Leesburg Council to Consider Capitol Attack Condemnation, Push for LaRock Resignation

The Leesburg Town Council is set to join other local elected bodies and community organizations in formally condemning last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Councilman Neil Steinberg has proposed a resolution condemning the deadly Jan. 6 riot. The resolution claims the events that day were “part of a larger effort to overturn the results of an objectively free and fair election.”

The resolution goes on to call for the resignation of all elected officials who participated in the events that day, and specifically singles out Del. David LaRock (R-33).

“Mr. LaRock has violated his oath of office by questioning in the face of compelling contrary evidence the validity of the 2020 election results of the State of Virginia and the United States thereby sowing doubts within the minds of many of his constituents. Mr. LaRock continues to advance an entirely debunked narrative of a stolen or rigged election, while every lawsuit and investigation has shown that these have no basis in fact. Mr. LaRock has also attempted to deflect responsibility for the violent events on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on [Jan. 6] by claiming that it is ‘infiltrators’ or ‘paid actors’ who are to blame, an assertion that the post-event review of security and social media video, as well as the arrests of those who violated the integrity of the Capitol, has to date refuted. Mr. LaRock can no longer be considered to be worthy to hold a seat in the Virginia Legislature, and should tender his resignation, effective immediately,” the resolution said.

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors is set to consider a similar resolution at its Jan. 19 meeting.

In an interview with Loudoun Now Monday, LaRock stated that he has no plans to resign from the seat that he has held since 2014. He characterized calls for his resignation as “political gamesmanship” and “petty political posturing,” and said his participation in the protest on Jan. 6 were part of exercising his First Amendment rights. On his official Facebook page, he has publicly condemned those who forced entry into the Capitol. 

Five members of the Town Council—Steinberg, Mayor Kelly Burk, Vice Mayor Marty Martinez and council members Zach Cummings and Ara Bagdasarian—all voiced support during Monday’s work session for placing the resolution before the council for a vote at their meeting tonight.

Deputy Editor Renss Greene contributed to this report.

krodriguez@loudounnow.com

12 thoughts on “Leesburg Council to Consider Capitol Attack Condemnation, Push for LaRock Resignation

  • 2021-01-12 at 11:18 am
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    Looks like the LTC received it’s orders from the Central Party Committee. Don’t you council people have a bunch of residents’ utilities to go shut off?

  • 2021-01-12 at 11:44 am
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    Where is the resolution against Democrat Governor Northam for his horribly racist photo?
    Where is the resolution against Democrat Attorney General AND LEESBURG RESIDENT Mark Herring after he admitted to the same?
    Where is the resolution against Democrat Lt Governor Justin Fairfax for sexual misconduct?
    Where is the resolution condemning BLM for months of violence?

    But condemnation for standing on a lawn is now the Leesburg Council’s big problem.

  • 2021-01-12 at 12:34 pm
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    These GOP comments are sad…they do exactly what the Big Orange Goofball does….DEFLECT! What do you do, have summer camps to plan how to respond? Must be because you all do the same thing!. If I say the moon is blue, you say,no, it is green and by the way, the moon last year was yellow!

    You cannot have a sensible conversation without pulling up something that has nothing to do with it. Northam v LaRock is not apples to apples, it is just not the same thing. Focus on what LaRocks did last week and discuss that. What is wrong with you people? Can’t you just deal with what is on the table and not do a Trumpee and deflect?

    That sad sack of a congressman from Ohio, Jim Jordan was just on TV and just tried and tried to deflect from a simple question. It was exasperating for viewers and for the host of the Zoom call. It is withering to see them squirm. Luckily in 8 days, the GOP has its fangs taken out once and for all.

    • 2021-01-12 at 5:12 pm
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      Coupled with the fact that Mr. LaRock will shortly be in Loudoun County General District Court defending himself against charges of distraction of a posted sign without consent, pulling down a fence or leaving a gate open (2x), and trespassing after forbidden, AND that this is the second time he’s faced similar charges, (He was arrested in 2012 for destruction of property and entering another’s property for the purpose of damaging it. Charges deferred as long as he paid damages to the victim and stay away from her.) sounds like he might need to reconsider his refusal to resign.

    • 2021-01-12 at 5:22 pm
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      Sedonacat, I’m happy to stick to the comparable issue. Del. LaRock went to a protest for civil rights–the right to fair elections. You can say there is no evidence of unfair elections, it’s easy to show that is false but that is irrelevant to the issue at hand. The right to free speech and assembly protects Mr. LaRock’s right to join that protest, as well as to state his opinion of the election. The question is, will you apply the same standard to everyone, or are you approving of political violence by favored groups while demanding a purge for those even remotely related to a protest about an unfavored issue where some people broke the law?

      Will you demand the resignation of any public official who attended any protest where some of the people there were violent?

      Will you demand the resignation of any public official who called into question the results of an election, as the Democrats have done for the last four years, and also objecting in Congress to the election of every Republican President this century?

      Will you demand the resignation of every public official who supported other public officials or candidates who encouraged political violence, as Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi did, far more explicitly than Donald Trump did?

      This is a simple issue–what is the standard we’re going to apply to EVERYONE? Are you going to base your view of political violence on the party of the offender, or have an even scale of justice? Are you going to be a hypocrite and “deflect,” or consistently seek even-handed resolution to the problems our society is facing?

    • 2021-01-13 at 1:27 pm
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      Sedona accuses people of group think.

      “It was exasperating for viewers and for the host of the Zoom call.” Sedona reveals they have to be led on what to believe via a zoom call.

      Can’t. Make, This. Up.

  • 2021-01-12 at 2:44 pm
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    This is why you shouldn’t live in the Town of Leesburg. Rather than focusing on Town issues they would rather focus on issues outside their purview. The Town of Leesburg has many issues they need to fix and rather than focusing on them they go looking for additional items to comment on rather than fixing what they can fix. Term limits would be a great start!!!

  • 2021-01-12 at 4:49 pm
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    I would welcome a concerted effort by both sides of the political aisle to keep this conflict confined to the inside of the Beltway. Let us work together to improve life for ALL residents of Loudoun County. We’re in the throes of a pandemic, we’re seeing small businesses suffer, as well as children (and parents ) suffering from the stressors of not being in school. There is so much more that unites us than divides us. Please consider this.

    • 2021-01-13 at 12:18 am
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      This is not a conflict confined to inside the Beltway. The Capitol is the home of the legislative branch of the United State government. This is the government for all U.S. citizens, including those of us who live in Leesburg. You state that there is more that unites us than divides us. I find it very sad that we are not all united in concern for what this attack on the Capitol represents for our democracy and our Constitution. I trust that the Leesburg Town Council is capable of considering this resolution at the same time that it focuses on local concerns.

  • 2021-01-12 at 4:49 pm
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    I am having problems understanding what those who disagree with what the council is trying to do. Del La Rock is spreading falsehoods just like President Trump, and his district includes part of Leesburg. So why should they not say anything about his falsehoods?? We need the TRUTH in order to move forward. Then there are those who are DEFLECTING, the same trick Republicans have used in the past. Difference is that the people noted in the comments have admitted their errors–have you ever heard La Rock say he was wrong or that President Trump has ever admitted he lied in the past?? I applaud the town council actions.

  • 2021-01-13 at 9:31 am
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    Welcome to 1984. The Left is in charge and has begun the process of “Disappearing” their opponents and canceling/eliminating any competing thoughts or opinions. Trump and the voices that support him, are all being silenced. 1984 was supposed to be a cautionary tale but the Left is using it as an instruction manual.
    “People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word.” Orwell 1984

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