’s nominations of Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the 1990s – justices who many conservatives consider among the most liberal on the high court. He voted “yea” on the auto bailout, the Fannie and Freddie bailout, and the record goes on.

          As a long time conservative “on this planet” and a non tea partier I can not see how the facts remotely support claiming Orrin Hatch as a conservative unless you weight his own self acclamation under primary challenge as more relevant then his 36 year plus voting record. Opinions are best expressed with facts rather then the jibe flip off I contend, so unless you have some hidden material you would like to share, Orin Hatch is no true conservative and that’s perfectly fine as long as he doesn’t sell himself to the voters as one.

          • This is utterly ridiculous. Orrin Hatch has been a reliable conservative for decades. Why anybody would attack him for creating SCHIP is beyond me. Each of those programs, by the way, were championed by Republicans. Do you see him voting for Democratic initiatives? No. He’s a team player.

            Stephen Breyer was confirmed by the Senate on an 89-7 vote. Who led the opposition to him? Dick Luger. Not exactly a bastion of conservatism, according to the Tea Party.

            Ruth Bader Ginsberg was confirmed by the Senate on a 96-3 vote. 41 out of the 44 Republicans in the Senate voted for her.

            That’s not legitimate criticism. Ask any Democrat if Orrin Hatch is a moderate or a liberal and they’ll laugh at you. His stances on tons of issues, from federalism to balancing the budget, are not remotely anti-conservative.

          • Lawrence Wood

            First, I don’t believe my comments constitute an “attack” on Orin Hatch in any manner, simply a statement of past positions and votes, nor does it imply any form of criticism, my only point is that his voting history on numerous issues does not place him in the mainstream of Conservative thought or actions. Clearly you disagree. Regarding the “legitimacy” of my statements as a life long Republican I rarely find it rewarding to confirm my presentations or beliefs with Democrats whether they laugh at me or not, I also find it useful to remain polite in communications with others no matter if I’m in agreement or not. We simply stand in disagreement.

          • When Senator Hatch calls himself a conservative, he has a 36 year history to back that up. His voting record is within the mainstream of the definition of conservative the Republican party has been using since Ronald Reagan. That he does not always vote in a “conservative” manner does not invalidate the label. What else would you call him? A moderate? He’s not. A liberal? Definitely not.

            It’s fine for us to stand in disagreement, but, respectfully, you’re flat out wrong about Senator Hatch.

        • Not everybody gunning for Hatch were doing so because of ideology. Some of it particularly Rep. Chaffetz felt it was time for him to retire due to age and a desire to see change.

  • LOL, like some supervisor from Fredericks County is going to beat Comstock. There is only two at most three people who could beat Comstock who live outside of Loudoun or Fairfax. Especially now that the method of selection is a Firehouse primary with Loudoun and Fairfax getting more polling stations then the other districts in the 10th.

  • Daniel Cortez

    Totally expected and on schedule to hear the token tea party naysayer to go negative from the start, but let me suggest strongly that Barbara Comstock has the positive presentation that movement leaders wish they had. Tea party leaders are begging for a victory before the movement sinks further into obscurity. Comstock has the ability to embrace and reach out to independents, veterans and minorities. Things the tea party has failed to do. Establishment republicans and the movement would be wise to get behind a lady who can actually win….Comstock can and will.

    • Eric McGrane

      Tea party in yer closets, tea party under your bed, tea party in yer head

      lol obsess much?

      you forgot to throw in “extreme” and “racist”. Probably didnt have your coffee tonight.

      • Daniel Cortez

        Our nights complete, the pride of the movement…the “giant forehead” has spoken…. And they wonder why with folks like him Cuccinelli could lose. Comstock can and will win…in spite of him.
        And some heard Eric exclaim as he pompositied out of sight….”I am the Tea Party…. and to all a good night.”

        • Eric McGrane

          That wasn’t weird or incoherent at all.

  • Colin

    For an endorsement to be printed using RPV resources at the donors’ expense is extremely inappropriate. Regardless of how many candidates are running, the fact that any party official would do something so brazen undermines the entire political process. Political nepotism is alive and well at the RPV.

    • Doug Brown

      Agreed. Mullins might be a nice guy, but all emotion, little thought. Horrible Party Boss, no discipline, see recent election results.

      • Colin

        Let me re-post a comment I submitted to another blog that is relevant to this situation: “Wouldn’t it have been great if RPV officials had been this aggressive in squashing the inter-party bickering for Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson as they are for Ed Gillespie?”

        For full disclosure I supported Bolling, Snyder, and Bell, but Cuccinelli, Jackson, and Obenshain all got checks from me after the convention.

        • Well, Jackson was a waste of money.

          • Colin

            Lost causes are a fine southern tradition my friend.

          • Sure.

          • Doug Brown

            I disagree and Ken should have embraced Jackson more than he did. And since Mullins was still hanging around his only task should have been slipping something into Bolling’s drink and propping him up at all the Cuccinelli events, big Bolling smile with one hand extended up in friendly wave.

          • Well, that all sounds highly unethical and possibly illegal.

          • Doug Brown

            Yes and that’s why all their political careers would have been saved.

          • Teddy Salad

            I bet Bolling could have been persuaded with a large sandwich, a bag of pork rinds, and a bath tub full of Mac n’ Cheese to roll around in.

        • Doug Brown

          Mullins should have announced his resignation right after Ken announced his candidacy.
          It was like watching a coach/manager who has lost control of his players.

          • Colin

            Resign before a statewide election? That’s the kind of stuff the media and pundits gobble up. I have my qualms with RPV leadership at times, but even I know you don’t switch horses midstream. Plus, who would have been a viable alternate to Mullins? (And don’t say Frederick)

          • I distinctly remember someone pushing for Shaun Kenney. Way back in 09.

          • Colin

            It would be nice to end this trend of every state candidate or party official coming from Northern Virginia.

          • Cuccinelli was the only Northern Virginian on the GOP ticket running for statewide office in either 2013 or 2009. EW is down in the Norfolk region and Obenshain was from the Valley.
            Allen is from the Richmond area if I remember correctly.

          • There are more of us. It’s inevitable.

  • There is a reason why Barbara Comstock is gaining all of this support, including from folks like Pat – she’s the best candidate for the job. There is nobody who works harder, nobody who works smarter than her in that district.

    Glad to see that she’s being recognized for her efforts and dedication. I look forward to working with her when she gets to Congress.

    • Doug Brown

      Best candidate for the job? Maybe, so far.
      She’s going to have to address some issues which Frank Wolf has avoided. Issues that have seriously effected his constituents and damaged some of the very causes he claims to champion.

      • Lawrence Wood

        Very, very true. Frank was in semi-retirement for some time and his attention in the House was more often on Sudan then the 10th District, some real issues lay unresolved, if she skates on these it will be a tough primary for her.

  • Bill Steinbach

    Not that I disagree with the endorsement, but I thought it was against party rules for RPV to endorse a candidate in a contested primary.

    • RPV didn’t endorse. Pat Mullins did.

      • Bill Steinbach

        On RPV letterhead.

        • No, it was on Pat Mullins’ personal RPV letterhead with the RPV logo on it and his title. The RPV letterhead itself is different. And he made no statement that he was speaking on behalf of the Party.

          The regular letterhead doesn’t have his name and title on the top of it.

          • Bill Steinbach

            The disclaimer on the bottom of the letterhead says “Paid for and authorized by the Republican Party of Virginia”. I know that is for IRS and election law purposes, but people could get confused and take this an official endorsement from RPV.

          • mezurak

            In the public’s eye Pat Mullins IS the RPV.

            Playing semantics with the logo changes nothing.

          • Fair enough. Frankly, it would be nice to see RPV endorsing good candidates like Barbara.

          • Eric McGrane

            Distinction without a difference.

          • Teddy Salad

            Agreed, it has all the trappings of an RPV endorsement. If it looks like a turd and smells like a turd…

    • George

      Is there a party rule against endorsements? Last I looked, which was some years ago, there was no rule.

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  • Mark_Shepard

    Quite frankly, if Barbara Comstock is as great a candidate as Pat and many here say, then she did not need this type of an endorsement. It is likely unproductive because while it is likely it sways few people and it clearly does not settle well with many. Just a wasted move in my view. Maybe time will prove otherwise.

  • Scout

    Mullins’s endorsement isn’t fatal, but it is a setback. She can overcome this. It’s a shame, however, that this had to happen. RPV and competent candidates is not a usual pairing. Mullins should have laid low on this.

    • Teddy Salad

      Maybe he KNEW it would be a setback and is trying to sabatoge her. Very tea party-esque move.

  • Darfur? China? That’s nice.

    How about something about her ability to get something real passed to help Americans out during this crappy economy? My congressman has been best known for something to stop the regulation of “farm dust” (if it ever was going be regulated at all) and 40-some votes to repeal Obamacare. Boy, it’s been a productive session of Congress for SouthsideVA.

    • Compare that with the rest of the country, and you guys are in good shape.

  • Teddy Salad

    He should be giving the same speech to the base, especially the bit about ” building the bridges and coalitions it takes to get things done in politics.”

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