PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Virginia congressman said he thinks its better for counties from West Virginia to join the Commonwealth than the reverse as proposed in VEXIT.
VEXIT, a proposal made in January by Jerry Falwell, Jr. the son of televangelist Jerry Falwell, Sr. and president of Liberty University and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, calls for Virginia counties to secede the state in favor of joining West Virginia.
“I love West Virginia, I have family there. Our goal is to have West Virginia counties to secede to us. So, how about we work that way, right, first?” said U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA).
“I think as we get more people involved I think in politics, and people see that they want their freedom of liberty over government oppression, I think you’re going to see people say ‘Hey, you know what? We can bring Virginia back to where we need it to be. We don’t need to go somewhere else.”U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA)
Falwell, during the media conference announcing VEXIT said, “We need a state government that is not elected by federal workers in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., that will protect our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and I believe West Virginia will do just that.”
When WFXR asked Riggleman about West Virginia’s economy ranking, which is positioned in the bottom 40 on several lists, and whether West Virginians may want Virginians’ contribution to their economy, the congressman said, “They might want some Virginians to come up there and help with the economy a little bit.”
He added, “West Virginia is doing a great job too, with Gov. Jim Justice.”
Gov. Northam’s office said the following in regards to VEXIT in January, “As always, Jerry Falwell’s words speak for themselves.”
During the Civil War, when southern states, including Virginia, seceded from the Union, West Virginia became the only state to form after separating from a Confederate State. West Virginia became accepted as the 35th state of the United States in 1863, according to the West Virginia Encyclopedia.
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