Virginia Beach Republican Committee Chair Forwards Racist Email


    (Updates, including Glenn Nye’s, Scott Rigell’s, and DPVA’s statements, are after the “fold.” – promoted by lowkell)

    David Bartholomew, Chair of the Virginia Beach Republican Committee, has been forwarding around a “joke” via email. The only problem, other than the fact that it’s not particularly funny, is that it’s blatantly racist. Check it out.

    MY DOG

    I went down this morning to sign up my Dog for welfare.

    At first the lady said, “Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare”.

    So I explained to her that my Dog is black, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak

    English and has no frigging clue who his Daddy is.

    So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify…

    My Dog gets his first check Friday.

    Is this is a great country or what?

    How do I know that it’s Dave Bartholomew forwarding this racist “joke” around? On the RPVB website, his email’s publicly listed as  And the email is from? Drumroll please…

    Busted!  By the way, check out the photo above, of 2nd CD Republican Congressional candidate Scott Rigell and David Bartholomew. I can’t wait to hear what Rigell has to say about this one.

    UPDATE: Rep. Glenn Nye has issued a statement.

    This type of racist behavior has no place in politics. I call on Dave Bartholomew to resign immediately. I also call on Scott Rigell to join me in condemning this divisive, narrow-minded behavior by demanding Bartholomew’s resignation.

    UPDATE #2: Virginia Beach Democratic Commitee Chair Susan Mariner issued a statement:

    I am baffled by Mr. Bartholomew’s unabashed propagation of prejudice and hate. I’d like to believe that Scott Rigell doesn’t share these sentiments but sadly, we are the company we keep. I hope that Scott denounces this intolerance and embraces the 21st century.

    UPDATE #3: DPVA issues a statement.

    The Democratic Party of Virginia today reacted to the disgusting and racist remarks made by top Rigell advisor and Virginia Beach Republican Chairman, David Bartholomew. Blue Virginia first reported the racist and inflammatory email circulated by David Bartholomew.

    Upon learning of Bartholomew’s blatant racism, Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Dick Cranwell said “As a key advisor for the Rigell campaign, Bartholomew’s racism is out of touch, insensitive, and has no place in American politics. Scott Rigell needs to demand Bartholomew’s resignation immediately.  To do any less would mean that Mr. Rigell shares this world view.”

    Gaylene Kanoyton, First Vice Chair of the Virginia Democratic Committee said, “In 2010, it’s abhorrent that Scott Rigell would keep this sort of company.  This is the kind of attitude that I, and many in my community, have fought so hard to do away with. I hope that Scott Rigell will do the right thing and call on Mr. Bartholomew to resign, and join the rest of us in reason, tolerance, and mutual respect.”

    Susan Mariner, Chair of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee said, “I am baffled by Mr. Bartholomew’s unabashed propagation of prejudice and hate. I’d like to believe that Scott Rigell doesn’t share these sentiments but sadly, we are the company we keep. I hope that Scott denounces this intolerance and embraces the 21st century.”

    UPDATE #4: Scott Rigell issues a statement.

    The email sent by Republican Party of Virginia Beach Chairman David Bartholomew is reprehensible. It stands in stark contrast to the core values of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, and my personal belief in a colorblind society. I call upon Mr. Bartholomew to immediately resign his position as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach.

    UPDATE #5: Sen. Donald McEachin issues a statement.

    Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) today called on the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General to repudiate the disgusting racism stated by one of their Party leaders. “I will not even demean myself or the honorable citizens of Virginia to repeat the egregious words in the email apparently distributed by the Republican Party chair of Virginia Beach. I would ask the governor, the lieutenant governor and the attorney general, the three statewide leaders of their Party, to not only renounce and reject this vile language but to ask that this individual relinquish his post. For this individual to be a Party leader in an official position of the Republican Party of Virginia says it all. In the absence of strong statements by Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli, it is only fair to assume that these three elected officials condone such despicable and contemptible behavior. Their absence does and will speak volumes.

    “These are perilous economic times and many Americans and Virginians, of all colors, ethnicities and backgrounds find themselves without employment. As they desperately search for a new job and a way to take care of their family, some of them have to turn to the safety net that we have in place for that very reason. To compare these hardworking Virginians to an individual’s dog is insulting not just to any one race, but to all Virginians. These citizens are deserving of our compassion and assistance. They are asking only for a hand up so that they, too, can find a well-paying job to support themselves and their loved ones. I can only hope that our governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general have compassion for those who find themselves unemployed and going through struggle and that they recognize that to mock and demean these people in such a horrific way is totally unacceptable.

    “I await the words and actions of Governor McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bolling and Attorney General Cuccinelli. Every minute they don’t respond and repudiate this contemptible email and every minute they do not ask this individual to resign his position sends Virginians a message about their values and their leadership.”

    • Dan Sullivan

      as Chair of the VB Republican Committee. Both running for Congress too; Chuck as a Republican against Representative Bobby Scott; Kenny as an Independent in the 2nd.

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    • Jim B

      People like that use that joke by using any minority as the punch line. However, you could put many whites in there too. As a long time nascar fan we now find that the quality of English has gone up with an influx of foreigners.

    • Old Redneck

      . . . really expect the GOP to denounce this “joke?”  This is EXACTLY the way they are — deep in their souls Republicans are evil.  Every goddam one of them.  Evil.

    • kindler

      …is known to have the same prediliction for sending racist jokes via email. Sensing a pattern here?

      If the Repubs had any sense of shame, they’d force this jerk to resign immediately. But do they and will they?  Doubt it.

      The combination of a black president and a nasty economic downturn fueling insecurity are causing some very ugly demons to come back to the surface after they were surpressed for a long while. Buckle your seat belts — no telling how ugly things are ultimately going to get.  

    • notlarrysabato

      Quick turnaround and a strong statement.

    • notlarrysabato

      Quick turnaround and a strong statement.

    • chriswahler

      Scott Rigell would be the first to denounce these remarks and the person who stated them. He is a solid citizen.

    • Independent

      Rigell was caught with his pants down!  This racist slur masquerading as a joke, has been circulating for over 2 weeks thanks to Mr. Batholomew’s widespread email list including top Republicans here in Hampton Roads and in Richmond at the state party level (and presumably top GOP politicians).  The Rigell campaign and his key operatives were recipients of these emails days ago — yet, only after the news was published today and Congressman Nye denounce it, did the Rigell campaign come forward with a standardized press release.  

      Why did Mr. Rigell refuse to go in front of the news cameras and denounce this himself?  Most likely, his media advisors told him to issue the short release and stay out of sight in the hope that this would blow over.  Is this the kind of candidate that CD2 voters want to see representing us — all of us —  in Washington?  It is easy to spend millions of dollars to promote yourself but why then refuse to spend 10 minutes talking to voters with a sincere call for racial sensitivity?  

      Not only should Mr. Bartholomew resign, but so should those Rigell campaign manager, top workers and headquarters staff who have been chuckling over this sick joke for days.   Why didn’t his managers warn him about this well circulated racist slur is puzzling?  Did Mr. Bartholomew send one of these jokes to Rigell himself?  If yes, when?  

      Mr. Rigell should insist on their resignations too but he is probably afraid of the backlash in a tight campaign.  

    • katefarr

      …but we can still discriminate against LGBT folks, right, Scott? That’s still happening, right? That’s not against your core values?

      A regular bastion of tolerance, the Virginia Beach Republican Party is.

    • kindler
    • The Question

      Does anyone else want to see who are the people he sent this to?

      Which rather sat on it, accepted it, laughed at it or, even worse, forwarded it to more?  And who did they forward this to?

      How far does this rabbit hole go in the Republican Party?

    • Dan Sullivan

      Golden, who is running as an independent, did not call for Bartholomew’s resignation and criticized Rigell as being too quick “to throw him under the bus.”

      “David would never do something like that on purpose,” Golden said. “It was a racist e-mail…. It shouldn’t have gone from anybody’s e-mail to anybody’s e-mail.” — Virginian Pilot

    • Eileen Levandoski

      “I have learned that Virginia Beach Republican Party Chairman, David Bartholomew, has forwarded a highly inappropriate email to people on the Internet. I understand that Mr. Bartholomew has acknowledged his mistake and will be resigning from his position, which is the right thing for him to do. The email in no way reflects the view of the Republican Party and is directly at odds with my core values and beliefs.” – Senator Jeff McWaters, 8th District

    • Dan Sullivan

      The story is that Dave Bartholomew was a beginning techno-user in March 2010, but he had an account probably opened in the AOL-Time Warner heyday a decade ago?

      Hey Gary Byler, this contrivance is as bad as coughing into the breathalyser to avoid prosecution.  

    • The Question

      Are congratulations in order or something?