Grassroots Leaders in Texas and Tennessee Launch "Volunteers for Virginia"
by Susan Fletcher on August 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Local grassroots leaders from the red states of Texas and Tennessee today announced the launch of Volunteers for Virginia, an independent get-out-the-vote project that will support Virginians in defeating Obama in November.
The project’s first event will take place this weekend at the NASCAR race held at the Bristol Motor Speedway where volunteers from Virginia, Texas, and Tennessee will be registering Virginia residents to vote. Many of the expected crowd of 165,000 who will be attending the Food City 250 Nationwide series NASCAR race on Friday, August 24th and the Irwin Tools 500 Sprint series NASCAR race on Saturday, August 25th are Virginia residents.
Volunteers for Virginia will be working side by side with We rVirginia an organization which is committed to coordinating the efforts of local grassroots leaders that are focused on getting out the vote on November 6th. We rVirginia will provide all the resources necessary to Volunteers for Virginia, including all lodging and food.
Lorie Medina, founder of the Frisco, Texas Tea Party and currently Chief Strategist for Texas Faith & Freedom Coalition said, "After Texas grassroots conservatives helped Ted Cruz become the Republican nominee for US Senate in an incredibly hard-fought Primary, we're ready to help other states. Activists around the state are ready to give their time and energy to support Virginia. And, we have several newly-elected Texas State Representatives that have won their Primary Elections. Now, they don’t have a Democrat challenger to contend with and want to lead activists from their District to Virginia to walk door-to-door."
Pat Fallon, Republican nominee from Texas House District 106 says, "I can’t wait to go to Virginia with some really great folks from Texas and share our message of limited government, low taxes and economic freedom. Virginia voters may very well determine this election and we’re eager to meet as many of them as possible."
Volunteers for Virginia will provide conservative activists from Texas and Tennessee the opportunity to make phone calls and write personalized postcards from their homes or travel to Virginia and participate in voter registration drives or walking door-to-door.
Nancy Smith of We rVirginia said, "We rVirginia is excited about partnering with fellow grassroots activists in Tennessee and Texas as we head into this heated election season. All eyes are on Virginia as a key battleground state in the race to the White House and We rVirginia is prepared to use every volunteer to educate voters across the Commonwealth about the importance of this election. With targeted data, door-to-door voter contact and issue based materials, We rVirginia expects to bring thousands of new and independent voters into the polls on election day."
We rVirginia, LLC is an independent group of Virginians active in local tea party groups and other various conservative organizations who have come together to execute a statewide get-out-the-vote effort. It is financially supported through local Virginia funding.
Texas Faith & Freedom Coalition, a newly formed faith based state affiliate of the National Faith and Freedom Coalition founded by Ralph Reed in 2009, is generously providing travel scholarships for Texas activists going in person to Virginia.
Michael Patrick Leahy, co-organizer of Volunteers for Virginia and a tea party activist from Tennessee, said, "For many red state conservative activists, their state's Electoral College outcome is inevitable and predictable. For a few important states, like Virginia, the end of the story has not been written. While this project is lead by Tennesseans and Texans, volunteers from any red state in the country are welcome to help out in Virginia. It’s not enough for conservatives in red states to see their own states through to victory. They want to use their talents, experience and passion to assist other swing states."
Anyone interested in participating in Volunteers for Virginia or learning more about the project may visit www.VolunteersforVirginia.com. In addition, Golden Corridor Republican Women will host a training program on September 6 at 6:00 p.m. on reaching out to the swing states and it is open to all like-minded conservatives seeking to make an impact in November’s election. The training will include a presentation by Lorie Medina on Volunteers for Virginia as well as additional avenues to reach these key swing states through programs like Code Red USA and Operation Swing State. For more information about this event or about Golden Corridor Republican Women, please visit www.gcrw.org.
About Volunteers for Virginia: Volunteers for Virginia is a collaborative project between We rVirginia, LLC and Election Day Tea Party, an initiative of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, an informal federation of thirty local tea parties from around the country who work in cooperation on national projects.