PA GOP Chairman Statement on Judge Woodruff Joining Those Who Disrespect Our Flag

HARRISBURG — Today, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio released the following statement on Democratic Supreme Court candidate Judge Dwayne Woodruff joining those who disrespect our flag:

“Pennsylvania has more veterans than any state in the nation. Our citizens respect and honor our flag and those who have died fighting for its ideals. It’s terribly disappointing to see that Judge Woodruff, who would like to be a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, has thrown in with those who disrespect our flag. Our Commonwealth deserves Supreme Court Justices committed to protecting our Constitution and the principles upon which our nation was founded. Pennsylvanians are outraged by privileged millionaires who take a knee while our national anthem is playing. Clearly, Judge Woodruff does not share our values.”

Val DiGiorgio, Chairman, Republican Party of Pennsylvania



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  • Agrelou

    I wanted to Share Judge Woodruff answer to the attcak on him by the GOP chair.

    I consider Republican chairman, Val DiGiorgio’s statements, posted on the Politics PA website, to be a personal attack on my character and my family; particularly on my late father, John Bryant Woodruff, who served in the U.S. Army for 27 years and fought for our country in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and also an attack on my son, Captain John Bryant Woodruff II, who now serves our country in the U. S. Marine Corps. I have unwavering respect for this country, its citizens and the flag, which is backed up by my continued and sacrificial service to my fellow citizens.

    I grew up as an “Army Brat”. While many teens were out enjoying their lives, my mom and I sat everyday by the television watching news of the war and praying that Dad would come home. When he did come home, we knew we were blessed because he served with so many soldiers who didn’t make it home alive. However, my dad never walked again and lived the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair. My mom died caring for him and then I moved my dad to Pittsburgh to live with my family and me for the final 9 years of his life. During that time, Art Rooney Sr. allowed Dad to park his wheelchair in the press box for whatever Steelers games that Dad attended. Let it be known that when the trumpet sounded that solemn “Taps” tune, and the flag was lowered, folded and placed in my son’s arms, the soldier looked him in the eyes, as my son does now when he performs funerals for fallen Marines.

    To me the flag represents all that my father fought for, and what my son now serves for and what I reverently stand for.

    I want Mr. DiGiorgio to know that my commitment to justice, defending the rights of all citizens as granted by our constitution and overall respect and love for our country should never be questioned or attacked. I would hope he possesses the type of character to apologize for such a personal attack and false insinuation concerning my character as a father, son, husband, judge and an American citizen.

    Judge Dwayne Woodruff,
    2017 Candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court