Young Republicans Launch Recall Effort Against Randall

The Loudoun County Young Republicans have launched an effort to recall County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) over her participation in a rally against police violence and racial injustice in Leesburg Sunday, May 31.

The rally, organized in the wake of the latest series of high-profile police killings of black people, including Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY, and most recently George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, drew more than a thousand people into downtown Leesburg. Although almost all wore masks, social distancing was impossible in the tightly-packed streets courthouse green.

By participating and speaking at the rally, the group alleges, Randall violated their 14th Amendment right to equal treatment under the law, since the governor’s orders closing or limiting businesses and public gatherings were still in place.

Caroline Maiorana, chairwoman of the Loudoun County Young Republicans, argued Randall should have lifted those restrictions, a decision made by Gov. Ralph Northam and something Randall, as a local supervisor, has no authority to do.

“Instead of first lifting the ban on gatherings or allowing businesses to reopen, Chair Randall believes she is above the law,” Maiorana stated. “By destroying people’s businesses and livelihoods in the name of public safety, then violating her own order for political gain, Chair Randall has demonstrated disregard for both public safety and the law.”

“The law must apply equally to all citizens of Loudoun County. Phyllis Randall not only violated the 14th Amendment and our right to equal treatment under the laws, but also the very executive decrees she has been supporting for months,” stated Arash Ebrahimi, Vice Chair of the Loudoun County Young Republicans. “By leading a gathering of over 1,500 people after shutting down Loudoun’s economy and banning gatherings of over 10 people, Chair Randall is the epitome of hypocrisy. We absolutely support the right of all citizens to assemble peacefully to address government tyranny. Believing she is above the law, Chair Randall led this gathering without first allowing other citizens to exercise the same rights.”

Virginia law allows for the removal of an elected official from office through a petition to the Circuit Court, which then decides whether the official should be removed. Officials may be removed for “neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office,” or after conviction for selling illegal drugs, committing a hate crime or various sex offenses.

To bring that petition to the Supreme Court, the Young Republicans must gather a number of signatures from people living in Loudoun that is at least 10 percent the number of people who voted in the last election for county chair. With 111,569 votes cast for county chair in 2019, that means they must gather 11,157 signatures.

The Loudoun County Young Republicans webpage describes the organization as “a group of young conservatives in Virginia between ages 18 – 40.” The petition is on its website.

A 2016 Loudoun Now photo of Randall featured above the petition on the Young Republicans website is used uncredited and without permission and has been darkened from the original.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

9 thoughts on “Young Republicans Launch Recall Effort Against Randall

  • 2020-06-12 at 2:58 pm
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    Phyllis Randall did not organize this event. In her remarks, Phyllis Randall prefaced by saying she was not there in the capacity of Chair of Board of Supervisors, but as a Christian. In her remarks, she said nothing promoting herself or her party. I was there, listening carefully. And in an effort to keep her county safe, Phyllis Randall carried a box of face masks to share with anyone of any party who needed one. All were welcome at this event. It was for everyone except racists — is that how the young republicans want to self identify???

  • 2020-06-12 at 4:05 pm
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    It saddens me that even “young” Republicans have taken up the Trump mantle. Instead of being a part of the solution, they magnify the problems. Instead of healthy debate and helpful contributions, they try political tactics and personal attacks. It is my hope that when Trump is no longer in power, these folks will get back to the truly conservative values that once formed the foundation of the GOP. As a Democrat, I viewed the GOP as a great counter weight with the ability to communicate and compromise for the betterment of our country. Now it seems that it is only a reflection of a man who was never a conservative and has only his own self interest to guide him. For me, I’m glad that Ms. Randall exercised her right to join the event as a citizen.

  • 2020-06-12 at 4:28 pm
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    As a Democrat myself, it is good to know that the Young Republicans have a sense of humor.

  • 2020-06-12 at 5:50 pm
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    Does an online petition meet the legal standards to appeal to the court? How do you know if the people are real or live in Ashburn? It seems like the same requirements would need to be met as getting on a ballot, real signatures and a notary attesting to the identity of the person collecting the signatures. This seems like a publicity stunt.

  • 2020-06-12 at 5:54 pm
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    What kind of sloppy reporting doesn’t bother to ask Ms. Randall to respond? Also, I had hoped that a younger generation of Republicans wouldn’t be as knee-jerk annoying as their elders, but, oh well, I guess we shouldn’t expect to depend on their future good citizenship.

  • 2020-06-12 at 8:05 pm
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    Young Republicans. Poor snowflakes. Better get used to losing.

  • 2020-06-12 at 8:07 pm
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    Given her past comments and actions, as well has her incredible ability to give a pass on being racist to Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring for dressing in black face and KKK garb ; there is abundant evidence she puts her democrat socialist ideology ahead of the citizens and ethics. Fact!

  • 2020-06-12 at 10:16 pm
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    Glad that the YRs point out Randall’s hypocrisy. “Good for thee, not me” is her modus operandi.

  • 2020-06-13 at 12:57 pm
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    Sounds like the Democrats here have no problem with mass gatherings only for themselves. Either you apply the governor’s orders for social distancing or you don’t. I personally don’t have a problem with the rally, but you can’t expect all other Loudoun residents or businesses to limit their activities. Freedom of assembly for all!

    Also Cmakg is right… Loudoun Now should have asked Randall to comment and why the hypocrisy.

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