Marshall: Running on his record

Published 12:10 am Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Republican Party of Virginia will hold a primary election June 12 to choose a candidate to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated when Senator Jim Webb leaves office in January.

Four candidates will be featured on the ballot this month. Three are featured here. The fourth candidate, George Allen, already has been interviewed this cycle, as has the Democratic nominee, Tim Kaine.


Delegate Bob Marshall has served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 21 years, and he’s relying on that record to get him elected in the Republican primary.

“I can run on my record,” he said. “I don’t have to run from it. My record is consistent, because I make my decisions based on certain principles.”

Bob Marshall

Marshall was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1991 and has served on a number of committees and subcommittees, including the Finance Committee and the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee.

He also has worked as a staff member for Republican members of Congress. He sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2008, getting narrowly beaten by former Gov. Jim Gilmore.

Marshall lives in Prince William County and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and philosophy from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and a Master of Arts degree in humanities from California State University.

Marshall once successfully sued to challenge unelected taxing authorities that had been set up in metropolitan areas of the state, including Hampton Roads, to collect regional taxes for roads.

“If that had gone unchallenged, you could set up unelected taxing authorities for anything you want,” Marshall said.

He also currently is suing the University of Virginia after being denied a Freedom of Information Act request for papers on global warming research that he says have been provided to other members of the public.

“UVA is double-minded when it comes to complying with the FOIA law,” he said.

Marshall advocates repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with bills that would provide tax credits or deductions to companies or individuals who bought insurance to deal with pre-existing conditions, as well as structuring bankruptcy laws to punish people who take advantage of the system.

Furthermore, Marshall wants to implement a fair tax system.

“They’re moving whole companies overseas because of our tax structure,” he said. “That’s very detrimental to our national security and our jobs.”

Marshall supports developing the energy resources available in this country to save money, make American jobs and avoid supporting countries that are hostile to the United States, he said.

“It would go a long way towards reducing the deficit,” he said.

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