Vince Haley emailed VA Right today a statement that he is withdrawing from the race for RPV Chairman. Here is his full statement:
Today, I have decided to withdraw from the race for RPV Chairman.
I entered the race at the 11th hour because I firmly opposed the now-rescinded RPV loyalty pledge. I believe that a Virginia Republican Party that is failing to keep its promises has very little standing to demand such an arbitrary pledge of loyalty, especially from its most ardent supporters.
The loyalty pledge was also deeply troubling because RPV had a better nomination process available in the form of a Republican-run statewide convention to choose a Republican candidate for president. If the desire of Virginia Republicans is to nominate candidates who will best defend the principles of the Republican Creed – which it should be – then conventions are the best way to nominate those types of Republicans.
Republican grassroots – not career politicians – are the ultimate keepers of the principles of the Republicans party.
To the extent Republican grassroots are in charge of our nomination process, we will be a party of principle.
To the extent Republican grassroots are diminished in our nomination process, we will tend toward a party of power over principle.
If anyone doesn’t think it matters how we choose our Republican nominees, then ask how has it come to pass that Virginia Republicans have supported three large state tax increases over the last 12 years accompanied by a doubling of state spending. Ask why it is that some Virginia Republicans are now voting in favor of gender ideology in our laws. Ask why some of our Republicans in Congress failed to follow through on defunding executive amnesty, Obamacare, and Planned Parenthood.
I entered the race to make the case for a Republican party that keeps it promises. The RPV loyalty pledge was a clear example of the machinations that allow elected officials to step on the scales in favor of their “chosen” candidates. It provided yet another example of how things have gone wrong and why so many voters who ardently share the principles of our party have become totally disillusioned with participating in the political process.
Now that the loyalty pledge has been rescinded, and after spending some time evaluating the race, I realize that the biggest rationale for my candidacy has, in a sense, been resolved.
Nevertheless, there is still a critically important conversation to be had about how we can do better as a party to uphold and defend our principles. I am committed to being a constructive voice in that conversation, and I wish John Whitbeck the greatest measure of wisdom and success as he seeks to lead the RPV through a turbulent presidential election year. I firmly believe that it is only through being true, fair, and consistent about our principles, and the way we elect those to defend and advance them, that will we be a party that excites our grassroots, engages new voters, and wins statewide elections.
Article written by: Tom White