Joe Morrissey: "I Was Wrong" - Backpedals On Call to Remove Confederate Monument
weeks after calling a press conference in front of the Jefferson Davis
Monument in Richmond, and announcing that his first task if elected
Mayor would be to have it torn down, Joe Morrissey backtracked
yesterday, admitting that he had made a mistake. “I don’t think I
thought that through,” he told local news.
That's an understatement, Joe...
"The Va Flaggers are disappointed, but not surprised, to hear that
Joe Morrissey has called a press conference to announce that if he were
elected Mayor of Richmond, the first thing he would do is tear down the
Jefferson Davis Memorial on Monument Avenue. Mr. Morrissey has a history
of grandstanding and attention grabbing stunts. Tearing down historical
monuments is illegal in the Commonwealth. We would hope that Mr.
Morrissey is familiar enough with Virginia State Law to know
this and trust the citizens of Richmond are not willing to elect a
Mayor who would call a press conference to announce his intentions to
break the law if elected.
citizens of the Commonwealth see this for what it is: another stunt to
create division and tension where it does not exist. He cannot legally
destroy the monument, and this press conference is nothing more than an
attempt to garner publicity for his failing campaign and cause strife in
Va Flaggers will meet any proposal to remove ANY Confederate memorial
with the full force of our resources, the support of the majority of the
citizens of the Commonwealth, and with any and all legal means
necessary to prevent ANY desecration of our monuments and memorials."
The pushback and fallout from his stunt was
immediate and the repercussions led "Fighting Joe" to have a change of
heart. Instead of tearing down the Jefferson Davis Monument, Morrissey
now says he favors building a monument that honors African-American
Union and Confederate soldiers.
Hey Joe! We appreciate you recognizing black Confederates, but we've
got one of those monuments already. It's at the State Capitol, just a
few blocks from where you were standing...
WHERE THE REST OF THE FIELD STANDS
Richmond's Mayoral Candidates on Confederate Memorials
"We should not erase our history just because it makes us
uncomfortable.’" Said he would not seek to remove Confederate monuments
at a Mayoral forum
Lawrence E Williams, Sr.
"It’s important that we rep all aspects of the civil war, that is the
key to this conversation... The primary focus of this election should
not be about the past but should be about our future. We need to
concentrate on our children and providing the proper services in schools
that we need for our city to move forward in order to make all of our
citizens successful.” Said he would not seek to remove Confederate
monuments at a Mayoral forum
Said she would not seek to remove Confederate statues at a Mayoral forum
Jonathan Baliles is now proposing "establishing a commission" to decide
how to handle the memorials. (We all know what that means...) This
after he assured constituents and those attending a mayoral forum that
he would not seek to remove Confederate monuments.
Former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney said he "would not
shed a tear" if the monument was removed and supports discussing the
issue. “There is no better place than Richmond to begin leading the
conversation about what we choose to memorialize. Let’s start the
discussion with Jefferson Davis.”
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Contrary to what the folks at WTVR 6 and Governor McAuliffe's staff
would have our citizens believe, Virginia's Monuments and Memorials law
is not "murky". The legislature decisively confirmed its intent in the
last session, and the overwhelming majority of the Commonwealth's
citizens are against the removal of any Confederate monument or
It is still against state law to alter, move, or destroy any war
monument or memorial, and it is our pledge that any individual or
locality that attempts to do so will face criminal and civil law suits
and the full force of our opposition.
"The time for compromise has now passed, and the South is determined
to maintain her position, and make all who oppose her smell Southern
powder and feel Southern steel." Jefferson Davis, February, 1861