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Corey Stewart: Virginia Election Was 'Rejection of the Failed Bush Wing'
Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 11/8/17 | Graham Moomaw

Posted on 11/08/2017 10:25:18 AM PST by leaymane

Anti-establishment firebrand Corey Stewart wasted little time Tuesday night before offering his synopsis of why Republicans lost big in Virginia's elections: They picked the wrong guy.

After watching Republican Ed Gillespie go down in defeat in the governor's race, Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and the former chairman of President Donald Trump's Virginia campaign, blasted Gillespie in a statement, saying he "refused to stand with the grassroots of the party and refused to fight ultra left wing Democrats."

"Tonight was a humiliating rejection of the failed Bush wing of the Republican Party," said Stewart, who almost upset Gillespie in the GOP primary for governor earlier this year running on a right-wing populist platform of cracking down on illegal immigrants and defending Confederate symbols.

Gillespie, a former White House aide to President George W. Bush, professed to be running on a big-tent Republican platform in his stump speeches. But after he narrowly beat Stewart in the June primary, his campaign ads took on a harder edge, emphasizing the threat of violence from Latino street gang MS-13 and accusing Democrat Ralph Northam of wanting to "tear down history" by supporting the removal of Confederate statues.

Stewart - now seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in 2018 - had long said he would support the Republican ticket even though he wouldn't be leading it. But he didn't whole-heartedly endorse Gillespie, and Gillespie never campaigned with Stewart in the general election.

"We were told Virginia needed a moderate to win," Stewart said. "So we nominated one, but after listening to the swamp's consultant class, Virginia's Republicans have gone from losing by 2.5 points to 9 points. Virginians will learn from tonight, and 2018 will be a fantastic year for Republicans as we fight the left and take our country back."

With the governor's race looking close heading into Election Day, Stewart took credit for pushing Gillespie further right, which Stewart claimed boosted Gillespie's standing in the polls.

Though Stewart said Tuesday night that a fuller embrace of Trump's agenda will help lead Virginia Republicans back to victory, it's unclear how that strategy would play out in the only Southern state Trump lost last year.

Northam won Tuesday by tallying huge margins in the so-called golden crescent, the eastern population centers stretching from Northern Virginia to Richmond to Hampton Roads. Gillespie won handily in the state's less populated rural areas, but the red parts of the map simply didn't produce enough votes to counter Democratic-leaning cities and suburbs.

In Stewart's home county of Prince William, Northam won by a whopping margin of more than 20 percentage points.

David Ramadan, a former Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates who has become an outspoken Trump critic, responded to Stewart on Twitter Tuesday night by pointing out that several longtime Republican delegates from the Prince William area lost their seats in Tuesday's anti-Trump backlash.

"Enough with the shilling and further destruction of Conservatism," Ramadan said.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bush43; coreystewart; edgillespie; election; gope; rinos; va2017; virginia
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Hey look, guess you guys were right about "Establishment Ed"
1 posted on 11/08/2017 10:25:19 AM PST by leaymane
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To: leaymane

Dann straight!


2 posted on 11/08/2017 10:28:09 AM PST by COBOL2Java (John McCain treats GOP voters like he treated his first wife)
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To: leaymane

Honestly, I’m not sure I buy this, and it might not be good for the mid terms believing that.

Seriously, in the case of Virginia, what is making that place lean Dem? Why is it not like Wisconsin, Penn, Michigan?

Disappointing to see Virginia go Dem, but we better learn from it.


3 posted on 11/08/2017 10:28:39 AM PST by Professional
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To: Professional

So Virginia is no longer a Battleground State, best not to waste resources on it going forward. We don’t need them, anyway.


4 posted on 11/08/2017 10:31:34 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: leaymane

The heads of the failed Bush wing voted for HRC and for nobody


5 posted on 11/08/2017 10:32:46 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (When your business model depends on slave labor, you're always going to need more slaves.)
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To: Professional
how many wack jobs (obama lovers) serve in the military and are stationed at all the bases in the state?

Their presence alone doesn't help.

We campaign on solid conservative principles, we win. But the GOPe doesn't want that.

6 posted on 11/08/2017 10:32:53 AM PST by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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To: leaymane
Gillespie and anyone else who is so tone deaf as to have any Bush campaign for him is not smart enough to govern anything.

The Bushes are a pariah to the Left, Right, Center, Up, and Down wings of the political spectrum. Gillespie is living in a bubble if he thought for a minute that "W" Bush would win him even one vote.

The Bushes are universally despised by ordinary people.
 

7 posted on 11/08/2017 10:32:58 AM PST by Governor Dinwiddie (Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?)
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"Tonight was a humiliating rejection of the failed Bush wing of the Republican Party,"....

Complete repudiation of the Bushes and the GOPe’ers of the Swamp!

8 posted on 11/08/2017 10:43:14 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: leaymane

Not buying it. The GOP got wiped out in the House of Delegates including a long time firebrand conservative in NoVa who lost to a T in LGBT. The demographic realities of the state have made the state bluer and bluer each election. The last time a GOPer won a statewide election was 2009.


9 posted on 11/08/2017 10:44:57 AM PST by C19fan
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To: leaymane

If you liked Jeb Bush, you’d love Ed Gillespie!


10 posted on 11/08/2017 10:46:15 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: C19fan
I generally agree. Three conservative Republican members of the HoD were beat and 13 or more (depending on recounts) GoPe members of the HoD lost.
11 posted on 11/08/2017 10:52:15 AM PST by 103198 (It's the metadata stupid...)
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To: Professional

We have had a huge influx of foreigners, both legal and illegal.
The change started during the GWB years and accelerated during the Kenyanesian Usurpation.
The VAGOP has been controlled by the open borders Bush wing for a long time.
Last Gov.’s race we somehow managed to nominate Cucinelli against their wishes and they sabotaged him at every opportunity.
We could have had an honest, conservative Governor, but the Bush wing would rather have McAwful.
Gillespie had already failed as a Senate candidate, mostly because he refused to renounce amnesty/open borders policies.
Those very policies are why he failed again.


12 posted on 11/08/2017 10:52:25 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: C19fan

I am not buying either. You are correct. Its been 8 years since the GOP won state wide in VA. This is really not a battleground state anymore, especially with so many liberal government workers in NOVA.


13 posted on 11/08/2017 10:54:54 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: C19fan

Agree 100%. How many living in NOVA live off the Federal Government? How many new “Immigrants” have been drawn to the land of Taxpayer funded Milk and Honey in VA?

Why would they Vote for anyone even slightly affiliated with a movement to lessen the Federal Government’s overreach?

Virginia is just another Domino that has fallen to the Commies. I live in Commiefornia and I remember the days when the Citizenry was Sane. It took a few Decades, but the worm turned here and it will never recover.

Virginia is gone and I am waiting for other Southern States to turn Purple and then Blue. When North Carolina is treated as a Swing State during a Presidential Election, the writing is on the wall.


14 posted on 11/08/2017 10:56:03 AM PST by Kickass Conservative ( Democracy, two Wolves and one Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.Does the Government)
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To: C19fan

Allowing McAwful four years to perfect vote fraud doomed us.
The same people who sabotaged Cucinelli expected us to vote for their guy this time.
Didn’t happen.
The Bush crew is responsible for the flipping of VA with their open borders policy, so they have no one to blame but themselves.


15 posted on 11/08/2017 10:56:18 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: C19fan

Check the sealed scantron or other optical voter ballot boxes...look for numbers of ballots scanned not matching the numbers who canme into vote in each district.(ie 50 ballots in the box vs 300 votes as recorded as being in that box) That is how they cheated in Detroit!


16 posted on 11/08/2017 10:57:04 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Men and Devils can't out-"alinsksy" God! He knows where "all the bodies are buried!")
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To: C19fan

McAuliffe’s FELONS got to vote this time, too!


17 posted on 11/08/2017 11:02:36 AM PST by onyx (JOIN 300 CLUB BY DONATING $34 MONTHLY!)
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To: C19fan

“The GOP got wiped out in the House of Delegates including a long time firebrand conservative in NoVa who lost to a T in LGBT”

Well maybe next time their lazy base will show up then. Now they get to be represented by a dude in a dress, and they deserve it.

This isn’t determined by a dice roll, voters.


18 posted on 11/08/2017 11:03:35 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: KC_Conspirator

The democrats ran against President Trump and the republicans ran away from him. How did that work out for the republicans


19 posted on 11/08/2017 11:03:36 AM PST by italianquaker
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To: leaymane

A democrat state voted in another democrat. Same with NYC and same with Jersey.

And I am supposed to be screaming and running in circles?

Meh.


20 posted on 11/08/2017 11:08:37 AM PST by OpusatFR
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