WINCHESTER — Del. Wendy Gooditis, (D-10th) on Friday publicly called for 33rd District Del. Dave LaRock to resign, accusing the Republican of encouraging the violent siege at the U.S. Capitol and condemning him for spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

On Jan. 6, hundreds of President Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, interrupting a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College’s votes to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election. The siege led to the deaths of four civilians and one police officer. The siege occurred after thousands of Trump supporters gathered in Washington to protest Biden’s win and support Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.

LaRock, who represents parts of Frederick, Clarke and Loudoun counties, has attended various “Stop the Steal” rallies and has supported Trump’s claims of voter fraud. He has said he took part in the Jan. 6 protest in D.C., telling The Star last week he was honored to “walk among the hundreds of thousands of patriots who traveled from far and wide to peacefully protest the 2020 election.”

He also joined two other Virginia delegates — Mark Cole and Ronnie Campbell — last week in signing a letter urging Vice President Mike Pence to nullify Virginia’s certified election results. LaRock’s actions have sparked much controversy the past few days.

Gooditis on Friday said the public letter was a blatant effort to overturn the results of a legitimate election and contributed to the false and dangerous rhetoric that incited the violence in Washington, D.C. She said LaRock and the other delegates spread lies and were hoping to deny the peoples’ voice by urging the overturning of a presidential election.

“Their actions undermine the oaths they took to uphold the United States and Virginia constitutions and protect our democracy,” Gooditis said. “ I call on them to resign and make way for successors who can more honestly and patriotically represent their constituents.”

As a result of the letter, Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D) stripped LaRock, Cole and Campbell of committee assignments, with LaRock being removed from the Transportation committee.

Gooditis said her view of LaRock was further lowered earlier this week by LaRock’s “derogatory racist term.” Earlier this week, after growing pressure to be removed from office, LaRock attacked his critics on his campaign website for not focusing on “the needs of the colored community.” The remark drew widespread criticism and LaRock later replaced the word “colored” with “minorities” on his website.

In the past week, LaRock has faced calls to resign from the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, the Clarke County Democratic Committee and the Winchester-Frederick County Democratic Committee, as well as two Loudoun County supervisors and the Loudoun County NAACP and the Winchester Area NAACP. He also is facing four misdemeanor charges including trespassing and destroying a posted sign. LaRock is scheduled to appear in the Loudoun General District Court on March 25. LaRock’s attorney Caleb Kershner has called the misdemeanor charges “baseless.”

Publicly, LaRock has said “I condemn in the strongest possible terms those who forced entry into the Capitol, destroyed property, disrupted the meeting of Congress, and caused injuries and a death.” He has defended the majority of the protestors as being peaceful and stated on his campaign website that “It is highly likely that reports of people who had the audacity to forcefully enter the Capitol building were paid provocateurs sent in to taint an otherwise orderly protest.”

Many right-wing politicians have made claims that paid provocateurs and groups such as left-wing Antifa were behind Wednesday’s insurrection at the Capitol, but there has been no evidence for these claims.

The Star asked LaRock if he had any response to Gooditis’ statements and also asked if he entered the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 siege. LaRock chose not to answer the questions.

“Tempting as it is, I am too busy with important work to keep track of the Democrats as they conduct their witch hunt at the local state and federal level,” LaRock said in a text.

— Contact Josh Janney at jjanney@winchesterstar.com

(39) comments

BillboBaggins

The Dems have tried to defeat LaRock a couple of times with decent candidates without luck. Perhaps a moderate repub could beat him in the primaries???

GreatScott

Let the voters decide not partisans like Gooditiis. She is my so-called delegate although she could care less what I think. I thought a true delegate was supposed to represent all the people not just the ones that voted for her. If so, back off Del. LaRock and do your job!

john brown

keep backing delegate "colored" .... it shows your racism....lmao

Bryan.the.Nuri

I bet you have met with your delegate so many times...right?

Mr Incredible

Says the empty suit. Look at her record and look at LaRocks. The only thing of note gooditis has done was to march in the BLM march here in town when large gatherings were forbidden by Lord Northam. She just sees an opportunity to pile on, like the rest of the dems are doing with Trump on impeachment. Hopefully she won't be around after this Nov

Bryan.the.Nuri

[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam] oh, look at you! Trying to be relevant!

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Bryan.the.Nuri

You have been warned to desist with your harassment.

URA SNOWFLAKE

Love all the leftist “opinions”. Your hate for the right is more than enough to show your disgust for civility, morals and decency.

Spock Here

The left and most of the right despise white supremacy along with its disgust for civiity, morals, and decency.

john brown

couldn't of said it better myself ... delegate "colored" is a bonafide racist

Doc Samson

@URA - When you believe you are filled with gov't and media approved righteousness, you can demand that everyone adhere to your double standards. Just the fact that Biden exhibits ALL of the qualities that they claim to hate in Trump is indicative of their low intellect and hypocrisy.

john brown

larock's participation in the January 6th coup d etat to overthrow the United States elected government should be enough to try him for treason let alone him keeping his politician position... you so call "patriots" are merely traitors to my country

Mr Incredible

"Your country", We're about to get a glimpse of "your country", and it ain't gonna be pretty.

Spock Here

It sure won't be pretty right away, but it won't be as ugly as it is right now.

Doc Samson

@Mr Incredible - They truly believe Obama did, not just a good job, but a GREAT job, so yeah, it's going to get ugly. [Excuses & Rationalizations] for $200, Alex...

Bryan.the.Nuri

What country is that? Clarke County?

Bryan.the.Nuri

LaRock has far outlived his usefulness to the people of Clarke and Loudoun (he barely has any of Frederick that he minds). His histrionics over homosexuality, Trumpism, and now "coloreds" shows he is not anything more that a cookie cutter hard (or alt) right candidate who does not look after the best needs of his constituents.

He needs to go.

URA SNOWFLAKE

Bryan, you get to voice your comments because you live in a time where you have freedom to speak your mind. Leftism will not stop that right. No matter how hard you try to diminish another persons opinion it still shows your fear of them speaking. Your fear alone speaks volumes of what you dislike. Shame you can’t see that your voice can be shuttered one day too.

Bryan.the.Nuri

You're a joke. His words carry the weight of his position, putting him in a little different class than a propaganda peddler like you. Quit being such a coward.

Doc Samson

@URA - Wasted effort, my friend. Little man loves playing the big internet fascist and, tbh, it suits him well! Most Leftists exhibit serious mental health issues when it comes to any issue of substance.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Hush, coward

Spock Here

Another sad day for the "doc" as he trolls around, preaching "leftist mental health issues", looking for someone....anyone....he does appear to have personal knowledge of such "issues." I would think the lunatic living at BLM Plaza would be a more interesting specimen.......but, wdIK?

john brown

that Q avatar tells eveyone how crazy ura is ..... been to the basement of a pizza parlor lately looking for pedophiles, I suggest you check out the white house through Wednesday morning and then focus on mar a lago ...lol

Billie Mac

Stop the Steal!

Bryan.the.Nuri

Hush, coward goat.

shinyhappypeople

You don't get to ignore the certified electoral votes of the people of Virginia because you feel your candidate won. The people stealing the election were the ones rioting at the Capitol. LaRock needs to go.

Journey2goremtns1

All this over "colored people" and supporting freedom. Poor little socialist are so sensitive....Stay strong Dave! They want you removed because they fear you!

Bose-Einstein

Nope, because they are disgusted with you sucking up to murderous rioters.

Doc Samson

Say the Leftists who have spent the last year or so... sucking up to murderous rioters, aka peaceful protesters.

#Leftistriotsarebestestriots, amiright?

john brown

We suffer fools, we do not fear them

Spock Here

Angry little white people say 'All this over "colored people" '. "we have the right to call "them" what we want to," in other words? gawdalmighty.

Bryan.the.Nuri

So it's now ok to call people "colored" again?

And have you gotten us that definition of socialism yet, coward?

Bryan.the.Nuri

Let's see your courage. Come in to town and call the first black person you see "colored". Now we know Winchester is a scaaarrryyyy place with all of "those" people runnin' 'round, but please, record the reaction for us to see.

Clarke County Hokie

Gooditis should focus on how she acts and treats people in the community. Simply being a mouthpiece for the national party doesn't require much thought, but she should try to remember that she actually REPRESENTS the people she lives amongst and does not rule them.

john brown

tell that to the tRump sycophant larock

Bryan.the.Nuri

Ummmmmmmmmm... Have you ever talked to her?

Bose-Einstein

She has knocked on more doors and conducted more public meetings than her predecessor, the guy who sounds like a stifled sneeze, did in his entire public service.

TonyR

LaRock should resign. His post election conduct has been deplorable. His active efforts to foment discord have harmed the nation. Giving active support to sedition must not be tolerated. LaRoack, and others like him, are the reason we are not great.

Bryan.the.Nuri

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