Rob Wittman is an embarrassment to the First District

First, the background.  Northumberland County is in Virginia’s First Congressional District that allegedly is represented by Rob Wittman (Republican, Montross) in the US House.  Wittman has done nothing for the First District.  He was — until the Democratic sweep in November 2018 — chair of the Seapower Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee where he became the darling of the naval shipbuilding industry, who have donated close to $1 million to his campaigns, in spite of his claims that he does not take money from defense industries.

Now — today, January 13, Wittman — with a new beard and mustache — appeared on Fox where he made a fool of himself.

Wittman’s Democratic challenger in November 2020 is Vangie Williams of King George County, VA.  She released this statement after Wittman’s ignorant tirade on Fox.  In November 2018, Vangie came close to defeating Wittman, 55-45 — she will win in 2020.

Official Response to Congressman Rob Wittman’s Appearance on Fox News

Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R – VA01) appeared on Fox News to comment on the federal government shutdown and how it is related to ongoing discussions about border security.  During the on-air interview, Wittman said, “people have a right to expect their government to work.”  He went on to state that the American people are coming to understand how bad the crisis is at the southern border.His hypocritical statements today on Fox News are nothing less than an insult to the intelligence of the people of the 1st District and all Americans.

First, Rob Wittman says he wants to reopen the government, but he actually voted against doing so.  Not only did he miss a vote on the House floor to consider the legislation to reopen the government, once the legislation was up for final vote, he voted against it.

Second, he stated that he asked Speaker Pelosi to keep the House in session through the weekend to come up with an agreement to fund the border wall to end the shutdown.

To that I have one simple answer: 382 days.

That’s how many Legislative Days the House of Representatives was in session during the 115th Congress (2017-18).  The GOP House and Senate majorities had 382 days to pass bills to fund the border wall.  Rob Wittman had 382 days to make the border wall a top priority and do something about it.  Instead, Rob Wittman voted repeatedly for spending bill after spending bill and never said a single word about a border wall.

It is clear to me and the people of the 1st District that Rob Wittman’s concern about the border wall is purely partisan and political in nature.

Third, Rob Wittman stated that the American people and even The Washington Post recognizes that there is a crisis at the border.   What he failed to mention was that The Post’s coverage cited the current administration as the reason for the crisis.  Wittman failed to mention that more people are returning to Mexico than entering from Mexico.  He also failed to mention that the border crisis has been largely created by separating immigrant families (and keeping children in detention facilities) and refusing to follow existing laws when it comes to those seeking asylum.

It’s a sad day when Congressman Rob Wittman must resort to outright dishonesty to justify his political positions.  Instead of fighting for the tens of thousands of families who are being negatively impacted by the shutdown, Rob Wittman is playing petty partisan politics.

I’ve said it before and I will certainly say it again: I don’t care whether it’s a Democrat or Republican in the White House, I don’t care who’s in the leadership in Congress, I will always stand up for what’s right for the people of the 1st District.

It’s sad that Rob Wittman can’t or won’t do the same.

That’s why we deserve better.

Message from our Chairman; reminder of first 2019 meeting

A message for members and supporters of the Northumberland County Democratic Party

The Northumberland County Democratic Party first meeting of the New Year is Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 7 PM in the Public Library in Heathsville, Virginia.   We will discuss plans for the year, and the 2019 and 2020 elections.
If you believe we already have outstanding representation in Richmond and Washington, you probably won’t want to attend.  However, if you are outraged at the statements and policies emanating from our capitols, please attend and help change the current dynamics by which we are governed.
If you cannot join us but would like to run for a Northumberland County School Board or Board of Supervisor seat in Districts 1, 4, or 5, please respond to me at or call 580-3530.
Thank you for your continued support of our Democratic Party.
Sincerely yours,
Frank Kober, Ed. D


Happy New Year — our first meeting

We hope everyone had a fine Christmas holiday season!!  Now, it’s time to charge ahead into 2019 and 2020 — both years will have a critical election.

Our first meeting of 2019:
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • 7:00 PM; bring a snack to share at 6:30
  • Northumbeland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville

Upcoming elections:

November 2019

This is an important statewide and local election.  We will vote for our representatives in the Virginia General Assembly.  Our current representatives are:

  • Virginia State Senate:  Ryan McDougal (Republican, Henrico).  As of January 2019, no challenger.
  • Virginia House of Delegates:  Margaret Ransone (Republican, Kinsale).  As of January 2019, Democrat Francis Edwards has announced he will challenge Ransone.

We also will vote for several Northumberland County offices:

  • Board of Supervisors, and, School Board in districts 1, 4 and 5; incumbents are Joe Self (1), Tommy Tomlin (4), and Ronnie Jett (5).
  • Constitutional offices:  Sheriff; Commonwealth’s Attorney; Commissioner of Revenue; County Treasurer
November 2020

This election is a REALLY BIG ONE.  We will vote for:

  • President of the United States
  • Vice President of the United States
  • One United States Senator from Virginia; incumbent is Mark Warner (Democrat); as of January 2019, no challenger.
  • Member of the US House of Representatives from Virginia’s First Congressional District.  Incumbent is Rob Wittman (Republican, Montross).  As of January 2019, Democrat Vangie Williams is challenging Wittman.