By: Mike McDaniel. A ritual I engage in weekly never fails to slightly raise my blood pressure: the warning on gas pumps informing me the gas I’m putting in my vehicle contains up to 10% Ethanol. Government mandates of any kind invoke my ire, as I noted in The Joys Of Ethanol in June of 2013:
Today, at the urging of many Virginia conservative activists and grassroots leaders from across the Commonwealth, and hopeful for the support of thousands of like-minded grassroots conservatives who believe we need a party run by and for conservatives, I have made the decision to run for RPV State Party Chairman.
My bottom line? We need a Republican Party that keeps its promises.
I’ll promote candidates that truly believe in our Virginia Republican Creed – and will fight for it as if the fate of our Republic depends on it. Because it does.
A Republican party that keeps its promises and fights for our creed is a party that will deliver the better future we all want for our families, our Commonwealth, and our country.
The Republican Party promised the grassroots of our Party that if they did the hard work to help elect Republicans, Republicans would defund executive amnesty, defund Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, and curb deficit spending. Instead, after historic mid-term victories, these new Republican majorities passed budgets that did the opposite. Instead of standing on principle, our Republican leadership has allowed elected Republicans to walk away (again) from the promises they made to the rank and file. Like you, I’ve had enough.
There is a reason that over 65% of Republican Primary voters are opting for so-called anti-establishment candidates. The base of the Republican Party are loyal Republicans because of the principles of the Party – not because someone has an “R” next to their name.
Yet too many within the Republican Party have chosen not to keep faith and advance its principles – and as a result the Republican Party has alienated large numbers of its most loyal supporters.
At the present time, the urgent challenge facing the Republican Party isn’t extracting “loyalty oaths” from our base – it’s losing our base. Losing our identity as the party of freedom and opportunity. Losing sight of the very principles that make this nation of ours brave and free. Losing elections. The moment Republican leaders seek to wall out alienated Republicans whose only request is for the Republican Party to truly represent our creed, that’s the moment you know new leadership is desperately needed to restore the vision and greatness of the conservative movement and forge a new conservative coalition.
Instead, many now equate “being a Republican” to being in step with serial Republican capitulators in Congress. Even the Rev. Franklin Graham said he has left the Republican Party. I’m sure we all know folks who have become tired of the games certain Republicans play, folks who have wandered away and abandoned a party that for too long has abandoned its principles. Folks, if people like the Rev. Graham are leaving the Republican Party, maybe it’s time to ask if the Republican Party has left them.
Yet there are men and women of principle who want and deserve a better Republican Party. I’ve devoted the last 14 years of my life to that cause. I am proudly 100% pro-life, pro marriage, pro-2nd Amendment, anti-tax-and-spend. As RPV Chairman, I will fight for candidates who will stick to their guns and vote that way, and I’ll make sure national Republicans hear your voice loud and clear in Washington and in Richmond — not kowtow and compromise.
The time to restore our identity and trust in our Republican Party is right here and now. Let’s get candidates who are unafraid and unapologetic to stand on the very principles for which our Founding Fathers sacrificed their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.
With a Republican Party that guards its principles and keeps its promises, we can save our Republic. I earnestly look forward to your support, our conversation, and engaging with so many new friends over the next few months. Thank you for this tremendous opportunity to keep the promise. Let’s build a party worthy of our creed.
Meet Vince Haley
Born and raised in Virginia, I am defined by my family and by my Christian faith. I am the tenth of eleven children — six sisters and four brothers. My late parents were the rock of my life. As the father of three children, I look back in astonishment and deep gratitude as to how my mother and father managed such a large family.
Vince, his wife Bethany, and their three children.
I met my wife Bethany when she was working full time for Congressman Trent Franks on family public policy. We live in Richmond, VA with our two daughters and son. We moved here to raise our family and to be close to three of my sisters who have been living here for over 25 years. I am a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church.
I graduated from the College of William & Mary where I completed my undergraduate studies in Government and French. I earned law and masters degrees (Foreign Affairs) from the University of Virginia. On a Rotary International scholarship, I attended the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, earning a Masters in European Union Law.
In 2006, I led an effort to reverse a decision made by my alma mater William & Mary to remove the cross from its historic Wren Chapel. The effort – Save the Wren Cross – ultimately contributed to the permanent return of the cross to the Wren Chapel.
That experience led to my involvement with the Society for the College. It is a non-profit group dedicated to supporting William & Mary by a focus on academic excellence, good governance, and protecting the history and traditions of the College.
For a few years after law school, I practiced law in New York City and in San Francisco. But after 9/11, I was moved to change my career course. I wanted to do my part to keep our country safe, prosperous and free. I decided to return home to Virginia to focus on politics and public policy. I began by working as a researcher for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) to support the election of Republican candidates to the U.S. Senate in the 2002 elections. The NRSC team was successful that year in winning the majority to retake control of the Senate.
During that time, I met former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who asked me to do a study on the history of Constitutional Amendments. I was drawn to the idea of working with someone as creative and energetic as Gingrich.
For over a decade, I have worked with Gingrich in a number of capacities: health policy researcher; Research Director at the American Enterprise Institute, Vice President of Policy at American Solutions for Winning the Future; policy director and South Carolina based primary campaign liaison, and then later campaign manager of the Newt 2012 presidential campaign; and now Vice President for special projects at Gingrich Productions.
Conservative Author and Producer
Along the way, I researched and helped write several of Gingrich’s books including The New York Times bestseller Real Change, in which I was a contributing author.
I was honored to work with David Bossie of Citizens United in researching and helping to produce all of Gingrich Production’s documentary films, including Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, Rediscovering God in America and Nine Days that Changed the World, about Pope John Paul II’s nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979.
In each of these roles, I have been passionate about the opportunity to communicate and advance policies based on conservative values.
Article written by: Tom White