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Loudoun board: delegate who attended mob march should resign

January 20, 2021 GMT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Loudoun County’s governing board called for the resignation on Wednesday of a Republican delegate who attended the Jan. 6 mob march on the Capitol and blamed violence on “paid provocateurs.”

The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging Del. Dave LaRock, who represents western Loudoun County and is the only remaining Republican in northern Virginia’s House delegation to Richmond, to resign his post.

The resolution cited his participation in the Jan. 6 march and his false attacks on the election’s legitimacy. LaRock did not breach the Capitol grounds and condemned the violence but defended the march as peaceful and blamed rioting on “a small element who likely infiltrated this patriotic group.”

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Later, when Board of Supervisors Chairman Phyllis Randall, who is Black, and the Loudoun branch of the NAACP called for his ouster, he attacked his critics for failing to focus on “the needs of the colored community.”

The board’s six Democrats voted for the resolution. The three Republicans either opposed, abstained or were absent.

LaRock is one of three Republican delegates who was stripped of a committee assignment last week at the start of the legislative session for urging Vice President Mike Pence to set aside Virginia’s results in the presidential election.