PRESS RELEASE: No Show LuAnn Bennett – Just Not That Into #VA10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Point of Contact:
Eric Johnson
Executive Director
703-766-4467

September 27th, 2016 – Fairfax, Virginia – LuAnn Bennett is just not that into Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. By repeatedly not showing up to major public events attended by other Democrats throughout the District – including many events attended by the 2014 Democrat nominee, Bennett has shown little desire to get to know our community.  Even the Washington Post has conceded that Congresswoman Barbara Comstock is outworking her opponent by reporting recently that the congresswoman “puts a premium on constituent services” and is ever present in the District. 

 “It is no secret that from day one of her flailing campaign, LuAnn Bennett was just not into Virginia’s 10th Congressional District,” said Matt Ames, Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. “Moving from her D.C. Ritz Carlton suite and renting in McLean, LuAnn Bennett has been trying to buy this seat with a million dollars of attack ads against Barbara.  She skipped public 9-11 events earlier this month and goes to events where the Washington Post noted ‘…many of the people approached by Bennett lived in Maryland or elsewhere in Virginia.’ It is clear that LuAnn Bennett simply does not have a clue of how to campaign in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District because she is getting advice from Arlington and D.C. Democrats.  Recently she told an audience in Loudoun that Metro stops ‘are about to be open’ even though they aren’t opening for 4 years in 2020!  And she’s made clear she would not be an advocate for the 10th District but instead would be a rubber stamp for Hillary Clinton saying she thinks Hillary ‘deserves a Congress that works for HER [Hillary]’!  Congresswoman Comstock understands we need a Congress that works for us and the priorities of the 10th District. 

 “Congresswoman Comstock has shown the same vigor and tenacity since she first ran for Delegate and beat an incumbent.  Barbara is everywhere because she talks to people in our community and the issues that they care about.  It is unfortunate to see LuAnn Bennett and her campaign mock this type of campaigning, but it is what we have come to expect from somebody who just a year ago was living at the D.C. Ritz Carlton.” 

Here are just a few public events where LuAnn Bennett has been a NO SHOW even though other Democrats often attended many of these (updated on September 27th):

·         Bluemont Fair

·         Lovettsville Oktoberfest

·         Ashburn Village Fest

·         Leesburg Air Show

·         South Riding Fall Festival

·         McLean Hamlet Annual Picnic

·         Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak 10th Annual Pig Roast

·         Police Appreciation Dinner, Clarke County

·         Addiction to Hope Rally, Winchester

·         Haymarket Day Parade

·         Great Falls Freedom Memorial Annual 9-11 Ceremony

·         September 11th Remembrance Ceremony in Leesburg

·         September 11th Ceremony in Purcellville

·         Lovettsville Patriot Day Ceremony

·         HopeFest Health and Wellness Fair

·         Vietfest

·         Korean Independence Day

·         Heroin Vigil in Loudoun

·         Clarke County Fair

·         Prince William County Fair

·         50th Anniversary of Loudoun County parks

·         Loudoun Virginia Economic Development office opening

·         Hillsboro Parade

·         Hamilton Parade

·         Lovettsville Parade

·         Great Falls 4th of July Parade

·         Oatlands Annual event

·         McLean Project for the Arts annual event in May

·         Celebrate Clifton Gala

·         Fiesta Boliviana

·         Loudoun Tourism Awards

·         Discover Prince William and Tourism Awards

·         Life with Cancer event

·         Burgundy and Gold Joe Gibbs Banquet

·         Loudoun Lyme 5k

·         Punjabi Mela

·         McLean Little League or any Little League Opening

·         Asian American Chamber of Commerce annual event

·         Lovettsville Mayfest

·         Boulder Crest Hoe Down

·         Josephine Improvement Association event

·         Hope Chinese School

·         NVTC Hot ticket event

·         Bengali Association event at Bull Run

·         Red, White and Bram festival in Brambleton

·         Manassas Boys and Girls Club Reception

·         Great Falls Bluebell Event to Benefit Riverbend Park

·         Historic Marker Dedication at Riverbend Park in Great Falls -anniversary of Pres. Madison’s river crossing at Conn’s Ferry in 1814.

·         McLean Chamber of Commerce 55th Anniversary

·         Korean American Association of Greater Washington First Responder Appreciation Dinner

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#StopTheMealsTax

This November, Fairfax voters will vote on a 10% tax on all prepared meals sold in the County. FCRC opposes this tax that hurts low and middle income families. Please donate today to support our fight against this tax or we will all be paying more taxes after November 8th!

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Fast Facts: 2016 Meals Tax Referendum

 The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a ballot measure for a new 4% tax on all restaurant meals and prepared food sold in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Republican Committee opposes the proposed tax, and we urge Fairfax County voters to vote NO on November 8.  Here are some key facts about the proposed tax:

  • The meals tax would be in addition to the existing 6% sales tax, for a total tax of 10%. This will nearly double the tax County residents currently pay on prepared foods.
  • The new tax would be added to every purchase at every kind of restaurant, even fast food.  Prepared food items such as rotisserie chickens purchased in a grocery store and hot dogs bought at a convenience store also will be taxed at the new 10% rate.
  • Studies have shown that the burden for the increased tax will fall hardest on the most vulnerable people in the County, especially low-income families, senior citizens, young people, and busy families where both parents work.
  • Restaurant employees will be hit as well, particularly those who depend on tips for most of their income. A study by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington showed that customers often tip less to make up for the tax, so restaurant employees end up with less income.
  • You may hear that some of the anticipated revenues from the tax are to be spent on the public schools.  But this is a sham:  the Board of Supervisors must still decide every year how much money to give to the School Board, and the Supervisors are not legally bound to increase the school budget by the amount the meals tax brings in.  If the voters approve the referendum, our taxes will go up – but school spending may not.
  • Even if the School Board gets more funding, there is no guarantee that it will be spent directly on teacher salaries or children’s education, or that every school in the County will benefit from the increased funding.  We are all being asked to sign a blank check.
  • The tax singles out the food services industry, which provides 40,000 jobs in Fairfax County.
  • Profit margins in the restaurant industry average 4%:  that’s the amount the business owner gets to keep.  A 4% tax means the government wants 100% of restaurant profits.
  • The restaurant industry is intensely competitive, and most restaurant operators are small business owners.  Even small increases in costs or reductions in sales can force a restaurant out of business, and put people out of work.
  • This is not a new idea. In 1992, the Board of Supervisors proposed the same tax, and voters said NO.  In 2014, the Board brought it up again, but under pressure from residents and businesses, decided to wait.  Now they are back, and now we need to vote it down.

Bottom Line: The tax will unfairly burden those who are the least able to pay it, and there is no guarantee that the money will be used for the purpose claimed by its proponents.

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Matt Ames
Darian Downs
Ron Wright
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Jim Williams & Rosie Oakley
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No Show LuAnn Bennett Strikes Again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Point of Contact:
Eric Johnson
Executive Director
703-766-4467

September 13th, 2016 – Fairfax, Virginia – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (Republican-VA) is out working with and hearing from constituents every day.  The residents of the 10th Congressional District know Barbara Comstock is on their side, and it shows.  Just last Friday, at the annual “Hob Nob in the Valley” sponsored by the non-partisan Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce, Congresswoman Comstock earned 80.62% of the vote in the annual straw poll, while LuAnn Bennett earned a dismal 18.50%.

Maybe it was that trouncing, but “No Show LuAnn” was nowhere to be found this past weekend – she even missed September 11th remembrance services held across Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

“It’s pretty clear that Barbara’s opponent is phoning it in and trying to buy this seat from her suite at the D.C. Ritz Carlton,” said Matt Ames, Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.  “She’s bought a million dollars in attack ads against Barbara but couldn’t even be bothered to attend any of the public 9-11 commemorative events this past weekend.  Even Democrat Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, who was inexplicably fundraising in Northern Virginia on September 11, managed to attend a remembrance ceremony in Great Falls. Barbara’s opponent doesn’t just skip cultural events like Vietfest and Korean Independence Day — she belittles them, and mocks Barbara for attending.  Barbara is out in the community at every opportunity, honoring and staying in touch with all of her constituents, because she knows she can’t represent folks if she doesn’t know them.

“Barbara’s opponent has even missed events that other Democrats routinely attend.  For instance, she skipped the McLean Chamber 55th anniversary celebration and the McLean Project for the Arts annual event. She has never belonged to a Virginia business group and has been absent at signature technology events.

“It’s clear that LuAnn Bennett is not focused on the 10th Congressional District:  She’s running for a job in a potential Clinton Administration, not for a seat in Congress.  LuAnn Bennett is just like the other millionaires that Democrats tried to run against Frank Wolf for so many years:  an out-of-touch partisan with no real ties to our community.”

Here are just a few public events where LuAnn Bennett has been a NO SHOW even though other Democrats often attended many of these (updated on September 13th):

•       Great Falls Freedom Memorial Annual 9-11 Ceremony
•       September 11th Remembrance Ceremony in Leesburg
•       September 11th Ceremony in Purcellville
•       Lovettsville Patriot Day Ceremony
•       HopeFest Health and Wellness Fair
•       Vietfest
•       Korean Independence Day
•       Heroin Vigil in Loudoun
•       Clarke County Fair
•       Prince William County Fair
•       50th Anniversary of Loudoun County parks
•       Loudoun Virginia Economic Development office opening
•       Hillsboro Parade
•       Hamilton Parade
•       Lovettsville Parade
•       Great Falls 4th of July Parade
•       Oatlands Annual event
•       McLean Project for the Arts annual event
•       Celebrate Clifton Gala
•       Fiesta Boliviana
•       Loudoun Tourism Awards
•       Discover Prince William and Tourism Awards
•       Life with Cancer event
•       Burgundy and Gold Joe Gibbs Banquet
•       Loudoun Lyme 5k
•       Punjabi Mela
•       McLean Little League or any Little League Opening
•       Asian American Chamber of Commerce annual event
•       Lovettsville Mayfest
•       Boulder Crest Hoe Down
•       Josephine Improvement association event
•       Hope Chinese School
•       NVTC Hot ticket event (NO SHOW at any NVTC event)
•       Bengali Association event at Bull Run
•       Red, White and Bram festival in Brambleton
•       Manassas Boys and Girls Club Reception
•       Great Falls Bluebell Event to Benefit Riverbend Park
•       Historic Marker Dedication at Riverbend Park in Great Falls -anniversary of Pres. Madison’s river crossing at Conn’s Ferry in 1814.
•       McLean Chamber of Commerce 55th Anniversary
•       Korean American Association of Greater Washington First Responder Appreciation Dinner

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LuAnn Bennett Refuses To Oppose An Annual $96 Million Tax On Your Meals In Fairfax County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Point of Contact:
Eric Johnson
Executive Director
703-766-4467

September 8th, 2016 – Fairfax, Virginia – Fairfax County Republican Committee Chairman Matt Ames made the following statement on LuAnn Bennett’s continued silence on the proposed total 10% sales tax on all restaurant meals and prepared food in Fairfax County:
“LuAnn Bennett supports a 10% Meals Tax on food and drinks prepared at restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, doughnut and coffee shops and convenience stores throughout Fairfax County. This 10% Meals Tax would make local families pay more for their food and would disproportionately hurt seniors on fixed incomes, and low-income and two-earner families who are the primary consumers of prepared foods.  Fairfax County is home to hundreds and hundreds of restaurants and shops, including many diverse and ethnic restaurants, which will lose business and hurt job growth if this 10% Meals Tax were enacted.

“It should be alarming to our community that LuAnn Bennett supports an estimated $96 million tax in new taxes and burdens on those who eat and work in our local restaurants.  We know LuAnn Bennett has already promised to be a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.  It’s not surprising she’s so out of touch with our local businesses and residents, because her entire career has been based in the high tax Washington, D.C. and she hasn’t even lived in the 10th District for most of the past decade.  We need Congresswoman Barbara Comstock who has worked closely with and been endorsed by our local businesses and local leaders.”

Fast Facts: 2016 Meals Tax Referendum

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a ballot measure for a new additional 4% tax on all restaurant meals and prepared food sold in Fairfax County.  This is on top of the 6% tax that already exists – making this a new 10% tax on food.  The Fairfax County Republican Committee opposes the proposed tax, and we urge Fairfax County voters to vote NO on November 8.  Here are some key facts about the proposed tax:

·       The meals tax would be in addition to the existing 6% sales tax, for a total tax of 10%. This will nearly double the tax County residents currently pay on prepared foods.

·       The new tax would be added to every purchase at every kind of restaurant, even fast food.  Prepared food items such as rotisserie chickens purchased in a grocery store and hot dogs bought at a convenience store also will be taxed at the new 10% rate.

·       Studies have shown that the burden for the increased tax will fall hardest on the most vulnerable people in the County, especially low-income families, senior citizens, young people, and busy families where both parents work.

·       Restaurant employees will be hit as well, particularly those who depend on tips for most of their income. A study by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington showed that customers often tip less to make up for the tax, so restaurant employees end up with less income.

·       You may hear that some of the anticipated revenues from the tax are to be spent on the public schools.  But this is a sham:  the Board of Supervisors must still decide every year how much money to give to the School Board, and the Supervisors are not legally bound to increase the school budget by the amount the meals tax brings in.  If the voters approve the referendum, our taxes will go up – but school spending may not.

·       Even if the School Board gets more funding, there is no guarantee that it will be spent directly on teacher salaries or children’s education, or that every school in the County will benefit from the increased funding.  We are all being asked to sign a blank check.

·       The tax singles out the food services industry, which provides 40,000 jobs in Fairfax County.
·       Profit margins in the restaurant industry average 4%:  that’s the amount the business owner gets to keep.  A 4% tax means the government wants 100% of restaurant profits.

·       The restaurant industry is intensely competitive, and most restaurant operators are small business owners.  Even small increases in costs or reductions in sales can force a restaurant out of business, and put people out of work.

·       This is not a new idea. In 1992, the Board of Supervisors proposed the same tax, and voters said NO.  In 2014, the Board brought it up again, but under pressure from residents and businesses, decided to wait.  Now they are back, and now we need to vote it down.

Bottom Line: The tax will unfairly burden those who are the least able to pay it, and there is no guarantee that the money will be used for the purpose claimed by its proponents.

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No Show LuAnn Bennett Just Isn’t That Into The 10th District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Point of Contact:
Eric Johnson
Executive Director
703-766-4467

 

September 2nd, 2016 – Fairfax, Virginia – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (Republican-VA) is out working with and hearing from constituents every day, while her opponent LuAnn Bennett (Democrat–Ritz Carlton, DC) focuses on introducing herself to primarily Democrat activists in a District she isn’t familiar with because she hasn’t lived in the 10th Congressional District for most of the past decade and her entire career is focused on the DC Real Estate scene.

“While LuAnn Bennett was in Napa Valley with her friend Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was receiving The U.S. Chamber endorsement at a local Loudoun winery. It seems LuAnn is bored with the 10th. When asked by a liberal blog on what impact she would have on policy if elected, LuAnn Bennett (Democrat–Ritz Carlton, DC) talked about her boondoggle trips with her out-of-touch ex-husband, former 8th District Congressman Jim Moran. She likes to travel! Congresswoman Comstock is out in our community talking with her constituents 24/7. No one works harder for the people of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District”, said Matt Ames, Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.

Here are just a few public events where LuAnn Bennett has been a NO SHOW even though other Democrats often attended many of these:

  • Vietfest
  • Korean Independence Day
  • Heroin Vigil in Loudoun
  • Clarke County Fair
  • Prince William County Fair
  • 50th Anniversary of Loudoun County parks
  • Loudoun Virginia Economic Development office opening
  • Hillsboro Parade
  • Hamilton Parade
  • Lovettsville Parade
  • Great Falls 4th of July Parade
  • Oatlands Annual event
  • McLean Project for the Arts annual event
  • Celebrate Clifton Gala
  • Fiesta Boliviana
  • Loudoun Tourism Awards
  • Discover Prince William and Tourism Awards
  • Life with Cancer event
  • Burgundy and Gold Joe Gibbs Banquet
  • Loudoun Lyme 5k
  • Punjabi Mela
  • McLean Little League or any Little League Opening
  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce annual event
  • Lovettsville Mayfest
  • Boulder Crest Hoe Down
  • Josephine Improvement association event
  • Hope Chinese School
  • NVTC Hot ticket event (NO SHOW at any NVTC event)
  • Bengali Association event at Bull Run
  • Red, White and Bram festival in Brambleton
  • Manassas Boys and Girls Club Reception
  • Great Falls Bluebell Event to Benefit Riverbend Park
  • Historic Marker Dedication at Riverbend Park in Great Falls -anniversary of Pres. Madison’s river crossing at Conn’s Ferry in 1814.
  • McLean Chamber of Commerce 55th Anniversary
  • Korean American Association of Greater Washington First Responder Appreciation Dinner

 

 

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The Fairfax County Republican Committee is grateful to those who wear the uniform in our community, and protect and serve every Fairfax County resident. In these difficult times for law enforcement across the nation, we want to show our support and gratitude. If we can gather the names of 5,000 County residents, we will contact the Chief of Police and the Sheriff and ask them to inform their officers and deputies that the Fairfax County GOP and 5,000 citizens have their backs.

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Regulation Freedom Amendment

PROPOSED RESOLUTION OF THE FAIRFAX COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

IN SUPPORT OF THE REGULATION FREEDOM AMENDMENT

WHEREAS, the business community in the United States, and especially small enterprises, currently struggles under numerous and onerous federal regulatory burdens imposed by unelected bureaucrats;

WHEREAS, these burdens eventually make themselves known to the American consumer in the form of cost increases on all facets of the essentials of life, becoming in essence a hidden tax;

AND WHEREAS, other Constitutional rights, including those guaranteed by the First and Second Amendments, are threatened by regulations imposed by bureaucrats who are not accountable to elected officials;

WHEREAS, despite broad support from Republican Members of Congress and some Democrats, attempts to curtail the abuses of federal regulators by legislative action have so far been met with little to no success;

AND WHEREAS, a federal law, even if enacted by Congress could be repealed, weakened or waived by a future Congress;

WHEREAS, the Regulation Freedom Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would permanently require that major new regulations be approved by Congress before they could go into effect;

AND WHEREAS, just as pressure from the states helped force Congress to propose the Bill of Rights, pressure from the states could also force Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Republican Committee urges Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment, which says:

“Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that Regulation;” and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Republican Committee urges Virginia state legislators to join with us in urging that Congress propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee is hereby authorized to contact and encourage other local units of the Republican Party in the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt the two foregoing resolutions.

 

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ADOPTED by majority vote at a duly called meeting of the Fairfax County Republican Committee on June 21, 2016.

 

 

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Lynne Blankenship

Secretary