Full Name: Merle Travis Rutledge
Office Sought: Governor
Party Affiliation: Republican
Structured Interview Request Sent:
February 8, 2021 and February 11, 2021
Structured Interview Response and Date:
Absolutely, March 4, 2021
Vetting Panel Selected: Pending
Structured Interview Completed: Pending
Biography: I was born in Portsmouth, Va. I lived in NJ till I was 10 years old till Democrats took control and the city became to unsafe to live. My family moved to Chatham, Va to get away from the crime in the city and that’s where my legacy began. I graduated from Dan River High School in 1998 and Norfolk State University in 2014. I became President and was co founder of Phi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc Chapter on my campus which focused on community service and at risk youth.
Why you? Rush Limbaugh said it best if an outsider of the establishment could fix D.C like Trump than no one will ever vote for the establishment again. Every career politician running was responsible for Virginia turning blue. The people rejected them in 2020 and we lost 3 more strongholds. The voters hate politicians. I haven’t flip flopped or change my positions. The others have and abandon our Capitol to Marxists. I confronted them face to face. Everyone talks patriot shit until it’s time to do Patriot shit. I refuse to let the establishment dictate a old playbook based off the same candidates and the same results. It’s not just about change. It’s about action. I don’t have a politically correct bone on my body.
What are your priorities? Marijuana and Record expungement, #2A with Castle doctrine, business tax and welfare reform, voter Identification law and daily forensic reports of voting machines subjected to FOIA, school choice and tax credits for school supplies for virtual learning, and going after China for the damages related to COVID, and term limits.
Endorsements: David Winkler and I rather not have any endorsements from career politicians.
Education: Bachelors at Norfolk State University for Political Science
Relevant Employment History: Executive Director of the NCAGA Organization and investigative freelance reporter on local and state government corruption.
Past Offices Held and Tenure: None and I’m glad I haven’t been infected by the swamp. I rather drain it dry.
Community Service: Urban League of Hampton Roads, United Way Danville, Sentara Health and Wellness, and Phi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc at Norfolk State University
Leadership Experience: Stop Danville riot of 2018. Exposed corruption on the South Side of Va. Pivotal ti blocking up murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. Fought Bullying in Schools. Advocate for #2A rights in Va state wide. Only Republican to give a speech defending monuments at the Lee Statute with Marxists present. Took on the NAACP for censoring conservatives. Also a advocate for more mental health services and increase in pay for First Responders. Also advocated for more women to be armed and give awareness that restraining orders are not enough.
Personal Strengths: I’m absolutely fearless and have no problem walking a mud puddle into the swamp and walking it dry. The next Governor must have book and street smarts so Virginians don’t get hustled by politicians. I’m a free speech champion.
What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? I’m not a politician and refuse to be the Republican establishment employee of the month.
How would your friends and family describe you? He will not throw you under the bus, but be the driver! He speaks the world listens.
Do you believe – THE CONSTITUTION is the Law of the Land. Our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, serve to limit the government as intended by the Founders?
– Yes and I’m making sure no law infringes on religion and to make sure guns are essential to the safety of the congregation.
Do you believe – RELIGIOUS LIBERTY is a cornerstone of our Constitution and must be protected as in inalienable human right?
– Absolutely and I will get rid of any forced mandate or fines. Churches will be exempt from any government intrusion.
Do you believe – OUR HISTORY and the associated memoria serve as guideposts in our journey as a Nation, to serve as reminders of our shared sacrifices and as warnings to future generations?
– No history will be destroyed and I will reinstate charges to anyone involved in riots. History will always be protected and liberals will know I mean business.
Do you believe – GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY is essential to maintain trust and faith with The People?
– I plan to make sure we end all exemptions that prevent the public from knowing the government business unless it may interfere with an active criminal investigation. After investigation is closed then those records will be readily available to the public. I also will make sure the lottery money records is open to the public.
Do you believe – PEACE is preserved through a STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE?
– Yes 100 percent and I plan for the U.S Military and all active Military killed in the line of duty or permanently prevented from being active will get a tax free home and car that’s transferred down to their spouse for their lifetime.
Do you believe – THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice and Fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint must be exercised by all levels of government?
Do you believe – ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS and must be protected?
Do you believe – THE FAMILY is the most essential and most empowering organization in our shared human existence?
Do you believe – ALL CITIZENS, in order to realize their fullest potential, are entitled to EQUAL RIGHTS, EQUAL JUSTICE, and EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, not equal outcomes?
Do you believe – THE 2ND AMENDMENT, serves to protect The People against domestic and foreign oppression and must be protected as an inalienable human right?
– Yes and gun control is dead on arrival, the end of civil forfeiture, and red flag laws