Chairman of the Board in Prince William County disagrees with the recent State Central Committee vote to hold a primary next year rather than a convention. He referred to the vote as a broken promise to the grassroots. However, he’s not concerned about having to face three other candidates next year in a primary for the Republican nomination. From Fauquier.com
I stand apart as Trump’s guy,
Even before I became Trump’s campaign chairman, I stood apart as sort of a renegade conservative hawk, a firebrand,” he added. “Add that I’m now Trump’s chairman, and that just burnishes my conservative reputation.”
Stewart will be facing Ed Gillespie who already has a $1 million war chest, also running are Congressman from the First District, Rob Whitman, and state Senator Frank Wagner from Hampton Roads.
Stewart is building a grassroots following as he crisscrosses the state as the chairman of Trump’s campaign in Virginia.
Stewart is known for saying some outrageous things on social media and he promises to continue that through next year. Stewart says he is deliberately “over the edge” to attract attention. Even the Trump campaign had to distance themselves from Stewart when he said Hillary Clinton was responsible for the violence against police officers.
“I’ve always done that. That’s always been my MO,” Stewart said of his penchant for forthright commentary. “I speak directly and I’m not afraid of controversy, and he media loves controversy.”
He will continue this MO against his fellow Republicans who are also running for Governor,
“I’m very aggressive and if these guys think this is going to be some kind of cake walk, it ain’t,” he added. “I’m going to call them out.”
Corey is nothing if not colorful and outspoken. Next year should be an interesting one in Virginia politics.