January 14, 2016 – Richmond, VA – The Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia, John Findlay, issued the following statement in regards to the decision today by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to support the State Board of Elections’ approval of the GOP Statement of Affiliation:

“As we noted earlier yesterday, Political parties have a right to determine how they nominate the candidates who represent them. The Republican Party of Virginia has a duty to defend its First Amendment right to free association and we are very pleased that the Court has denied the preliminary injunction as we expected.

This Statement of Affiliation isn’t about any one campaign or not welcoming more voters to the GOP Big Tent. We welcome all Virginians who want smaller, smarter government and a turn away from excessive government regulation in our tax code and in health care.”

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