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My Friends and Supporters,

Well, we certainly gave the Tenth Congressional District Party Canvass all of our energy and effort, but sadly did not cross the finish line first.  

Our final percentage of the vote, 28.2%, put us well ahead of all other competitors in the field with the exception of the nominee, Delegate Barbara Comstock.  As I hope you know by now, initial reports that we lost the City of Manassas and did poorly in our own backyard of Prince William County were not true!  In fact, adding to our own performance that of the other four candidates who collectively garnered 17.54% of the vote, the overall “non-establishment” conservative vote amounted to roughly 46%.  You can see the full vote results at: http://vagop10.org/canvass-results-balloting-station/

I am very proud of the inspiring efforts of the grass roots Marshall Team that gave us “wins” in the counties of Frederick, Clarke and Prince William as well as the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  Finally, we only fell short of winning the City of Winchester by 22 votes and performed quite strongly in one of the three Loudoun voting locations. 

Unfortunately, I did not have the advantage of having one of the 10th District polls located in my own home precinct as was the case with Barbara, but nonetheless we prevailed in all of the voting locations close to my home precinct (as well as the others mentioned above).  I would like to express my personal gratitude to the voters in my home precinct who had to travel a half-hour to get to our Prince William poll.  Your support and extra effort in getting out to vote are especially appreciated.  My thanks also to Marshall voters in Frederick and Western Loudoun who also had to travel extra miles to get to their closest poll.

With roughly two months to campaign, organize and raise funds and we simply fell short.  I take responsibility for that loss.  But what we accomplished with little funding and little time was most certainly not a wasted effort, for our conservative message was heard and people everywhere were glad we carried forth a message they could rally behind.

I am very grateful for the effort of my hard-working Campaign Manager, Bob Allen, who has been a loyal friend for over 35 years, long predating my entry into public life.  And his wife, Roseleen, could not have been more supportive.

Another friend of many years, Fran Griffin, spent countless hours writing and releasing our endorsements and press releases.  Thank you Fran!

And, of course, I cannot say enough good things about our selfless volunteers, some of whom called voters every day for weeks on end, others who traveled hours to walk door to door to support our effort spending their precious time and treasure.  Barbara Dodge and her team were truly tireless and unrelenting in their door-to-door work. Wonderful students from Seton School in Manassas also campaigned unstintingly!  Jay Marts was an inspiring motivational force in the western portion of the District.  Thanks, Jay!

To those who “stuck their necks out” to endorse me, although I have already publicly expressed my appreciation and gratitude to each of you each time a new endorsement was published I would like to wholeheartedly thank you once again! The advance of true conservatism in our culture can only be achieved through a chorus of voices stating and restating our core principles.

To those who held receptions in their homes for the benefit of my campaign, I thank you for your graciousness and hospitality!

To those who invested financially in the campaign, I will be forever grateful for your support.  

And last, but certainly not least I want to thank my family: first, my dear wife and ally, Cathy, who slept little and gave her all throughout the days and nights of campaigning; next, my sons who instantaneously developed the campaign website to the accolades of many political observers and who composed our brochures and sent our emails; next to my daughter who kept my 90 year old Mom company so that Cathy and I would be able to attend almost daily campaign events; and finally, my six-year-old grandson who kept me laughing (and humble) and put stamps on letters to help the effort in his own little way.  

Winning is, of course, what we all aimed for, but being faithful to the cause and speaking the truth are equally important. 

Our Republican Creed spells out the importance of our belief in God and the need to strengthen the moral fiber of the country.

Our Founders recognized that our Creator granted us inalienable rights. They set up our form of government dependent upon citizens who respected “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” These are the foundations of America and we disregard them at our own peril.

I ran for office because I was willing to serve. In America, the people decide, and the people have spoken, and now we turn to defeating the Democrats in November.

We cannot afford more government expansion, higher taxes, or more regulations which are killing our economy and increasing socialism.  We must retract, not expand, our fraud-ridden social welfare programs which hurt, not help people improve their lot in life.

We must oppose judges who arrogantly impose their own personal judgment over the clearly expressed will of millions of voters by issuing ridiculous decisions that attempt to defy Nature.  We must fight those actions at the highest levels of our government which threaten our constitutional separation of powers.   We must reject crony capitalism which is foreign to free enterprise and demand that Congress not relegate their war powers to the President.  We must resist efforts that are turning the land of the free and the home of the brave into a lawless, police surveillance state.  We are losing our liberties because of a collective lack of vigilance.

Although I am very sorry to have disappointed those who hoped we would succeed, the fight continues and each of us has a place in it although we know that the ultimate battle has been won by our Lord and Savior!

Also remember that our Republican Party came into our Nation’s existence in the late 1850‘s to combat the related moral evils of slavery and polygamy.  Both practices denied in different ways the fundamental equality of man established by our Creator. 

Today most Americans fear our devastating national debt and weak economy.  This is understandable because we all need to make a living and it is frankly immoral to push this debt onto future generations. 

But we also face profound moral evils, such as the intentional taking of a child’s life before birth (abortion), and the historically unprecedented claims that Marriage is no longer a relationship solely between one man and one woman (same-sex marriage).     

Make no mistake: as the family structure weakens, government gets stronger, more expansive, more expensive, and more intrusive, affecting our lives, schools, communities and pocketbooks. Remaining indifferent is not an option.

How these and other policies are addressed or left unaddressed will affect us in all aspects of our lives.  Phyllis Schlafly, has fought hard to keep child protection and traditional Marriage in our Republican platform.  The Nevada Republican Party removed its opposition to abortion and same sex marriage at their state convention on April 12, 2014, a terrible mistake in my judgment.

Just recently Alabama Supreme Court Justice Thomas Parker ruled. “Because an unborn child has an inalienable right to life from its earliest stages of development, it is entitled not only to a life free from the harmful effects of chemicals at all stages of development but also to life itself at all stages of development. Treating an unborn child as a separate and distinct person in only select respects defies logic and our deepest sense of morality.”

As you know, the Republican and Democratic Platforms are as far apart as the North and South poles.  Clearly, Mr. Foust, the Democrat nominee to succeed Frank Wolf, and Senator Mark Warner, have significantly different world views than we do.  We cannot let the Democrats have a free ride in November! 

It was my hope to address the issues I’ve cited above (and more) as your Congressman, but will now refocus my time and attention to addressing related issues in Richmond.

It has always been an honor to serve you as a State Delegate, and I will continue to do so to the best of my ability.  To that end, I would hope that you remain in contact with me, send me your ideas for legislation, and let me know if you need my help on matters involving state government in any way. 

Remember the phrase on the Archives Building in Washington, “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty” and keep fighting for our beloved country!  

Delegate Bob Marshall

Congressional Candidate, Delegate Bob Marshall, Receives Endorsements from Republican Leaders, Elected Officials, Pastors, Military Leaders, Second Amendment Advocates, and National Leaders

MANASSAS, VA - 4/24/14 - Since entering the race just 10 weeks ago for the GOP nomination to replace Congressman Frank Wolf, Delegate Bob Marshall has received endorsements of Republican leaders, elected officials, pastors, military leaders, Second Amendment advocates, national leaders, educators, and even a movie producer.

Senator Dick Black of Virginia praised Marshall for "being instrumental in the passage of the Marriage Amendment, the Ban on Partial Birth Abortion and a multitude of other laws dealing with everything from roads and schools to laws affecting privacy and healthcare."

Delegate Mark Berg called Marshall "a powerfully effective member of the House of Delegates a statesman for our time in the noble tradition of our Founding Fathers," who would work to defund and dismantle Obamacare.

Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, stated that Bob Marshall "has distinguished himself in over two decades in Richmond as a principled and fierce defender of our Virginia and U.S. Constitutions. He is an intellectual warrior who'll never shrink under the slings and arrows of outrageous Washington liberals."

Bill Fox, Member, Loudoun County School Board, said that, "Bob Marshall is the only legitimate candidate in the race who takes seriously the conservative values of liberty and limited government."

Susan Stimpson, the former Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, and a contender for the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor last year, supports Marshall because he is courageous, "a fearless leader" and "he fights as if lives depend on it." 

Keith Fimian, an entrepreneur, businessman, and Republican leader stated: "Bob is someone who has proven he can lead.  He doesn't hide his principles or change his positions to satisfy polls, political winds or pressure from the Republican establishment."

Marc Aveni, a Manassas City Councilman since 2006, said of Delegate Marshall, "he is never too busy to help city residents who have questions about state government issues to cut through the bureaucratic red tape, if needed, for them."

Bishop E.W. Jackson, the Lt. Governor candidate last year, said: "Bob Marshall is exactly the person we need standing up for us in Congress at this critical time!"

Pastor Michael Hirsch of Calvary Christian Church, and Chair of both the Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots, and the Fredericksburg Republican Party, commented that  "Bob Marshall is someone who understands the Constitution, who understands Christian principles, and someone who will fight for them without compromise."

Pastor Jay Ahlemann, founding pastor, Christian Fellowship Church, Ashburn, Virginia, stated: "Delegate Bob Marshall has a proven record of standing for principles and values. Don't take chances with your vote. We need a proven leader. Bob Marshall IS that leader."
Rev. William Cook, Founder and Executive Director, Black Robe Regiment of Virginia, wrote: "Bob Marshall is a man of true conviction and a legislator with a proven track record who voters can trust to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic' and represent the values that are important to 'we the people.'"

Phyllis Schlafly, a constitutional lawyer, national speaker, author of 20 books, and founder of Eagle Forum, said: "The Founders understood that our inalienable rights come from our Creator, not government. I am grateful that Bob has not lost this foundational vision throughout his more than 20 years of service in Virginia's General Assembly."

The Honorable Robert K. Dornan, Congressman (R-CA, 1977-1997): "Bob Marshall is a modern day Patrick Henry. He is one of the most principled men in the political realm whom I have ever met. He is a consistent Constitutional conservative."

Mark Fitzgibbons of ConservativeHQ.com, wrote: "Bob Marshall is a principled and consistent leader for freedom, opportunity and prosperity.  He helps ensure that government respects and obeys the rule of law."

Two prominent Second Amendment organizations have endorsed Bob Marshall for Congress, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the National Association for Gun Rights. Larry Pratt, Executive Director of GOA, and a former Member of the House of Delegates, stated: "I have carefully observed our state legislators and find Bob Marshall to be one of the finest I have ever met. I continue to be impressed with his persistence in proposing legislation to guarantee our liberties, Constitutional freedoms, and the right to keep and bear arms."

Charles M. McKinney of Ashburn, former Virginia Chairman of Veterans for McCain, and former Chairman of Loudon County Republican Committee, said: "As a U.S. Marine, I urge all voters, but especially all veterans and active duty personnel, within the 10th District to vote for Bob Marshall -- a man of total commitment, integrity, character and courage. The kind of man many others can only hope to emulate."

General Jerry Curry (U.S. Army, ret.), a statesman, courageous soldier, diplomat, and government leader, praised Bob Marshall as "an activist for upholding our Constitutional liberties. His innovative bills have been important to the Commonwealth. Delegate Marshall has a wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of the fundamental issues that affect all of us from education to energy independence to the economy to international affairs."

Ron Maxwell is an independent filmmaker who has written and directed two Civil War era motion-pictures Gettysburg; Gods & Generals and Copperhead, offered this reflection: "Bob Marshall is the candidate most focused on the average working man and woman, on their access to good paying jobs. He's the only candidate whose first concern is the safety, welfare and job opportunities of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants."

Anne W. Carroll, historian, author, and Director of Seton School in Manassas, said: "Other candidates might have pro-life credentials, but Bob is the only one who has a long-term, proven record of never compromising on life issues.  He has never wavered in his pro-life principles, in spite of attacks, sometimes vicious. He speaks out when everyone else is silent or waffling. Day in and day out, Bob Marshall stands for the right to life of every person, from conception until natural death. If your concern is life, vote for Bob Marshall."

Delegate Bob Marshall, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1991, is running for the Republican nomination for Congress in a GOP "Firehouse Primary" on this Saturday, April 26. The voting will take place at ten polling locations throughout the 10th District, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Frederick and Clarke Counties, and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester. 

For more information, visit www.bobmarshallforcongress.com or call Delegate Marshall on his cell phone at 571-409-0588, or contact Fran Griffin, media consultant, at 703-862-6741.

Race to Replace Congressman Frank Wolf Heats Up in Virginia as money from Paul Singer becomes an issue

Marshall to Comstock: Give the Money Back

MANASSAS, VA, 4/7/14 - Delegate Bob Marshall, a member of the Virginia Assembly, is strongly pressing Barbara Comstock to return her share of $400,000 in campaign contributions raised at a recent New York City fundraiser.

The fundraising event was hosted by Paul Singer, the billionaire same-sex marriage advocate, for Comstock and two other Republican women running for Congress.

Marshall cited a Washington Post blog about the fundraiser. (See http://wapo.st/1lFaVt1.) Both Marshall and Comstock are Republican candidates for the seat being vacated by Congressman Frank Wolf in northern Virginia's 10th Congressional District.

"Donors support the candidates they believe will support their agendas," Marshall said.  "You don't see pro-gun groups donating to gun control candidates."

"How can Barbara Comstock take so much money and convince Republican voters she upholds the Republican Party platform advocating traditional marriage?"

The GOP platform asserts, "We believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman, must be upheld as the national standard Š"

Marshall said that Comstock previously accepted $80,000 from Paul Singer through 2013.  Singer has spent more than $10 million on homosexual marriage causes in the United States and elsewhere, according to a Feb. 18 Politico article. 

Comstock also has accepted $18,700 from attorney Ted Olson, who has been hired by Singer to file lawsuits to overturn state traditional marriage laws.  Olson undid California's Proposition 8 and recently called a court ruling invalidating Virginia's Marriage Amendment a "beautiful decision."

"Barbara Comstock attempts to dismiss Singer's targeted largesse by pointing out other candidates who have accepted his donations," Marshall said.  "However, she fails to reveal that those other candidates accepted Singer's money before his same-sex crusade began in 2010."

Marshall said he wonders whether well- known Catholics who support Comstock - such as former Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) and a former Vatican ambassador - are aware of these donations.

"I doubt they would be comfortable with this," Marshall said.  "I hope they, too, ask her to return this money."

Marshall observed that the homosexual lobby engages in unseemly tactics that are more about "submission" than tolerance, such as bringing about the recent firing of Brandon Eich, Mozilla's chief executive officer, because he contributed $1,000 in 2006 to support California's Proposition 8 affirming traditional marriage.

"Conservative and Republican business owners and officers well might be subjected to gay hiring quotas if Comstock is elected to Congress and if she votes for the so-called gay 'non-discrimination bill' in Congress," Marshall said.  

"Unless Comstock gives the money back today, her disavowals of Singer's gay marriage influence will ring hollow with most Republicans.  And they still might ring hollow even if Comstock returns the money because the question is raised about why she sought and accepted so much money from a gay marriage advocate in the first place." 

DelegateBob Marshall, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1991, is one of six candidates vying for the Republican nomination for Congress in Virginia's 10th Congressional District. A GOP "Firehouse Primary" to choose the nominee is being held on Saturday, April 26.

The voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at just ten polling locations throughout the 10th District, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Frederick and Clarke Counties, and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester. 

For more information, visit http://www.bobmarshallforcongress.com or call Delegate Marshall on his cell phone at 571-409-0588.

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Congressman Bob Dornan Endorses Delegate Bob Marshall of Virginia

Praises Him for Crafting No-Military Abortions Legislation

"A Rare Triple Treat in the Reagan Tradition"

FAIRFAX, VA --  The Honorable Robert K. Dornan, Congressman (R-CA, 1977-1997) has endorsed Bob Marshall for Congress in the upcoming April 26 primary to fill the vacancy left by Congressman Frank Wolf's retirement in Virginia's 10th Congressional District.

"Bob Marshall is a rare triple threat to liberals and Democrats in that he is a powerhouse in all three areas that President Reagan said 'a true conservative' must lead: social issues, economic policy, and defense. Bob's knowledge and expertise in these areas, the Reagan triad, is almost unmatchedŠ equaled by a few good men and women in politics, but NEVER surpassed," said former Congressman Dornan, who was labeled as "one of the leading firebrands among American politicians" in the Almanac of American Politics.

"During my first of nine terms in the Congress, as a freshman from liberal California, providentially I hired Bob Marshall to work for me in preparing and writing legislation in these three areas of public policy," Dornan explained. "What a blessing it was to have him at my right hand. Bob's skills in crafting bills are exemplary, and he has carried this talent and experience from the U.S. Congress to his work in the Virginia Assembly.

"He was, during my tenure in the U.S. Congress, one of the top parliamentarians there. And that was more than a few years ago. He has continued to hone his skills as a Member of the House of Delegates, writing some of the best legislation that Virginia has ever seen.

"For instance, it was Bob who devised the famous Hyde Amendment to cut off federal funding for abortions. More recently he wrote the Constitutional Marriage Amendment, approved by we voters of Virginia in 2006. (Yes, 'we,' as I've voted as a proud Virginian for a decade.)

"We can thank Bob for the fact that Virginia was one of the first states to file suit against Obamacare. Bob Marshall wrote the law which gave then-Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli standing to sue the federal government. Bob also sued Governor Tim Kaine - and won by a vote of  seven to one in Virginia's Supreme Court - to block 14 taxes imposed by unelected taxing authorities.

"And by Bob's tough standards, every bill that he has ever worked on, every piece of legislation, has to meet his own strict criteria: 1) Would it help preserve the liberty and freedom of all citizens? 2) Would it maintain the moral fabric of society? and 3) Could it be a means to stop immoral practices such as abortion, infanticide, and so-called same sex marriages? If only every legislator in the U.S. Senate and House, and in every chamber of every legislature in all 50 states, had this noble criteria!

"I see my pal, Bob, as a modern day Patrick Henry. I mean that. He is one of the most principled men in the political realm whom I have ever met. He is a consistent Constitutional conservative. Party labels are not of primary importance to him. What matters to Bob Marshall is the preservation of our Constitutional rights, the protection of precious human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and the advancement of God-fearing governance, keeping in mind that all good comes from our Creator.

"Bob is steadfast in his determination to dismantle the destructive leftist setbacks we've suffered, and block the leftwingers' arrogant agenda. He will fight hard to restore Virginia, and our nation, to what our Founding Fathers dreamed of, sacrificed for, and succeeded in creating for us and our children," Bob Dornan said.

"Please, please read about his outstanding achievements legislatively at his website.  I assure you, Bob Marshall is the Congressional candidate of conviction and experience and courage to take the torch from Frank Wolf and carry on my friend's solid legacy.

"I will be spending as much of my time as I can to get Bob elected.I urge you to do the same. Get involved now. Please work for him.  Recruit volunteers for our campaign. Support his candidacy financially if you are able. There are just weeks left before the April 26 Primary Election. I hope to see you on the campaign trail!" Bob Dornan said.

"I am humbled by Congressman Dornan's kind words on my behalf," commented Delegate Bob Marshall. "Even before being elected to the Congress - and to this day -- Bob Dornan was and is considered a leading spokesman and advocate for pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage, and conservative causes. He served in the U.S. House from California from 1977 to 1997. It is because of a bill he sponsored, which I helped to craft for him, that no abortions have been allowed in the military from 1979 even to this day.

"Bob Dornan had an illustrious career as an Air Force jet pilot, a fearless Congressman and as an award-winning TV talk show host and radio program host. He has been married for 60 years, and has 5 children, 15 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren," Delegate Marshall said.

Delegate Bob Marshall is running in the Republican "Firehouse Primary" being held on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at just ten polling locations throughout the 10th Congressional District of Virginia, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Frederick and Clarke Counties, and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester. 

For more information, visit http://www.bobmarshallforcongress.com or call Delegate Marshall on his cell phone at 571-409-0588.

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