In the following email, Sen. Richard H. Black endorses Bob Marshall for U.S. Senate.
Dear Fellow Virginians,
On June 12th all polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm for a Republican primary to determine our candidate for U.S. Senate. The winner of this election will challenge Tim Kaine in the general election this November.
I strongly urge you to vote for Delegate Bob Marshall, Virginia’s strongest conservative voice and the only candidate who has ever challenged Democrat Tim Kaine, and defeated him, on issue after issue. If we are going to turn our country around, we can’t do it with the same ole, same ole. We need a bold, constitutional conservative who will fight to bring this country back from the brink. Bob Marshall is that conservative!
Bob Marshall has won 12 contested elections — more than any other candidate in the race. Two of the other candidates have never run for public office at any level before. Only two of the candidates have any significant Capitol Hill experience, and Bob Marshall is one of them. Bob’s Capitol Hill experience includes working for subcommittees and as office staff for members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
No one in Virginia has fought harder or more effectively to block taxes than Bob Marshall. Governor Tim Kaine’s signature achievement was the enactment of HB 3202, which raised 14 new taxes and created taxing authorities who were not responsible to voters. Even after the bill became law, Bob refused to quit. He filed suit and obtained a unanimous verdict from the Virginia Supreme Court overturning HB 3202 with its 14 new taxes. This action prevented taxation without representation from taking hold in Virginia.
Bob Marshall’s list of conservative achievements is unparalleled. Bob Marshall sponsored the Marriage Amendment, the Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion, and the Religious Conscience Law that bars discrimination against adoption agencies for following their moral teachings. Delegate Marshall has a deep understanding of our history and isn’t marred by political correctness.
Bob Marshall is the finest parliamentarian in Virginia. This is key. The late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, spoke regularly of the vital role of parliamentary procedure in controlling the flow of legislation in the Senate. A master of parliamentary procedure can move good legislation forward and bring bad legislation to a screeching halt. I witnessed Bob’s skill first-hand as his seatmate in the House of Delegates, where time and time again, he made bold, shrewd parliamentary maneuvers at critical moments that turned the political tide. No other candidate in this race can match Bob Marshall’s skill.
On these, and a multitude of other high-visibility issues, Bob Marshall led the way. No single individual has greater potential to change the direction of America today. It has been said that “we get what we deserve” in Washington because we put them there. We deserve a bold man of principles who will inspire a nation in need of true leadership.
Please vote for Delegate Bob Marshall as our Republican nominee for U.S. Senate tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12th.
Richard H. Black
Senator of Virginia, 13th District