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Ed Gillespie's Tea Party Conundrum Receives Widespread Coverage

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Just a few days ago, Ed Gillespie tried to dodge the press, changing his town hall discussion with the Northern Shenandoah Tea Party first to a closed door, private meeting and then (when word got out) to a phone call, in order to keep out "the liberal press," according to organizers. 
In response, the Gillespie camp first told the Washington Post that the switch was because “tele-town-halls are easier for people to participate in who couldn’t otherwise make it out to a meeting.”  But then, Ed Gillespie seems to have changed his tune opting to tell the Northern Virginian Daily that the move was a calculated effort. The tea party organization even stated that their meeting became a private, closed event in order "to have a serious discussion without this being twisted by the press."

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What Does Ed Gillespie Not Want You To Hear?

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Last week, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Patriots Tea Party invited community members to an event billed as a town hall and forum with Ed Gillespie and Barbara Comstock. Oddly enough, just recently, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Patriots felt compelled to make the speaking engagement "more private" due to the possibility of "liberal press" and "supporters of the opponents" who could be in attendance.

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More Questions than Answers

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A full 48 hours have passed since news broke that while Ed Gillespie was chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, the organization conducted an internal investigation into a "risky campaign finance scheme." It appeared that the RSLC was involved in a plan to move hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe through the RSLC to the Alabama Republican Party from January 2009 to March 2011.  Gillespie, who chaired the organization from January 2010 - January 2014 and received $654,000 in payments from the group, declined to answer reporter questions for the story. Two days later, Gillespie is still silent and has yet to tell Virginians what he knew about the scandal.

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Virginia Democrats Call on Ed Gillespie to Condemn RPV Treasurer's Comments

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Republican Party of Virginia Treasurer, Bob FitzSimmonds, is at it again with another downright offensive comment. Well-known for posting a sexist slur to his Facebook earlier this year, FitzSimmons has once again fired ofa bigoted remark on Facebook suggesting Muslim Americans, among other religious denominations, have contributed nothing to America. Virginia Democrats' Executive Director Robert Dempsey released the following statement:

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Virginia Democrats’ Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

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Today marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of Medicare and Medicaid by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In response to this historic milestone, Virginia Democrats’ Executive Director Robert Dempsey released the following statement:

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DPVA Statement on Ruling in Bostic v. Rainey Case

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Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, based in Richmond, affirmed Virginia’s marriage ban is unconstitutional as it is in violation of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In response to the decision, Margaret Sacra, President of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, & Transgender Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia issued the following statement:

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Ed Gillespie Can Only Duck, Dodge & Offer Soundbites in First Senate Debate

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It is no surprise that in the first debate, Ed Gillespie could only duck and dodge questions on the issues most important to Virginians: climate change, contraception, immigration reform (the list goes on..). Ed Gillespie made it abundantly clear that all he can offer are soundbites, not solutions, for Virginians. Take a look at what they're saying:

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DPVA Statement on Today's VBA Debate

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RICHMOND -- After Senator Mark Warner's clear victory during today's Vi

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DC Lobbyist Ed Needs to Learn the Economic Realities of Southwest Virginia

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Gillespie cannot identify one thing he would d

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Welcome to Southwest Virginia, Ed: Bluefield radio host educates Gillespie on minimum wage workers

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A week has passed since Ed Gillespie's condescending remarks that minimum wage jobs are about playing softball surfaced, and Gillespie continues to repeat the same misleading talking points on the issue. Today, during an interview with Bluefield radio station WHIS, Gillespie again ignored the fact that many Virginians earning the minimum wage are supporting families and working second jobs when he described minimum wage workers as "living with their parents." Fortunately for Ed, the show's hosts were there to educate him on what earning the minimum wage in Southwest Virginia is really like.

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