Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Rep. Bobby Scott
In a press conference call today DPVA Chair Susan Swecker said “These are human beings who served their time and live and work in their community. I would hope that Speaker Bill Howell understands that civil rights are not limited to him and his friends.”
Swecker added that Republicans true motivations and priorities are on full display. “They are demonizing people and callously throwing around more ugly rhetoric. Trying to divide us and turn people against each other.”
The right to vote is a right and not a privilege, said Rep. Bobby Scott (CD-3). Republicans at every opportunity are trying to deny people the right to vote and suppress the vote. The
Brian McGinn, Public Affairs Specialist at the United States Attorney Office for the Western District of Virginia said that the Department Of Justice is in the midst of a hard hiring freeze. “When that freeze lifts the Community Outreach Coordinator position that Gwen Mason held will be advertised and filled,” he said.
McGinn emphasized that the position has not been eliminated and Mason made a choice to leave the position but was not forced to leave due to elimination of funding. He stressed “that this change in personnel is not related to the success of the program or its funding, it’s simply a personal choice by a departing employee.”
Community Outreach Coordinator Gwen Mason will resign the position on May 5 and join U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s staff as Roanoke Regional Director.
See Gwen Mason becomes part of Tim Kaine’s staff
“The Coordinator position has not been unfunded or eliminated. In fact, the Executive Office of United States Attorney’s (our regulating body) has actually extended funding for the position through the end of FY13. In addition, all indications point to this position becoming a permanent, full-time post within our district,” said McGinn.
The program was started as a pilot project three years ago and has proven successful, both here and across the country. There are dozens of community outreach coordinators in US Attorney’s Office’s throughout the nation and we fully expect to have a full-time, permanent community outreach coordinator here in the WDVA in the near future explained McGinn.