Letter to the Editor: Vote Mark Warner out of office


I have a call for valley conservatives: we can make the difference in the Nov. 4 election if we show up and vote for Republican Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate.

This may sound simple, but here are the facts. In the 2012 presidential election, Shenandoah County put up 12,000 votes for Republican Mitt Romney. Last year, however, Shenandoah County yielded just 7,000 votes for the conservative ticket. To put this in perspective, Sen. Mark Obenshain lost his bid for attorney general last year by 907 votes. If 20 percent of the missing 5,000 conservative votes would have shown up last year, Virginia would have an attorney general willing to fight Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s liberal agenda.

For voters who tend to only vote in “important” elections, make no mistake, this year’s election is vital to send a message repudiating President Obama’s failed policies and to set the tone for the 2016 presidential challenge.

On the health care front, all we need do is examine our paychecks to see rising rates. Anecdotes of folks losing their preferred health care plans abound. Despite months of warning about the Ebola virus, we have yet to see a cohesive American response and action plan. The same is true of ISIS; the president admitted to the country last month that he didn’t have a plan addressing the growing threat of the militant Islamic State. In all these failures and more, Sen. Mark Warner has supported Obama’s agenda 97 percent of the time. Despite this, up until a few weeks ago, Warner, the wealthiest member of the U.S. Senate, was deemed unbeatable.

The tide is turning. Gillespie’s hard-fought campaign and clear strategy for economic growth is hitting home in Virginia. Despite Warner’s millions, recent polls have Gillespie trailing in the single digits and the election could come down to a handful of votes. I’m calling all Shenandoah County conservatives to vote Warner out of office Nov. 4. We can’t afford six more years like the last six years, and, if we all show up, we can make the difference.

Chad Logan, Chair
Shenandoah County Republican Committee