Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tripp Godsey a 100 percent conservative 100 percent of the time

Tripp Godsey, Republican Primary Candidate for 21st Senate District

Governor Bob McDonnell endorsed Tripp Godsey’s primary opponent but he is not deterred. He says he will be “conservative 100% of the time versus Nutter’s sometimes.”

He announced his intention to be the nominee of the Republican Party at a June 2 Roanoke Tea Party meeting. Godsey is intent on defeating State Senator John Edwards (D-21) in November but first must beat the surprise entry to the race Delegate Dave Nutter (R-7) in an August 23 primary.

Godsey, 47 owns and operates two Farmers Insurance agency locations. He lives in the Jefferson Hills section of Roanoke City with his wife Melissa and their three children.

Though he didn’t bank on a primary opponent when he first announced he believes the primary will give him an advantage. It will help his name recognition and help to get his message out. He is committed to making an all-out effort to be successful in the primary.

He first came to the Roanoke Tea Party’s attention in the summer when President Chip Tarbutton said Godsey answered their call for a candidate willing to challenge Senator Edwards. The Roanoke Tea Party has called Edwards the most liberal member of the Virginia legislature and “not so gently” placed a target on Edwards’ back. Godsey was unanimously endorsed by the Roanoke Tea Party on July 18.

President Chip Tarbutton said, “The Roanoke Tea Party is delighted to find such an upstanding citizen with no previous political experience willing to step forward and do something about the current state of our Commonwealth and Nation.”

“It couldn’t be more clear [Edwards] is at one end of the political spectrum and I’m at the other,” said Godsey.

Government regulation and its effect on business along with the uncertainty of Obamacare fuels his determination. Godsey said he “will protect Virginia citizens from the abuse of the federal government when it acts outside of its constitutional authority.”

He tells conservative voters that Nutter is a “sometimes conservative” and that “Nutter voted for the largest tax increase in Virginia history” under Governor Mark Warner. He takes issue with Nutter’s vote mandating 6th grade girls to be given the HPV vaccine though he later voted to repeal it.

He said he would fight for personal property rights and against the Board of Education that “without constitutional authority has imposed rules and regulations on Virginia schools that have hurt not helped.” Godsey supports school choice while Nutter supports charter schools.

He says that Nutter voted against individual’s privacy by voting for surveillance cameras on roadways. He also said Nutter voted against Governor McDonnell’s plan to eliminate funding for public broadcasting. Godsey would have voted against the cameras and for elimination of funding for public broadcasting.

On immigration Godsey takes Nutter to task for allowing illegal immigrants out-of-state educational benefits.

Godsey subscribes to the “rightful remedy” of states to nullify laws interpreted as unconstitutional. It would take 37 states to declare a federal law null and void. He would defend the 10th amendment and any attempt to end federalism.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s ardent opposition to the federal government and its mandates has been Godsey’s inspiration. He is also in ‘total agreement” with Governor Bob McDonnell’s plans for school choice.

Godsey graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1982 and received a B.A. in public administration at Elon University. Godsey is a lifelong resident of Virginia.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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Comments (7)

[…] Tripp Godsey, 47 a Roanoke City resident is owner of two Farmers Insurance agency locations. Christiansburg resident Delegate Dave Nutter, 56 is employed by Virginia Tech. Both sought to one-up the other touting their conservative values. […]

Jack Mcguire

July 27th, 2011 at 2:22 PM    

Like to see Godsey win. And either of them beat Edwards.


July 28th, 2011 at 12:16 AM    

Like Godsey, this article does a lot of talking, but puts little effort into explaining the many parts that make up the whole when it comes to bills—not surprising for someone that has never served in public office.

The bill Nutter voted for that allowed illegal immigrants out-of-state tuition benefits brings substantial revenue to the state of Virginia, like many students that attend our universities from other countries. The same bill strives to strengthen the rights of LEGAL immigrants. I suggest reading it.

Similarly, HB2035 was the first time there was a vaccine to prevent cancer (cervical). This mandate also included the largest open-ended exemption, not requiring a reason for refusal, religious or otherwise. Parents simply had the right to refuse for their child.

I want a candidate that can win against Edwards. With all of Nutter’s endorsements from Governor McDonnell, Senators Smith and Obenshain, and more, Nutter’s got my vote. You can’t take away experience and respect from someone that’s earned it.


July 28th, 2011 at 12:38 AM    

Hello Karen,

On immagrant education benefits Godsey’s point was that they should receive no benefits because they are illegal.

Others may see it as unfair to illegal immigrants – kids brought here by illegal parents and the kids having no choice in the matter.

The vaccine – I would imagine that he believes it is a rights issue. In otherwords instead of opting out it should be an opt in if you want your child to have the vaccine.

Now these are clear views for voters to vote on Aug. 23. AND many others.

[…] coverage of the Tripp/Nutter debate here and a really positive article here. Tripp spent the day in Giles County today and continues to work hard to pull off the upset. He can […]


July 28th, 2011 at 12:09 PM    

There are many students – good students, of parents who have paid their taxes diligently, for years – who are denied admission to Virginia schools due to lack of space. (Particularly VA Tech, JMU). Anyone who would vote to allow illegal immigrants access to those seats before legal residents clearly needs a refresher course in “Common Sense”.


July 30th, 2011 at 5:23 PM    

Even Cuccinelli who supports federalism disagrees with interposition:

The federation objected, and Attorney Gen. Cuccinelli, in private consultations with the Roanoke group, agreed, noting how Southern states had unsuccessfully invoked the doctrine in the 1960s to resist federal civil-rights legislation.

“Interposition had a place in history, I told them, and it is not an exalted one,” Mr. Cuccinelli said.

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