Yesterday, Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) delivered petitions to the Virginia State Board of Elections with more than 17,100 signatures to qualify him for the U.S. Senate Primary on June 12. Below is his statement:
“Thanks to much prayer and hard work, we achieved our goal,” Marshall (R., Manassas) said. “Now that I am on the ballot, my road to victory, as in the past, will depend on People Power to overcome Money Power. It will be the same in this primary election.
“The credit in reaching this goal goes to hundreds of grass-root volunteers who spent countless hours gathering petition signatures while I was busy on the people’s business in the Virginia General Assembly session.
“Since I announced my candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Jan. 12, these selfless, energetic and dedicated volunteers spent many hours collecting signatures by talking with friends, walking door to door, standing outside libraries and grocery stores, and attending political and civic meetings.
“We are setting dates for fund-raisers, state-wide mailings, media, signs and staff. Given the present state of the economy, I will demonstrate, as I have in all my past elections, that I am a candidate well-tested in running frugal campaigns and making every dollar count.”
Marshall has never voted for a tax increase since he was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1991.
In 2007, Marshall sued then-Gov. Tim Kaine and GOP leaders over a law establishing unelected taxing authorities. He prevailed when the Virginia Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the statute violated the Commonwealth’s constitution, blocking 14 new taxes in Northern Virginia and Tidewater.
“I had to buck the entire political establishment,” Marshall said, “but I knew my first allegiance was to the people. This is how I will serve in Washington, should the people elect me to represent them in the U.S. Senate.”
In 2010, Marshall authored Virginia’s “Health Care Freedom Act” being used by Virginia as the basis to sue the federal government over Obamacare.
“Free men and women cannot be ordered by government to purchase a product,” Marshall said.
Marshall also authored the “One-Man, One-Woman Marriage Amendment” to the Virginia constitution approved by voters in 2006.
“It is not hate speech to uphold standards for family affirmed by thousands of years of Judeo-Christian values,” Marshall said.
Marshall’s record shows he believes government must treat all human beings equally.
“Our Declaration of Independence states that all men are created, not born, equal,” Marshall said. “Our rights come from the hand of God, not man, and therefore no government is justified in removing the right to life, liberty or property from any person. This current president is so radically pro-abortion that he even voted against a law to provide medical help to children born alive after abortion. Tim Kaine would toe the Democrat party line in Washington, and I will do everything I can to prevent that.”
Kaine is the Democrats’ presumptive Senate nominee.
“Serious economic problems plague our country, robbing our children’s future and indebting our nation to foreign dictators,” Marshall said. “Do I think America can change direction? Absolutely! I would not be running for the Senate if I thought otherwise. Our Founders called for a moral people to animate government and preserve our freedom. If we want our freedom preserved, we must be eternally vigilant.”