Bell Endorsements Pile Up

What do Dick Heller and John Taylor have in common?  They have all endorsed Delegate Rob Bell for the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.

Dick Heller is a hero to the 2nd Amendment movement.  In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court by a 5 to 4 vote held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

At issue in the case was a District of Columbia law which banned handgun possession by making it a crime to carry an unregistered firearm and prohibiting the registration of handguns.  It provided separately that no person could carry an unlicensed handgun, but authorized the police chief to issue 1-year licenses and required residents to keep lawfully owned firearms unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device.

Respondent Heller, a D. C. special policeman, applied to register a handgun he wished to keep at home, but the District refused. He filed the suit seeking, on Second Amendment grounds, to enjoin the city from enforcing the bar on handgun registration, the licensing requirement insofar as it prohibits carrying an unlicensed firearm in the home, and the trigger-lock requirement insofar as it prohibits the use of functional firearms in the home. The District Court dismissed the suit, but the D. C. Circuit reversed, holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms and that the city’s total ban on handguns, as well as its requirement that firearms in the home be kept nonfunctional even when necessary for self-defense, violated that right.

John Taylor is “president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, an independent, nonpartisan, education and research organization that develops and promotes public policy consistent with the Virginia tradition of individual liberty, dynamic entrepreneurial capitalism, private property, the rule of law, and constitutionally limited government. He also serves as president of Tertium Quids, a 501(c)4 issue advocacy organization that hosts Virginia’s Tuesday Morning Group, a statewide coalition comprising more than 900 activists who represent more than 260 organizations.

In 1975, John received a B.A. from Wofford College, and subsequently earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a J.D. from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he is also a member of the Federalist Society and the Philadelphia Society. John has been the recipient of the Hero of the Taxpayer Award, an annual recognition given by Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C.; and the Eagle Award, an annual award given for profamily, grassroots leadership by the Eagle Forum of St. Louis, Missou.”

Throughout the years, Taylor’s leadership on the issues of taxation, the size of government and the role of government have been well established.

Other endorsers include:

5th Congressional District

Congressman Robert Hurt

Albemarle County

Sheriff Chip Harding Honorable Ken Boyd, County Supervisor Honorable Rodney Thomas, County Supervisor

Botetourt County

Delegate Christopher Head

Campbell County

Delegate Matt Fariss

Caroline County

Delegate Robert Orrock

Jeff Sili, Republican Committee Chair


Honorable Rick West, City Councilor

Honorable Nancy Parr, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Chesterfield County

Delegate Roxann Robinson

Colonial Heights

Delegate Kirk Cox

Honorable C. Scott Davis, Mayor


Delegate Daniel Marshall III


Carla Harris, Republican Committee Chair

Woody Harris, Emporia City Council


Delegate David Albo

Delegate Thomas Rust

Honorable John C. Cook County Supervisor

Honorable John Peterson, Director NOVA SWCD

Fauquier County

Honorable Lee Sherbeyn, County Supervisor

Fluvanna County

Honorable Jeff Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Debbie Rittenhouse, Republican Committee Chair

Franklin County

Delegate Charles Poindexter

Grayson County

State Senator Bill Carrico

Greene County

Sheriff Steven Smith

Gary Lowe, Republican Committee Chair

Halifax County

Delegate James Edmunds

Hanover County

Delegate Christopher Peace
Honorable Trip Chalkley, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Sheriff Dave Hines

Honorable Wayne Hazzard, County Supervisor

Former Delegate Frank Hargrove

Honorable Sean Davis, County Supervisor

Henrico County

Delegate John O’Bannon

Former Delegate Bill Janis

Sheriff Mike Wade

Isle of Wight County

Delegate Rick Morris

Bill Coburn, Republican Committee Chair

Loudoun County

Delegate Tag Greason

Delegate Joe May

Delegate David Ramadan

Louisa County

State Senator Tom Garrett

Bob Arment, Republican Committee Chair

Lunenburg County

Delegate Thomas Wright Jr.

Mike Hankins, Republican Committee Chair

Madison County

Delegate Edward Scott

Honorable George Webb, Commonwealth’s Attorney

William Harvill, Republican Committee Chair

Manassas City

Steven Thomas, Republican Committee Chair

Newport News

Hazel Call, Hampton Roads Republican Women Chair

Norfolk City

Bob Wilson, Businessman and property rights activist

Orange County

Doug Rogers, Republican Committee Chair

Sheriff Mark Amos

Honorable Diana Wheeler, Commonwealth’s Attorney


Debra Mallory, 1st Vice Chair Tri-City Republican Women

Pittsylvania County

Delegate Donald Merricks Chris Carter

Former Republican Committee Chair


Delegate Gordon Helsel

Jr. Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair

Powhatan County

Delegate Lee Ware Jr.

Prince George County

Barbara Tabb, Republican Committee Chair

Prince William County

Delegate Richard Anderson

Delegate Jackson Miller

Honorable Peter Candland, County Supervisor


Jerilynn Grigsby, Tuckahoe Republican Women Chair

Scott County

Delegate Terry Kilgore

Spotsylvania County

Delegate Mark Cole

Stafford County

Delegate Mark Dudenhefer

Delegate William Howell, Speaker, House of Delegates

Tazewell County

Delegate James W. Morefield

Virginia Beach

Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto

Delegate Barry Knight

Delegate Harry Purkey

Delegate Christopher Stolle

Delegate Ronald Villanueva

Honorable Patrick Salyer, School Board Member

Washington County

Delegate Israel O’Quinn

Westmoreland County

Delegate Margaret Ransone


One thought on “Bell Endorsements Pile Up

  1. You might want to remove some of those delegate’s names. Those who voted for the massive new tax increase, like Tag Greason, Dave Albo, Tom Rust, and Joe May, are not exactly popular with republican delegates to the convention.

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