In the wake of yesterday’s stunning news about Del. Rob Bell’s withdrawal from the Virginia Attorney General’s race, Bell’s erstwhile primary opponent, Richmond attorney John Adams, is moving quickly to consolidate support.
The Adams campaign is touting impressive levels of support from a wide variety of elected officials and party leaders, including Sen. Dick Black (R-Loudoun), Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R-James City), and Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford). This comes after previously announced support from U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and a number of other conservatives, including conservative stalwart Rick Boyer.
The full list of endorsements being touted by the Adams campaign:
U.S. Senator Mike Lee
Speaker of the House William Howell
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment
Senator Dick Black
Senator Amanda Chase
Senator Siobhan Dunnavant
Senator Glen Sturtevant
Delegate Terry Austin
Delegate Dickey Bell
Delegate Chris Head
Delegate Terry Kilgore
Delegate Scott Lingamfelter
Delegate Manoli Loupassi
Delegate Jason Miyares
Delegate Chris Peace
Delegate Chris Stolle
Delegate Lee Ware
Virginia Beach City Sheriff Ken Stolle
James City County Sheriff Robert Deeds
Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin
Chesterfield County Commonweatlh’s Attorney Billy Davenport
Essex County Commonwealth’s Attorney Vince Donoghue
Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire
Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp
Former Dickenson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Josh Newberry
Chairman, Gloucester County Board of Supervisors John Meyer
York County Board of Supervisors Thomas G. Shepperd, Jr.
Prince William County School Board Member Willie Deutsch
Bedford Town Councilman Beck Stanley
Virginia Beach City Councilman John Moss
Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Chuck James
Former Secretary of Education Javaid Siddiqi
Former RNC National Committeewoman Kathy Hayden
Albemarle County GOP Chair Elliott Harding
Allegheny/Covington GOP Chair Benjamin Snedegar
Charles City GOP Chair Peter Churins
Craig County GOP Chair Jordan Labiosa
Cumberland County GOP Chair Diana Shores
Halifax County GOP Chair Todd McClure
Lynchburg City GOP Chair Brian Triplett
Nottoway County GOP Chair Bill Outlaw
Prince George County GOP Chair Wayne Cunningham
Richmond City GOP Chair Davis Rennolds
6th Republican Congressional District Secretary Sandy Gates
Vice Chair of Precincts for Charlottesville GOP Erich Reimer
Young Republican State Central Rep. Michael Wood
4th District State Central Member Carey Allen
5th District State Central Member Joanne Holden
5th District State Central Member Travis Witt
5th District State Central Member and Green County GOP Chair Ed Yensho
9th District State Central Member Marcy Hernick
George Mason University College Republican Chair Colin Sapko
Virginia Commonwealth University College Republican Chair Mackenzie Marcia
Notably absent so far is the name of Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), the popular former GOP nominee who lost in 2013 in a contested recount to incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring. Obenshain had been sitting out this race, but we’ve heard speculation from certain quarters that Bell’s exit from the race may mean that an Obenshain endorsement of Adams is imminent.
As we reported yesterday, the Bell withdrawal appears to have potentially made room for another candidate to enter. A source close to Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Franklin) confirms that Stanley is indeed considering a run. Since yesterday’s news broke, Stanley has apparently received significant encouragement to run from a number of his colleagues, and from various quarters of the GOP base. We’re told Stanley is currently urging supporters to focus not on politics, but on spending Thanksgiving with their families, and that the Senator will turn to his decision on whether to run at some point after the holiday.
Stay tuned…this race could heat up quickly.
UPDATE: In a huge boost to John Adams, Sen. Mark Obenshain, the party’s previous nominee for Attorney General, has now endorsed Adams for the 2017 GOP nomination. Obenshain offered the following statement of support:
As the Republican nominee for Attorney General in 2013, I know firsthand the grit and stamina it takes to fight the liberal establishment. In 2017, it is imperative that Republicans nominate a candidate who is both qualified in his experience and prepared to run as our standard-bearer for conservative principles in the race for Attorney General. As a former Supreme Court Clerk for Clarence Thomas, an attorney for President George W. Bush in the White House, and a former federal prosecutor, I am confident that John has the ability to step in on day one and be a successful and effective lawyer for the Commonwealth. That is why I am fully supporting John Adams for Attorney General.
John’s unique background and incredible work ethic over the last 10 months of campaigning and gathering the support of grassroots conservatives across the Commonwealth have positioned him to not only run a competitive campaign but to defeat Mark Herring next year. As Attorney General, I am confident that John will protect our constitutional rights, defend the rule of law, and stay true to his conservative principles. John Adams has my full support in his bid to become the next Attorney General of Virginia.”
Many nice accolades.
I specifically want policy before I make my decision.
I bet I’m the only man that sits on a letter that says when we get elected in November and we will be elected I look forward to enforcing these laws, Dated July 2013 and McAuliffe is keeping his word right now on
Statute 54.1-1100 , illegal employment is a crime. Why do you think McAuliffe had Herring backdown concealed carry ? He is generating political clout not yet to be seen by the public that he intends on cashing in.
Endorsements from Unit Chairs seem supremely ill-advised. Sure to cause friction with the rank and file. I guess if you’re looking to jump on a bandwagon …
This kind of goofiness is no longer helpful. Endorsements such as these are the outdated political equivalent of likes, favorited, upvotes. In the digital age, endorsements
Sure Comstock endorsements help you know that opposite is correct, and I’m still smarting at Dick Black’s endorsement giving us a One-Vote primary, but we are woefully short of Horatio Bunces’ leading our way.
But what really gaggles my giblets
Senator Mark Obenshain has now endorsed John Adams. https://twitter.com/JohnAdamsforVA/status/801447466491150341
But whither Shak?
Steve, why don’t we change the Virginia Constitution to just let the governor appoint the AG? What a waste.
That’s the whole deal, we can get anti-union BS on the ballot, but we can’t get something that makes good common sense like letting the governor pick the AG on the ballot.
Having a Gov. and AG from different party’s is counter productive. Besides, AG is nothing but a stepping stone to the governors manision.
I prefer elected leaders to appointed ones — don’t be fooled into thinking McAuliffe couldn’t do worse than Herring.
Very impressive list of endorsements.
Steve, with your permission, I would like to go slightly off topic on this thread with earnest questions to all my fellow chairs that might be reading this. (I will understand if you would like this post removed.)
As Chair, I have refrained from endorsing candidates, in an official capacity, during the primary season. I feel that candidates need to get in front of the membership and explain their case to the membership, who can either vote as a body to endorse or not. While, I may have a favored candidate, I feel it is the committee who should have the voice and not me as chair. I only speak for them when they have spoken in races or the primaries are over and it is on to the General election.
My questions are: 1) Do you agree or disagree with restraining from endorsements prior to the results of the primary and, 2) why?
These are sincere questions and I would like feedback from others explaining their reasoning.
Ok, I guess change of topic has been approved.
Trump is now worried about “hurting” the Clinton’s. What about the “hurting” of those who do not have $300 million in the bank, Mr. Trump?
1) Trump has now got his Democrat hat and coat on. Just like one of them reversable jackets we had when I was younger, Trump has the blue side out now.
2) Republicans are suing to stop a wage increase. What a frekin’ joke. Those who don’t make enough to live on should head to the nearest Welfare office. Get you a Welfare check. And, when you go, make sure that you look like like a minority.(make up) Being able to speak Mexican eases the process. If you can’t make the minority make up thingy work, just act dress and act like the opposite sex. Either way, they will already have a Welfare check with your name on it.
2) The Republicans are NOT working on a “solution” to lower the cost of healthcare. They are working on a “solution” to “Raise” the cost of healthcare, because that is what the party “lugheads” are demanding.
3) Obama was delivering medals of freedom at the WH last nite. You could have ordered a medal of freedom months ago, just like you order a Girl Scout cookie. You put in your order by giving money to the Democrats, and a few weeks latter you get a medal of freedom. Nothing but more BS from the uber rich.
4) When does our largest export become illegal immigrants, Mr. Trump? Apparently, about 1500 job stealing, illegal Mexicans, are now walking in to the US everyday. The tricky part? For Mexican men to deliver the pregnant wife to a hospital on this side of the border to breed an American, and then apply for Welfare the next day. And then? Why head for one of our now famous “Santuary Cities” of course. How much of this BS is the establishment Catholic Church behind?
5) When do we “reel in” the Commies, Mr. Trump?
I guess we will have to wait until Mr. Trump decides to put on his red hat and jacket again.
Seriously?? My post at least pertained to endorsements. You went straight off topic into complaining-land. I deleted my comment.
Ok, I deleted mine also. My comment pertained to things that are important to the middle-class. The election of the Trump with a red hat proved what is important to the majority of Americans.
You don’t get it.
You could leave a tombstone summary — it’s those deleteds that make me think I’m missing something juicy.
I posted an slightly off topic question about chairs endorsing candidates before a primary. I deleted my post out of deference to Steve’s blog post. RRIII did the same. No harm, no foul. Nothing juicy. (My question was actually very boring.)
Were Bell & Adams to only two vying for this position? I thought there was a third, but I could be wrong.
Chuck Smith of Virginia Beach is also running.
The Rino supports Chuck Smith
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This anti-RINO thinks the game is nowhere near wrap.
Is TBE going to write something equivalent for Smith and Stanley?
Please let us know of any writer endorsements in the disclaimer — we can guess, but some TBE columnists like to have it all ways.