(CNSNews.com) – House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Wednesaday that Republican Glenn Youngkin, winner of Virginia’s gubernatorial race, ran “an impressive campaign” that was “focused on optimism.”
“It was a campaign that was focused on empowering parents to take back their state, to take back the ability to have control from the very union bosses who were trying to keep kids out of school, who were trying to keep parents out of school board meetings,” he said at a Capitol Hill press conference.
“That kind of big government socialism was rejected overwhelmingly by the voters last night in Virginia, and also, big government socialism was rejected in a number of other states,” the congressman said.
Scalise said that record numbers of Republicans were elected to school boards in New York.
“New York, you saw record numbers of Republicans getting elected to school boards where parents are getting more and more engaged at the local level, concerned about things like critical race theory, being rammed down their kids throats, trying to teach hatred of America,” the congressman said.
“That is un-American and that was rejected last night. Something else that was rejected last night was the Democrats’ radical crazy defund the police movement overwhelmingly rejected by voters in states like Minnesota. It was so encouraging to see people take their government back. That is what you saw last night, and yet here in Washington, the same big government socialists who were rejected in states like Virginia are doubling down on their failed policies. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi did not get the message from what happened last night," he said.
Scalise said that if Democrats in Congress “keep voting for big government socialism,” they’ll go the way of Terry McAuliffe.
Maybe more of their members will look in the mirror and say I don't want to be the next Terry Mcauliffe, but if they keep voting for big government socialism, they're going to the same way as Terry Mcauliffe, because If you look at a state like Virginia, it was a D+ ten if you think about Cook ratings.
That means a D plus ten states became an R plus 2 states, that’s a 12-point swing, which means their districts all across the country that are represented right now by Democrats in at least D+ five, six, seven, even D+ 10 districts that have to be looking in the mirror, going am I going to keep voting for this big government socialism, and I think they're going to have a reckoning that it's time to start working with Republicans on solutions that actually address the crises and problems that families are facing.
This majority led by Speaker Pelosi has not brought up a bill in over a month to address any of the crises families are facing like inflation, like high gas prices, like the border crisis. Their answer is to go the opposite direction. They want to tax people more so that they can give up $450,000 checks to people who come here illegally.
People are rejecting those kind of radical ideas, and I’ll tell you, as Republicans are focused on this commonsense agenda to get this country back on track, to work with those parents who want to take their schools back, our leader has been leading that charge to lay out that bold vision, meeting with parents, meeting with families, talking about an agenda that actually helps the hard-working families who are struggling today under the weight of President Biden and speaker Pelosi's failed agenda.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), chair of the House Republican Leadership Conference, said that Tuesday’s election results show that parents want to make decisions about their children’s education, not the federal government.
“What can we learn from last night? We learned that parents should be empowered to make decisions about their children's education, not the federal government. We learned that Americans want more jobs, not more government welfare and reckless spending creating inflation,” she said.
“Americans want to fund their police department, not defund them. Americans want freedom, not far left socialism. This is the message that united Americans across the country from New Jersey to New York, to Virginia, to Texas. It united Americans behind Republicans last night and it is exactly what house Republicans have been saying for months,” Stefanik said.
“Republicans are the party of parents, of education, of small businesses, of freedom, and of a family. Democrats are the party of big government socialism creating crisis after crisis. Even after their losses, Nancy Pelosi doubled down on her agenda yet again this morning, and that is exactly why she is a lame-duck speaker of the House,” she said.
“Republicans have a better optimistic vision for our nation, and we will continue to talk about the issues that matter to the American people,” the congresswoman said.