Conservative firebrand Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William County has entered the crowded Republican primary field in Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District. With Marshall in the race the campaign to replace retiring Virginia Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10) has become another battle between a boat rocking conservative and an establishment Republican with backing from the discredited Bush and Romney wing of the GOP.
And Marshall lost no time in defining it in pretty much those terms.
Marshall said Wednesday in an interview with Ben Pershing and Michael Laris of The Washington Post that his chief opponent, Del. Barbara Comstock of Fairfax, has failed to push conservative legislation in a host of crucial areas.
“Nothing on marriage, nothing on protecting the right to life, nothing on the Second Amendment,” Marshall said in an interview with Pershing and Laris. “I’m aggressive on those things. There’s a difference between someone who leads on these things and someone who just votes on them.”
Marshall went straight at the Republican establishment in his interview with The Washington Post’s reporters saying that it’s time for him to move from being a Richmond legislator to being one in Washington, where he can take on President Obama more aggressively than House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has, particularly on Obama’s use of executive actions to make changes to the Affordable Care Act.
“What has Boehner done to stop it? If he’s done something, he’s done it in the closet. I can’t see it. This is destroying representative government,” Marshall told the Post reporters.
In a news release announcing his candidacy, Marshall said, if elected, he would not vote to increase taxes and would “be on the front lines to defund and dismantle Obamacare.” He said he would also block all new or expanded federal entitlement programs to reduce federal debt.
Marshall also said in his announcement that he would oppose “the creation or maintenance of a police surveillance state to spy on us,” would promote domestic energy production, would “be a tireless fighter for our constitutional rights including life, liberty and private property” and would “oppose the executive assault on congressional powers.”
“I know that our rights come from the hand of our creator, that government receives its power from the people through their elected representatives, the purpose of government is to protect these rights, and government leaders must be servants, not masters,” Marshall concluded in his announcement. “Experience shows that the means best able to secure these rights are the institutions of private property and limited government with elected officials who answer to and are held accountable to the public.”