With no reservations, I support the election of Democrat Jane Dittmar to Congress.
From 1990 until 2002, I was an elected Republican and served two terms as chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. I believed in the Republican Party’s ethics of small government and support of small business. I attempted to live out these values in my votes on the Board of Supervisors and my prior 10 years of service and service years as chairman of the Albemarle County Planning Commission.
We have had enough of Republican obstructionism. We need Jane, with her small-business background and mediation skills, representing us and breaking through the gridlock in Washington to get things done.
CHARLOTTESVILLE—Before tonight’s debate, Jane Dittmar’s campaign released Tom Garrett’s top ten most ridiculous lies and hypocritical statements.
“Tom Garrett continuously repeats in our debates “You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts,” said Dittmar campaign manager Tom Vandever. “Well, Tom’s opinions and his ‘facts’ seem to be flat out incorrect or cherry-picked to fit his needs, and we hope the media holds him accountable to his own words during tonight’s debate.”
“As we exit the stage, to make sure that we’re passing the baton not only to Hillary Clinton,” he said, “but also to a Congress that is willing to do the people’s business.”
President Barack Obama is endorsing 30 more House candidates Monday, expanding his effort to use his rising popularity to help Democrats looking to flip or hold swing districts across the country — and crush them under the association with Donald Trump.
“The president’s proud to stand with these Democratic candidates who understand that the gridlock and obstruction in Washington needs to end next January,”
Obama’s already taped ads and robocalls for several candidates, and more is expected in the final two weeks until Election Day.
The endorsements “make the case to voters that Democrats will put people first and make real progress for our country, while Republicans will continue to put party over country by supporting Donald Trump as their standard-bearer,” said Kelly Ward, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Sunday evening.
Governor McAuliffe Statement on Ruling Extending Voting Registration
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today after a federal judge ordered that Virginia’s voter registration process be extended until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 21, 2016:
“I am pleased that the court has agreed with the request to extend Virginia’s voter registration period after unprecedented web traffic prevented many people from completing their registrations online before the original deadline. The Commonwealth will fully comply with the court’s order and extend our registration process online, in-person and through the mail.
“The Virginia Department of Elections and the Virginia Information Technology Agency have been working overtime since Monday night to expand the capacity of the system that allows Virginians to register to vote online, and I am confident that the steps we have taken will provide an improved experience to people who use it.
“However, I do want to urge Virginians who are interested in registering to vote to act as quickly as possible and, if they are able, to take advantage of all of the available ways to register to vote during this period, including visiting a local registrar’s office or a Department of Motor Vehicles office.
“Additionally, in the event that there are unexpected technology issues, we urge Virginians to contact the Department of Elections and indicate that they are attempting to register, so that staff can follow up and ensure that they make it through the process.
“The right to vote is one of the most sacred tenets of our democracy and we should do everything we can to make it accessible to as many people as possible. I am pleased that we are able to offer the individuals who were unable to register another opportunity to make their voices heard and we are working hard to ensure that this process, as well as the remainder of this election cycle, is smooth and easy for everyone who participates.”
CHARLOTTESVILLE—Jane Dittmar, 5th District congressional candidate, today denounced the attempt by the Garrett campaign to resurrect a long-resolved one-car accident from 1999 to deflect attention from his failing campaign.
“Tom Garrett is trying to retry a case that was settled in court over 17 years ago,” said Dittmar. “Regarding this traffic violation I was guilty of a traffic accident—nothing more, nothing less. My DMV record has never had a DUI violation and I have never been convicted of a DUI violation.”
Earlier this summer, attorney Ron Tweel, who represented Dittmar at the time, confirmed that the LEXIS-NEXIS report was in error and that the case did not result in a DUI conviction.
“I’m disgusted that my opponent, who should understand due process, would sink to this level. He is desperate. He is polling badly and knows he may well lose this race, and so he’s opted ‘to go low.”
“People do not expect candidates to lead perfect lives, but they do expect them to learn from their mistakes. I learned my lesson and have not had a traffic accident since before the turn of the century.”
“This is the kind of politics that makes good people unwilling to run for office—career politicians who will do anything to gain and stay in office,” stated Dittmar. “We need positive change in Washington, not ‘burn down the house’ career politicians.”