Trump Staff: Corey Stewart a “net negative” to the effort in Virginia

Trump Staff: Corey Stewart a “net negative” to the effort in Virginia
Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart leads a protest at RNC, which triggered his dismissal as Trump's Virginia ChairmanImage Credit: Fox 5 DC/WTTG

Trump's top advisors in Virginia savage Stewart's campaign role, in which they say his personal ambitions took priority over winning for Trump

In an interview with radio talk show host John Fredericks—himself a co-chairman of the Trump Campaign in Virginia—the two top Trump staff in Virginia lambasted 2017 Gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart for putting his own ambitions ahead of those of the GOP nominee and his chances to win Virginia.

A full transcript and audio of the interview are below. In it, the staffers, Mike Rubino and Mark Lloyd, pull no punches in describing Stewart’s tumultuous tenure as Virginia Chairman of the Trump campaign before he was unceremoniously fired from that job after organizing and leading a protest at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee.

Among numerous complaints about Stewart’s misplaced priorities, the trio of senior Trump aides in Virginia singled out a story that emerged in the closing weeks of the campaign that the Trump campaign had pulled out of Virginia. This story, they claim, was completely false and was instead a narrative pushed by Corey Stewart to give him a way to attack the RNC as a campaign ploy for himself.

According to Rubino, the false story about the campaign leaving Virginia “pushed one person’s narrative, which was that the RNC was bad.  In fact, we were working hand-in-glove with the RNC, which is what I told Corey countless times.  And you are correct, that story killed us.  It was a kill shot.”

Fredericks elaborated by saying that, from almost the beginning of the campaign—when it had been made clear to Stewart that he was not to commence a run for Governor while serving as Trump chairman—he began to violate that pledge. He “put the needs of his gubernatorial campaign distinctly ahead of the Trump effort to win Virginia, and at the end, Corey Stewart’s antics, and what he did, gave us no opportunity to win the state at the end based on what went down.”

This estrangement with Stewart was apparently a long time coming, and not just a product of the RNC protest. At Martha Boneta’s Liberty Farm Festival, where Stewart spoke as the Trump Chairman at the time, he was not even allowed to speak with or greet Vice Presidential candidate Rep. Mike Pence, and was instead kept completely out of the backstage area for fear of him using the event as a stunt for his own campaign.

In the end, Rubino summed up their sentiment by encouraging Trump supporters to look elsewhere for a candidate for Governor next year, citing the “net negative” contributions of Stewart, compared to the positive contributions made by his opponents, Ed Gillespie and Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach).

The audio of the interview, and an exclusive transcript of the segment, are below.

The full transcript of the piece is below:

John Fredericks:  Look we got the three people on the air right now who were integrally involved in what happened in that campaign.  Let’s start with Mike Rubino.

Mike Rubino: Well, if I can be candid with you…

John Fredericks: You’re on The John Fredericks Radio Network…trucking the truth, the king of candor, the commander of common sense.  Go ahead.

Mike Rubino: Well, Corey Stewart was fired.  As the only chairman, honorary chairman, around the country to be released by the Trump campaign.  And that’s really why I’m here, why I came down.  To remind people that he did do something horribly egregious to the president-elect.  He did something that we paid dearly for.  If you look at these…and I don’t mean to blame our loss here on one person, however,  if you’re looking for an establishment or moderate voter, you certainly don’t want to go to the RNC and call people ‘pukes.’…I don’t think that endears us to any soccer moms.  So there are reasons as to why we did what we did.  And what he did was horrible, especially considering the president-elect has chosen Reince Priebus to be his chief of staff  Could anyone be more out of touch with reality?

Mark Lloyd:  We had actually two really standing orders.  And those two standing orders were, number one, win Virginia.  Number two, bring the party together.  And those are the two things we worked through the entire time.  And there was just difficulty in making that happen when Corey did several of the things he did.

Mike Rubino: And John, you were a wonderful spokesman.  You were out there pushing our message consistently and doing a phenomenal job staying on that message.  The opposite—the reciprocal—of that, is what we had with Corey Stewart.  And you were constantly defending Corey Stewart.  Now, do you feel like, as spokesman for the Trump campaign here in Virginia, that that should have been your job?  Defending someone?

John Fredericks:  No.

Mike Rubino:  No, you should have been promoting then-candidate Trump’s message to the voters here in the Commonwealth, and you weren’t able to do that because you were constantly defending some indefensible comment [from Corey Stewart].

John Fredericks:  Yes, and back to what Mark Lloyd said to us, what he said to us—over and over—that the objective was to win Virginia and unite people and bring the party together, and Corey Stewart’s antics and behavior was counter to that almost every single step of the way.  And you’re right, I mean I spent a lot of time cleaning up after him, comments he would make on Facebook that were absolutely offensive and ridiculous and had nothing to do with gaining votes in Virginia for Trump.  You know the other thing that I will want to bring and, and look…

Mark Lloyd:  And I have a little flavor for you as well, but you go first.

John Fredericks:  Well, I’ll go first, but again, we’re not going to put the blame of losing Virginia on anybody.  At the end of the day, we’re all accountable for that, the three of us.  But look, we never recovered from the false, fake news report that the campaign was pulling out of Virginia.  We never recovered from that.

Mike Rubino:  Which pushed one person’s narrative, which was that the RNC was bad.  In fact, we were working hand-in-glove with the RNC, which is what I told Corey countless times.  And you are correct, that story killed us.  It was a kill shot.

John Fredericks:  That…we spent weeks.  I personally went on 32 different networks and try to explain that was just false.  But here’s the bottom line, Mike.  What was so devastating with that was that the false narrative—the genesis of it—was Corey Stewart.  Right?

Mike Rubino:  Deciding that the RNC was how he should, you know, leap frog to run for Governor.  That he could campaign against the establishment while my candidate, the person that I’ve worked for for 15 months, was actually using the RNC’s get-out-the-vote operation, data, and everything else.  We’ve…you know the RNC worked in Trump Tower with us.  So the narrative he was trying to push was so ridiculous and laughable.  But to do that, and to take that one step further, the way he did, to say we were pulling out of Virginia…we were simply reallocating a few staffers to North Carolina, a critical state…

John Fredericks:  For a few days!!

Mike Rubino:  And let’s be honest.  North Carolina is a firewall state.  That’s far more important, winning North Carolina than winning Virginia, because we saw the polls…

John Fredericks:  Right.

Mike Rubino:  …we knew that this was a harder state to win, that we had to win over more establishment-oriented people who I think at this point are very happy with the president-elect.

Mark Lloyd:  And I’ve said it to several of the volunteers, that were disgruntled, that Virginia was our Alamo.  We fought here, and the Clinton people had pulled out.  And all of a sudden we started making enough headway and all of that and they came back.

John Fredericks:  Well that was devastating, and that narrative, it was a false fake narrative and it was advanced by Corey Stewart, by NBC calling him up, and he’d already been fired as chairman.  He had no authorization…

Mike Rubino: And he did 20 interviews after that!

John Fredericks:  And he did 20 interviews and all the interviews were false, and he was blaming the RNC that Trump was pulling out of Virginia.  Look, we knew we had a $2 million ad buy coming down the pike in the next two weeks, but we weren’t in a position to tip our hand to tell Terry McAuliffe what was happening.  So the whole strategy at the end got completely screwed up and turned upside down by one guy.

Mike Rubino It got screwed up because he was running for Governor.  Let’s be honest.  He was running for Governor while my boss was running for the presidency.

John Fredericks:  Right.

Mike Rubino:  I’ll tell you a little inside flavor.  Mark Lloyd and I sat at our office in Glen Allen.  This was December 2015, and we talked to Corey about joining our campaign as chairman.  It was conditional on the fact that, one, he would stick to our talking points, and two, he would not run for Governor until November 9, 2016, if he decided to run for Governor.

Mike Rubino:  Well in August we found, I woke up one morning to see a campaign logo on Facebook for Corey’s Governor’s race.  This was on top of, you know, countless other things that he did which hurt Mr. Trump’s candidacy, both in Virginia but, you know, it also hurts the Republican brand.  Because in order to win in a state like Virginia, which is blue—or purple at best right now—we have to make inroads to people like the Democrats do.

John Fredericks: Right.  Well, he looked us in the eye in Glen Allen, as I said, an important thing.  He looked us in the eye and said he was going to put the presidential campaign ahead of his gubernatorial race, right?

Mark Lloyd: That’s correct.

Mike Rubino:  Could we give someone a better gift…to be Donald Trump’s chairman in Virginia?  That’s like putting a bow on the Governor’s race.

John Fredericks: No…We gave him the gift, and almost from the first day out of the box he violated that.  Almost from the first day…

Mike Rubino:  Correct.

John Fredericks:  ..and put the needs of his gubernatorial campaign distinctly ahead of the Trump effort to win Virginia, and at the end Corey Stewart’s antics, and what he did, gave us no opportunity to win the state at the end based on what went down.   It was a complete disaster.  I’ll tell you, Mike…I’ll tell you something else.  I mean, at one time they talked about getting rid of him, and I lobbied to keep him because I just didn’t want any trouble.

Mike Rubino: And you’re a good friend.

John Fredericks: I’m a friend, and I lobbied…we don’t need any turnover, we’ve got a good shot here.  When they fired him they never called me…New York never called me.  They just fired him and I found out in the media, and then they called me afterward and said, number one, they wanted to keep me clean and out of it, and number two, we didn’t want you to argue with us because the decision was made.  They just fired him.

Mike Rubino:  Listen, there were so many people that were helpful to our candidacy.  Both Ed Gillespie was helpful—he campaigned twice with Mike Pence–and Frank Wagner was helpful.  These were people that actually understood the necessity of winning Virginia but also that Virginia is a very complex and nuanced state.  Corey was tone deaf to that the entire time but he was solely focused on running for Governor.  And I implore every Trump voter out there to listen to us when we say we love Donald Trump, we worked for Donald Trump.  Do not vote for Corey Stewart just because you think that he’s the heir apparent to Donald Trump.

John Fredericks: Well, that’s a pretty compelling thing to say.  And look, the other thing about this, Mike, is that I talked to Ed Gillespie last night, right?  And he said to me that Corey Stewart never picked up the phone and asked him one time to do anything to help us—not one time.  Right?  And that was a big deal, and you know, so the people that could say well Ed didn’t do anything yeah, I mean, Corey didn’t ask him, Corey didn’t want him involved, right?  Because he was a rival running for governor.

Mike Rubino:  Ed did campaign with Mike Pence…TWICE, in Harrisonburg and in Fairfax, so I think that’s a laughable narrative as well, that’s probably going to be pushed, and I will do everything in my power to fight back against that.  And Frank Wagner helped us in Virginia Beach.

John Fredericks: Look, facts matter, truth matters.  If Corey wasn’t running for Governor we wouldn’t be having this conversation.  If Corey wasn’t going around saying that he’s the heir apparent to the Trump movement, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, because, I mean, he did do things to help us, but there was no question that the shenanigans that went on viz-a-viz his focus on his gubernatorial campaign was a disaster for us.

Mark Lloyd: Net negative.

John Fredericks: Net negative…so you would say, Corey Stewart, net negative?

Mark Lloyd: [Yep]

John Fredericks:  Mike?

Mike Rubino:  John Fredericks, net positive.

John Fredericks:  Thank you.  Appreciate it.  John Fredericks, net positive.  Corey Stewart, net negative.


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  • Connie S.

    Quite damning. Thanks for publishing the transcript for additional clarity. Because when I listened earlier it was hard to keep track if it was Mark or Mike speaking.

    • Facts are Facts


      This is so interesting that the Trump political director’s are deflecting blame onto Corey for having their asses handed to them in the presidential election. They need to admit they screwed up!

      They all have been promised jobs with the Gillespie campaign several months ago. They even put up and working behind the scenes with Riggleman to try and siphon some of the votes off Corey.

      Sounds to me that they are worried about Corey!

  • David Dickinson

    This is good for all to know.

    On a more serious note, can we come up with another word for “gubernatorial?” It sounds dumb. Like, who wants to run for Goober?
    Governorly? Nope. Generalisimo has a certain cache, but doesn’t really apply in the USA. Can’t really think of a good substitute, which may be why “gubernatorial” has stuck around for so long.

    • John Fredericks


      • David Dickinson

        🙂 Was the typo on purpose or a Freudian slip?

      • Jim Portugul

        Look, in the end Donald Trump is responsible for his campaign and campaign staff in Virginia, and no one else. He hired and fired the staff. It is Donald Trump who owes Virgina the apology for his loss in Virginia. Time for Trump to do the “apology tour” in Virginia. Instead, we get a blame it on Stewart article.

        And John, I don’t see how anyone could have done a better job than you. However, I don’t see Trump taking any responsibility for his loss in Virginia. He only takes credit for………

        If Corey Stewart can follow the Trump doctrine in Virginia, weeeellll, anything is possible.

        • John Fredericks

          Jim, I was chairman in the final month. The Trump campaign gave me everything I asked for. We failed to deliver. The buck stops with me.

          • Turbocohen

          • I was sorely disappointed that I couldn’t touch base with Team Trump over the summer, over some ideas I had to pitch to help things out in Virginia. Particularly regarding youth outreach. We did a good deal of door knocking for the RPV, and I used the Advantage Mobile app frequently.
            On several occasions, I gave my contact cards out to low-level staffers here in Richmond.

            Only once did I actually meet Corey Stewart, and that was during the Ashland Pence rally on October 3rd (which I volunteered (and kept the pass as a souvenir)). But fortunately, other states picked up the slack.

          • BastilleDay, 2112

            I also did some door knocking with the Advantage Mobile Android App. I wish the GOP was a little more enthusiastic about Trump

          • Jonathan Erickson

            We needed one more week and even
            Nova would have voted Trump. Not your fault nor Corey’s. If so can we blame you all the way back to the lousy showing by the republicans since 2006?

          • Rocinante

            I thought Chairman for the State was State Campaign Spokesmodel.

            I don’t think you or Corey were the Whitbeck/Findlay for Trump.

            The blame for Virginia goes to the Virginia GOP leadership and electeds — they could not or did not sufficiently support the nominee.

          • Joseph

            So VA going blue is the fault of everybody except the people who had the job to turn it red? Riiiight.

            As for the elected officials not supporting Trump, seriously? Are you using Comstock and Rigell as the examples for the conduct of the entire state Republican Party? Everybody else and the wannabes supported Trump.

            Although, I’d made the argument that Stewart stopped supporting Trump when he turned Trump’s campaign into another Corey Stewart publicity stunt.

          • Rocinante

            Virginia not voting for Trump is the fault of the voters of Virginia.

            The job of the Trump staff was to ‘win Virginia and ‘unite the Party.’ — They failed.

            The politics of the demonization of Corey only benefits party unity? Finish the fight??

            Newsflash: the only RPV demon close to Corey is Ron Hedlund. (Not counting Whitbeck who wears snazzy jackets colored by the blood of innocents.)

            Please speak to me of the great and powerful VGOP who, unit by unit, delivered their votes for the President.

            Show me the GOP electeds and spokesmodels publicly, or in print/electrons advocating Trump.

            Reread some comments on TBE (that have not been sanitized yet.)

            This party, through its elected and unelected ‘activists,’ oozed Anybody But Trump.

            Folks like Comstock and Rigell will be corrected within the party. Justice is as Justice does.

          • Joseph

            You want proof that the VA Gop rallied to Trump? Check the wiki of Trump’s endorsements. Obenshain, Gilmore, Davis, Blackwell, Forbes, Hager, Kilgore, Bell, Taylor, LaRock. The old guard and the new guys sided with him.

            Stewart screwed Trump’s campaign. Earlier, Stewart ran for LT Gov and couldn’t win on his own merits. This time he’s trying to run on Trump’s merits after Trump’s own people kicked him off the team. It isn’t working. “You’re fired” isn’t an endorsement.

          • Rocinante

            1) Should be all Republicans, he was the nominee.

            2) Don’t forget Dick Black, shining example and high watermark of national convention delegates.

            3) I have my own lists and they go further than names on the Trump/Pence Chalkboard.

            4) Look at the other list of all the Republican office holders, the list of Republican leadership, State Central Officials, show me the local news, let’s go to the game films and ask the boots on the ground.

            5) Corey was on the other side of the EW Jackson force of nature. You bring up a good point, could Corey have done better than EW against Ralph? I think you might be right, Corey wants and deserves a rematch!!

          • BastilleDay, 2112

            Stewart NEVER stopped supporting Trump.

          • BastilleDay, 2112

            The GOP support for Trump was lukewarm compared to Romney & McCain, IMHO.

    • Christian Heiens

      Unfortunately “Supreme Leader” has already been taken.

  • Turbocohen

    Finally an audio clip to back up what I failed to convey to well intentioned but horribly misguided Corey loyalists. Corey screwed Trump horribly.

    • Rocinante

      You know what you get with Corey.

      Gillespie and Wagner didn’t sign up for chairman.

      I saw what Corey did to get Trump elected, and I’ve heard what these guys said, and I know promised resources were not delivered.

      I choose the guy who sacrificed his political best interests to do the right thing over the guys who select their self-interests over the 11th commandment.

      Corey is the best option to beat the democrats in November.

      • BastilleDay, 2112

        Amen and Corey was re-elected in in VERY BLUE Prince William County. That speaks volumes, doesn’t it? Ed and Frank could never win in deep blue areas of the state.

    • BastilleDay, 2112

      ML was worthless in VA – he treated the ground game volunteers like garbage most of the time. Corey is a NON-RINO – Wagner and ED are HUGE RINOS. Frank and Ed didn’t do much to help TRUMP in VA and neither of them said much at all about the elephant in the room “ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION”. COREY Fought Illegal immigration HEAD-ON in VA!

    • BastilleDay, 2112

      The VA GOP screwed Trump horribly, Corey was trying to call attention to that fact. Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. That’s not as much of a crime as Lobbying against the US & VA Taxpayers or HRTAC. There were some great staff at the VA GOP HQs around the state but, the GOP never gave the financial support to Trump that Romney and McCain enjoyed. I guess the reason for that was that Trump would end the crony gravy train that many GOP officials ride frequently on.

  • just a wild & crazy RINO
  • Jonathan Erickson

    Corey tries to hard and is not in the loop even though he is the Virginia leader. Who screwed the pooch? These self same dopes telling me campaigning with Pence is good enough for a republican governor candidate?

  • Downstater

    We’ll have to get the Russians on the case pronto.

  • mezurak

    Gee who knew Clintonista crybabies were working for Trump? He lost in Virginia, no thanks to the BS the state party threw in with their delegate “conscious voting” selection schemes. Did Stewart screw the pooch? Your damn right he did. But there were plenty others in Virginia that were way ahead of him. Suck it up, buttercup.

    • BastilleDay, 2112

      Corey is NO Clintonista – Clintonistas would not fighting Illegal Immigration. OMG- are you for real? Are you on Soro’s payroll, dude?

  • old_redneck

    While you Bullshitting Elephants are mutually masturbating over Corey Stewart, there’s some serious business going on.

    Trump announced that, in December 15, he wold hold a press conference to explain how he plans to divest himself of involvement in his businesses during his presidential term. Today, December 12, he announced the was postponing the press conference until at least

    Now we know why he doesn’t want to talk about his businesses or his finances: Because he is up to his eyeballs in debt to foreign governments and foreign banks.

    Trump cannot divest himself of any properties because he likely is underwater
    on many of these loans. Divestiture would leave him with a pile of debt and no cash flow to service the debt.

    All of Trump’s top properties—including Trump Tower, the Trump National Doral golf course, and his brand new luxury hotel in Washington, DC—are heavily mortgaged. That means Trump maintains critical financial relationships with his creditors. These interactions pose a significant set of potential conflicts because his creditors are large financial institutions (domestic and foreign) with their own interests and policy needs. Each one could be greatly affected by presidential decisions, andTrump certainly has a financial interest in their well-being.

    According to his own public disclosure, Trump, as of May, was on the hook for 16 loans worth at least $713 million. This list does not include an estimated $2 billion in debt
    amassed by real estate partnerships that include Trump. One of those loans is a $950 million deal that was cobbled together by Goldman Sachs and the state-owned Bank of China—an arrangement that ethics experts believe violates the Constitution’s emolument clause, which prohibits foreign governments from providing financial benefits to federal officials.

    Trump is in hock to Deutsche Bank to the tune of $364 million.

    Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans include:

    $125 million for two mortgages on his Trump National Doral golf course in Miami. Both were taken out in 2012.

    $69 million for a 2014 loan tied to the Chicago tower that Trump and Deutsche previously bickered over. This loan is listed within Cook County property records. Trump’s personal financial disclosure form lists a loan that appears similar but doesn’t match the official record. That document notes he has a 2012 loan for the Chicago tower valued at between $25 million and $50 million.

    $170 million for a loan related to the Trump’s hotel in the Old Post Office in Washington, DC. Trump doesn’t own the building—he leases it from the federal government—but he borrowed the money to finance the building’s extensive renovation. It’s not clear when Trump borrowed the money, but it was likely after he announced his bid for the presidency.

    Ladder Capital: $228 million

    Trump’s loans with Ladder Capital include:

    $160 million for a loan related to Trump’s 40 Wall Street office tower. Trump took out the mortgage in 2015 to replace a similar loan he had from Capital One with a higher interest rate.

    $100 million for a mortgage on Trump Tower.
    This is Trump’s most prized possession and the possible “White House North,” but he only owns a small portion of the property. (Most of the condo units were sold years ago.) This mortgage provides Trump a line of credit secured by the building.

    $7 million for a mortgage on several commercial condo units in the Trump International Hotel Tower on New York City’s Columbus Circle. This loan doesn’t appear on Trump’s most recent personal financial disclosure. He filed that document in May, and he borrowed this money in July. The loan replaced an earlier one of the same amount that Trump had obtained from Swiss bank UBS Capital.

    $15 million for a mortgage on three condo units in the Trump Plaza apartment building on New York’s Upper East Side.

    Ladder Capital is not a traditional bank or a big name on Wall Street, but in the last several years it has joined Deutsche Bank as a main source of financing for Trump. In fact, since 2012, these two outfits have been the only ones to lend Trump money. Ladder Capital is a small Wall Street firm that specializes in loaning money for commercial real estate projects and, with the help of the big Wall Street banks, combining pieces of these loans into bigger packages that it then sells to investors.

    Investors Savings Bank: $23 million

    In 2010, Trump combined an earlier mortgage on his Westchester County, New York, golf course into a much larger $23 million mortgage that also leveraged his ownership of condo units in the Trump Park Avenue building in New York City.

    Amboy Bank: $16 million

    In 2010, Trump took out a mortgage on his Trump National Golf Club-Colts Neck in Monmouth County, New Jersey, for $16 million from Amboy Bank, a tiny New Jersey bank.

    Chevy Chase Trust Holdings: $10 million

    In 2009, Trump purchased a golf course in Loudon County, Virginia, for $13 million. To make the deal happen, he borrowed $10 million from the land development company that previously owned the property.

    Bank of New York Mellon Trust: $9.25 million

    Trump’s personal financial disclosure lists bonds, first issued in 1996, against a commercial property on New York’s East 56th Street. Paperwork filed with the state of New York shows the due date on the bonds has been extended to 2020.

    Royal Bank of Pennsylvania: $8 million

    In 1995, Trump purchased a lavish estate in Westchester County, New York, and in 2000 he refinanced that purchase with an $8 million mortgage from the Royal Bank of Pennsylvania. Trump originally planned to turn the large estate into a golf course, but opposition from local residents blocked the project. The property has been used as a family retreat and a playground for Trump’s two oldest sons. Trump has long had a personal relationship with the bank’s founder, and he allowed the banker’s 10-year-old grandson to perform magic tricks at Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    Merrill Lynch: Less than $750,000

    In the early 1990s, Trump purchased two houses next to his Mar-A-Lago estate, borrowing about $2 million from Merrill Lynch for these purchases. The loans, which were taken out in 1993 and 1994 and come due in 2019, are now worth between $350,000 and $750,000.

  • I volunteered many hours for the RPV GOTV efforts from June-to-Election Day. So I could never say I knew the inner workings of the Trump Team efforts here. It’s a real shame Virginia has gone blue in virtually every statewide election since 2006 (excluding, of course, 2009 (when I was a McDonnell campaign intern). I love Virginia, but I really don’t like the way she has shifted politically since 2004. Let’s make the Governor’s Mansion Republican again, then in 2018 we can unseat timkaine!

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  • Lawrence Wood

    This comment is reprinted from it’s “sister in arms” article printed on Bearing Drift Nov. 10th 2016 by contributor Shaun Kenny entitled – Did Corey Stewart Cost Trump Virginia? Pure and simple political agendas from two groups with self proclaimed “opposing political” positions according to each. Yea right!

    In the interest of just general fairness and putting the Ed Gillespie political axe to grind aside for one second and just looking at the gross population numbers for Northern Virginia and it’s census headcount estimated today at 2.7M (million) including Prince Williams County, at best a mid sized vote contributor actually at 451K (thousand) compared too for example Fairfax’s 1.2M (million) or the total aggregate population of the Northern Virginia tier this conclusion seems a major reach.

    Did Trump lose Prince Williams County, yes he did, but Trump also lose to a Clinton majority of voters in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun counties, as well as, the City of Alexandria, which backed Clinton. So the opinion that Corey Stewart catastrophically failed to deliver “Virginia” much less his home locality for the Trump campaign, really should be restated as Stewart failed to deliver the Northern Virginia Tier, which EVERY other Republican candidate has also by the way completely failed to do for close to a decade as well.

    Was the 2014 Warner/Gillespie race a more competitive contest then the Trump/ Clinton presidential election six years later, yes it was, but in my opinion for one very critical reason, and that is Warner’s very poor strategy choice of depicting himself as a Democratic moderate in the backyard of hard core Obama progressivism thereby opening the door a crack for Gillespie to sipion off some traditional left leaning independent votes. I wouldn’t expect that type of Democratic candidate mistake to occur again in Northern Virginia and we indeed haven’t seen it repeated by a host of left wing spouting Democratic candidates since.

    So maintaining that Corey Steward’s failure in carrying Northern Virginia or Prince William County for Trump is going to be any more challenging in the future for him then any other existing establishment candidate is at best splitting hairs or more likely attempting to create a unique personalized issue from what is in truth a general problem for all potential Republican candidates.

    As for Steward being the convenient fall (fire) guy for the resulting outcome of Virginia’s placement on the final presidential delegate election map as the large blue thumb conspicuously sticking out on the end of Clinton’s east coast electoral delegate count dominance well it’s always been my perspective that the guys in charge carry the win AND the losses so Trump’s Virginia Senior Advisor, Mike Rubino and State Director, Thomas Midanek certainly bear some of that responsibility regardless of whether they would rather bury it all at the feet of Cory Steward or not.

  • Sue Sherrill

    Sorry – but I sense a power struggle and, from my vantage point out here in the hinterland, the whole thing, from the official Trump staff to the RPV, was pathetically paltry! No one would get a passing grade from us – with the exception of Suzanne Obenshain whose efforts got us the materials we were asking for at reasonable prices & I don’t think she was even an official participant in either organization!

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