Elaine Luria’s Statement On Today’s Court Decision in The Democratic Party of Virginia v. Christopher E. Piper, et al.

September 5, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Today, Judge Gregory Rupe of Richmond Circuit Court, ordered independent candidate Shaun Brown be removed from the ballot in Virginia’s Second Congressional District, citing forgery and “out-and-out fraud.”

Elaine Luria released the following statement in response to today’s decision:

“Today’s decision by the Richmond Circuit Court makes no difference to how I will conduct my campaign. I have said from the beginning that I am running against Scott Taylor’s voting record. His votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would have removed health care coverage from 45,400 of his constituents, and his vote for the Republican tax bill that will increase the deficit by nearly two trillion dollars were irresponsible and favor big business over his own constituents. Additionally, Scott Taylor himself suggested that the debt could be paid for with cuts to Social Security and Medicare, two crucial programs that our families and veterans who earned these benefits depend upon.

From the time this fraud became public knowledge, Congressman Scott Taylor has dodged responsibility for the criminal actions of his paid staff.  He has blamed the ‘National Democrats,’ called it a ‘nothing burger’ and a ‘smear campaign,’ and threatened the individual who discovered the fraud. Scott Taylor has also said he did not direct his staff to take these actions and he would fire anyone involved in criminal activity.  Every individual associated with Congressman Taylor’s campaign who did appear in court today, including three staffers and his campaign consultant, invoked their Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate themselves when asked if he directed their efforts. And while that is their constitutional right, in this situation, it has the appearance of guilt.

As a Commanding Officer in the Navy, I could always delegate authority to the lowest level, but I could never delegate responsibility. Scott Taylor needs to stand up and take responsibility for what Judge Gregory Rupe called ‘out-and-out fraud.’  This is not the kind of moral character this district, or our country, deserves.”

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