A Supporters Perspective on Dr. David Brat – Candidate for U.S. Congress

Dave Brat

Below you will find one supporters perspective and research of the upcoming 7th District race for U.S. Congress and the 2 candidates running for it. She has done her homework and has links we suggest you take the time to look at. We would like to add a few more that have come in to help in your educated decision. One final thought, there is NO Democrat running for this office, so whoever wins the Primary will be our next Congressman. There is no chance of losing a Congressional seat to a Democrat as some have been led to believe. This Primary is probably one of the most important ones in VA history!

Cantor Mislabels Opponent     FactCheck.org    Posted on May 5, 2014 http://www.factcheck.org/2014/05/cantor-mislabels-opponent/

Cantor Mislabels Opponent, The Sequel http://www.factcheck.org/2014/05/cantor-mislabels-opponent-the-sequel/#.U4Yz2VPcQN8.email

Cantor pressured from both sides on immigration http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cantor-pressured-both-sides-immigration

Dave Brat Press Conference on Immigration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP4_wJhradI&feature=youtu.be

Cantor Primary Challenger David Brat: Anti-Amnesty Mailer ‘Act Of A Desperate Campaign’  http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/28/Brat-Blasts-Desperate-Cantor-For-Misleading-Voters-With-Mailer-Claiming-11th-Hour-Switch-on-Immigration

Eric Cantor: The Amazing Adventures of Cantor and Gutierrez – Virginia Primary June 10 http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2014/05/eric-cantor-the-amazing-adventures-of-cantor-and-gutierrez-virginia-primary-june-10/

On to the Letter!

Good afternoon!

I don’t know how much you may already know about Dave Brat, the candidate who is challenging Eric Cantor in the upcoming 7th District Republican Primary on Tuesday, June 10th.    I have had the opportunity to meet Dr. Brat and hear his message upholding the Republican Creed and advocating for genuine conservative solutions in Washington.  I believe that, given his background, and his perspective, he would more effectively promote the interests of the 7th District, and the long-term interests of our nation, than Eric Cantor, especially given Mr. Cantor’s record in recent years.  I believe Dr. Brat is genuinely committed to small government, free-market principles and could provide true, much-needed, conservative leadership, especially regarding the fiscally irresponsible, seemingly endless, federal government spending and dangerous debt position that  threatens to completely collapse our economy and our country.  I encourage you to watch and share the two web videos, one that highlights discrepancies between Eric Cantor’s rhetoric and record, and one that promotes Dave Brat’s plan for the 7th District, and consider the points made in each.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
More information about Dr. Brat, his background, position on issues, and his plan for the 7th District can be found on his campaign website: www.davebratforcongress.com 
As a former supporter of Eric Cantor, I believe he initially did a good job representing the interests of the district and promoting conservative policies and legislation.  However, I have come to believe that, over time, he has lost his way and more and more, has abandoned integrity and the conservative principles of the Republican Party in pursuit of his own political interests.  It seems Mr. Cantor, like so many others, has become part of the “political machine” that has distorted the political process and governance of our country in the name of self-serving, crony politics, which is increasingly doing great harm to our nation.  So many of Mr. Cantor’s votes, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, and rhetoric in recent years seem to be calculated, self-serving, political posturing, rather than actions based on a sincere, conservative stance on issues.   In this election cycle, Mr. Cantor has even stooped to completely dishonest, underhanded political tactics to discredit Dr. Brat and manipulate the Virginia Republican Party, state politics, and constituents to his advantage.  (Below is a list of links to articles that provided me with some insight into the questionable and manipulative nature of Mr. Cantor’s actions and his seeming abandonment of principle for politics). 
This is an extremely important primary election, at an extremely critical time in our nation’s history, where we face many serious threats and issues on so many fronts.  Poll after poll indicate that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe our country is, and has been, moving in the wrong direction, yet we continue to elect the same people who are responsible for expanding the size and power of government and implementing the very policies and laws that are undermining the Constitution, crippling our economy, weakening our national defense and empowering our enemies, subverting our education system, over-regulating and restricting our freedoms, and, essentially, steadily destroying our nation.  I urge you to look closely into each candidate and consider the destructive direction our nation is being led, and whether Eric Cantor or Dave Brat would be the better representative who would earnestly pursue fiscal responsibility, and small government, conservative solutions in a meaningful way, and provide strong, principled conservative leadership at this critical time. 
As always, I share this email in an effort to provide information I have found to be helpful and observations that, I hope, will inspire greater engagement on the part of others who are interested in preserving the nation and the freedom that we so often take for granted.
Thank you!
*** Articles ****
Back any candidate you want as long as it’s one of these three    By: Ann Coulter                  4/16/2014 04:46 PM
These are our Leaders?  By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary)  |  April 24th, 2014 at 09:39 PM
Congress closes STOCK Act loophole created by Eric Cantor and GOP     Aug 3, 2012
Report:  House GOP Leadership Plan Procedural Trick to Avoid Obamacare Funding Fight
Matthew Boyle    Sept. 9, 2013
GOP House Approves CR That Funds All Obamacare–Including Regulation Attacking Religious Freedom          March 6, 2013 – 4:32 PM      By Terence P. Jeffrey
Cantor Endorses Military DREAM Act                Virginia Free Citizen    April 16, 2014
A Letter to Virginia Republicans                          May 16, 2014
Amnesty-Bound Eric Cantor Won’t Debate Dave Brat – Cantor Can’t Face Voters in Virginia’s 7th District?           by Maggie â€¢ April 26, 2014 â€¢

GOLDMAN: Exposing Cantor’s use of bogus website to attack opponent

Posted on: 9:57 am, May 20, 2014, by Paul Goldman, updated on: 10:42am, May 20, 2014 http://wtvr.com/2014/05/20/goldman-exposing-cantors-use-of-bogus-website-to-attack-opponent/

Weasel Watch: Eric Cantor                  Posted on May 11, 2014 by James A. Bacon
#FireEricCantor: Doc Thompson lays out the bizarre connection between Eric Cantor & George Soros       Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM EDT

*Meet Shak Hill – Republican Candidate for US Senate, Tuesday, March 4th 7:30pm

Join us Tuesday, March 4th, 7:30pm in the Community Room at Martins CrossRidge (10250 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen) Meet Shak Hill, candidate for the upcoming State Convention to nominate a Republican candidate for the United States Senate to run against Mark Warner. To become a  Delegate from Henrico at the District and/or State Convention, go to http://www.rpv.org/node/3578 and download the Mass Meeting Call and Pre-file form. Fill it out, make a copy for your records and mail it in before the March 21st deadline (postmarks do not govern). Want to know and understand more about Nominating Conventions? Then join us on Tuesday March 4th for a conversation about the importance of the Convention. Delegate forms will be available that evening […] more

Next meeting Feb 4th: Dave Brat

    *SAVE THE DATE* Tuesday, February 4th at 7:30pm Martin’s  Community Room 10250 Staples Mill Rd., Glen Allen    MEET DAVE BRAT Candidate for Congress 7th District From the Dave Brat for Congress Website:      http://davebratforcongress.com/ more

**SAVE THE DATE** Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:30pm Martins Crossridge

Join us with your ideas, questions, and comments. We will recap the election, talk about future actions and where we go from here. One of our strategies is to work with the Center for Self-Governance. You can find out more about them at http://www.tncsg.org/ . We will have Level 1 classes right here in Richmond on January 3rd and 4th. For those who completed Level 1 at the recent TPAC weekend, we will also offer Level 2. Looking forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas. In the meantime, have a blessed Thanksgiving! more

Tea Party Action Conference – November 15-17, 2013


Tea Party Action Conference 2013


November 15-17, 2013

DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Midlothian,

1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond VA 23235

“Changing the Rules of the Game”




Any elected officials you want to replace ?

TN Center for Self Governance – LEVEL I

Become empowered to influence Legislators, policy and elections.   http://www.tncsg.org/

Among their many successes, graduates of the TNCSG series of classes recalled the Colorado gun-grabbers

AND THEN got their candidates elected to fill the seats.

BREAKING NEWS: They have started recall of a 3rd Progressive! (Establishment objects J)

1st  half, Friday 1-5:30pm, 2nd half Saturday 2-6pm.    ( Level II will be given Jan 4th)

(TNCSG ticket required)



Turn the tables – Beat them with their own strategy!

Rules for Radicals

The Leadership Institute’s most “In-Demand” program – Friday evening

(For serious hard-core organizers and tacticians)

Friday, 6-7pm – Part I:  “Tactical Warfare” / The Context of Saul Alinsky.

Friday, 8-9pm – Part II:  “The 13 Rules” /  Grassroots  strategizing  vis a vis the Alinskyites.

Effectively engage and communicate using  their own Rules.


A Solution as big as the Problem!

“The Liberty Amendments” – Convention of States

Dr. Michael Farris – The FAQs / The Plan – Saturday morning

The Federal Government is broken. Washington D.C. will never voluntarily relinquish its power. Left unchecked, the government will continue to bankrupt this nation and destroy the liberty of the people. It is time for citizens and the States to act and thanks to the Founding Fathers we have the solution – ARTICLE V






  • Crisis Management – Chris Doss, Leadership Institute
  • Fight Stormwater regulations and the EPA – Rich Rothschild, County commissioner, MD
  • Convention of States – Implementing   ‘The Plan’- Dr. Farris, Convention of States.com
  • Start Twittering Today - Have BIG influence (Bring smart phone- Leave Twittering) Melody Scalley,
  • Intro to running for office – Thought about becoming a Candidate? Matt  Robbins, American Majority
  • Turn ideas into action  - Successful Project PlanningKris Allen, Engineer, Business Consultant,
  • Building Our Conservative Majority -  Russ Moulton
  • Grow Your Group / Best Practices – Erin Ryan (back by popular demand)
  • Minority Outreach  - Leah Durant, Terry Beatley
  • Taking your message outside the Tea Party  – Matt Robbins, American Majority
  • How to prosper in the financial crisis – back by popular demand, 2013 update – Charles Kraut
  • Make Heritage Action your partner – Melody Scalley



Informal meetups

(Saturday 6-7pm)

  • 7th District Residents – chat room
  • VIRGINIA FREE CITIZEN – Help shape public opinion.
  • CoLA Issue Teams – (TNSCG class highly recommended for CoLA activists)


(Sunday Morning)

GOD  –  Rev. Muhlenberg  (AKA, Travis Witt)  Back by popular demand

GUNS  -  Philip Van Cleave, VCDL,  1st appearance

GOLD  – (Personal  Finance)  Charles Kraut – Back by popular demand

GRUB  – East Coast Food Storage, Bob Parker  – Virginia’s own preparedness store.

GAB  – Ham radio (communications) – TBD

Also on Sunday morning -TOP WORKSHOPS REPEATED


STOP the Meals (Prepared Food)Tax


  •  A meals tax targets working people and families juggling kids and jobs.
  •  A permanent 4% meals tax is aimed at you. It taxes restaurants, convenience stores, fast food, fountain drinks, deli sandwiches and catering – even boxed lunches and your popcorn at the movies.
  •  Meals tax revenue goes into the county GENERAL FUND.  These funds are NOT dedicated to our schools (no Lock Box).  Each year the county school budget is up for vote by the County Board of Supervisors.
  •  100% of Henrico residents will pay this tax.
  •  Add the 4% meals tax to the 5.3% sales tax and you will pay an extra $9.30 for every $100 spent.
  •   A meals tax requires more tax collectors, auditors, enforcers and paperwork.  
  •  Unlike the real estate tax, a meals tax is non-deductible on your income taxes.

To see more informative videos about the Henrico Meals Tax(VOTE NO!) go to nomealstax.net

Meet EW Jackson, Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor

EW Jackson

Click on this link to hear a great Patriot!


*SAVE THE DATE* Tuesday, June 4th, 7:30pm Membership Meeting

Join us Tuesday, June 4th, 7:30pm at the Martin’s, 10250 Staples Mill Rd. Glen Allen, in the Community Room

We will recap the results of the recent Nominating Convention and our action plan for reclaiming our county and state. We will discuss strategies and ways to get involved. The Henrico County TEA Party is an ACTIVE group. Please get involved.

In the words of Thomas Paine….“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”


Lib·er·tynoun \ˈli-bər-tē\ Natural liberty consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. It is a state of exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life.   Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” Patrick Henry

Sometimes I wish I lived in Hanover County, birthplace of my favorite founding Father and often quoted Patrick Henry. But I am a Henrico citizen and on May 17th and 18th, like a lot of you, will represent our county as a Delegate at the upcoming Republican Party of Virginia State Nominating Convention. 

I am also a TEA Party Leader and have a responsibility to help lead and educate others in this fight for Liberty. Liberty – therein lies the rub. WHAT? Why would liberty as a TEApartarian ever be a struggle?  Let me explain.

The weekend of April 26th and 27th, 6 Henrico County TEA Party Leaders, along with 5 HCTP members, attended the Candidate Vetting Process organized by the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation and Middle Resolution PAC which is “committed to restoring the individual rights of all Americans as identified in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the framework of limited government as described in the U.S. Constitution. Achieving this mission requires the election of leaders who are committed to these principles and act consistently on the values of integrity, personal responsibility, courage and justice.” We were 1 of 31 TEA Party groups, with over 200 attendees.

In the live interview phase, 32 identical questions were asked of all 9 candidates vying for the nomination of Lt. Governor (7) and Attorney General (2). Each question was scored on a 0-5 scale. These totals were then added to the Preliminary score (based on Campaign viability and Opposition research). Some candidates scored really high in the Preliminary stage, others did not fare as well mainly due to incompletion and campaign viability.

When all was said and done, 2 candidates floated to the top – Corey Stewart for Lt. Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General.

For the panel of 10 from the Henrico County TEA Party, Mark Obenshain was the clear winner. But in all honesty, Corey Stewart was not our favorite, though he did rank 3rd. Needless to say, we were not in full agreement with the outcome. Then the backlash started against Mr. Stewart with emails and Bloggers in full attack mode discrediting the candidate and process. This has gone on for 2 weeks and continues.

We had Mr. Stewart speak at our TEA party meeting on May 7th and several members asked some difficult questions, some which were left unanswered or led to more questions. To Mr. Stewart’s credit he stayed around long after the meeting was over and spoke to individuals and clarified his answers. But, we were still not satisfied. If we were going to support the process, therefore supporting the candidates, we needed to be fully satisfied. One of the questions in the live interview phase was “If the Tea Party and allied groups should choose to endorse you for the nomination while, nonetheless, holding some reservation perhaps having identified some vulnerabilities would you be willing to meet with our representatives again to discuss those reservations?” On Friday, the VTPPF organized an event to get some answers to the TEA Party’s tough questions. For me and the other Leaders, this was a “make it or break it” time. We needed finality with the process and to make our decision whether to remain neutral, or embrace it and promote the candidate ranking.

In the meantime, Budget gurus Brent and Johnna Maney looked into the Prince William County budget and voting record of Board of Supervisor Chair Corey Stewart. In particular were the Real Estate taxes Mr. Stewart said he did not raise but kept at a level amount. They found he was telling the truth. At the Friday “Grilling”, Mr. Stewart was hit hard with questions regarding taxes, family values, his views on Sharia Law, Islam and his Muslim constituents, campaign propaganda and Agenda 21. He answered honestly, firmly, with conviction and no regrets. It was at that point when seemingly all of the Leaders present came to the same conclusion, this was someone we could get behind and support.

So what does the original discussion of Liberty have to do with this? As TEApartarians, we’re an independent lot and not sheeple. Therefore when a candidate is endorsed by a person or group and folks are told to get on board, we say to ourselves, “no one is going to tell me who to vote for“.  After all, isn’t that what true Liberty is all about? Yes and therein lies the rub. How do we assert our individual liberty and yet show the Establishment we are a viable force not to be trifled with? We do it by becoming a united front.  If we unite, we have a real chance to make a difference at the Convention by getting behind the one candidate with all the components:  a Conservative record, a strong campaign organization and staff,  financial backing and one who can stand up to the attacks from the Left. After all he survived the attacks from the Right!

Therefore, the Henrico County TEA Party Leaders, those who were part of the Candidate Vetting Process and those who were not, stand in support of the process and the ranking of Corey Stewart for Lt. Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General.

Anita Hile

Leaders & Vetting Process Participants

Glenn Diersen

Deb Giffin

Anita Hile

Mark Hile

Brent Maney

Dana Smith

Leaders in Support

Jo Brennan

Sylvia Diersen

Johnna Maney

Lorraine Smith


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