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The Right Goes South: VA GOP Gov. Race Shakeup Opens Door for Early Dem Win in Prince William County

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by Ken Boddye 

In our current polarized climate, party identity and unity seem to be the order of the day. It’s sometimes hard to believe that our friends across the aisle will actually call out members of their own party when a line is crossed.

If there’s one person that can find that line and cross it, it’s County Supervisor Chairman At-Large of Prince William County, Corey Stewart. And boy did he find it — on March 23rd, he crossed it at a dead sprint without looking back.

As reported by InsideNova:

While Stewart’s often derided Ed Gillespie, the former U.S. Senate candidate and aide to former President George W. Bush, as “Establishment Ed” in tweets and Facebook posts, but he took things a step further on March 23, dubbing his opponent a “cuckservative.”

The comment came during a reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session. For the unfamiliar, the term “cuckservative” is far from lighthearted. Per the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“Cuckservative” – the unsavory combination of “cuckold” and “conservatism” – aims to depict conservatives who don’t kowtow to ultra-right political views as inept traitors to the conservative base that elected them. But the term, at its core, may be racist.

It’s sending shockwaves throughout the Prince William Republican Party, and being reported in news sources all across the spectrum. As reported by the Jeffersoniad:

Prince William County School Board member Willie Deutsch is the first public official to call for PWC Chairman Corey Stewart’s resignation after his use of the word “cuckservative” to describe GOP frontrunner and former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie.

If you read the article, you’ll notice updates indicating that more and more Republican officials have condemned Stewart’s comments, and this condemnation is spreading throughout the state.

As reported by conservative publication BearingDrift, this all comes as a capstone to a rather bad week for Stewart:

The fallout for Stewart’s campaign has been apocalyptic, and growing, as we speak.

The Republican Party of Virginia via Chairman John Whitbeck repudiated the campaign:

“The term ‘cuckservative’ is racist and its use is not acceptable in political discourse under any circumstance. I condemn the use of the term unequivocally and without exception. No Republican should ever use this type of language in a campaign.”

Yes, fellow conservatives are referring to Stewart’s actions “apocalyptic” to his campaign, and it is beginning to expose chinks in the armor of the Republican establishment not only in Prince William County, but the entire state.

All of this begs the contrast to how the Democratic Party is operating right now, and presents a unique opportunity for us.

As I wrote in a diary a few weeks ago, Prince William County is having a Special Election on April 18th for the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Republican House of Delegates Majority Whip Jackson Miller is running for this seat against Democratic-Party-backed Jacqueline (Jackie) Smith, a lawyer in the Dumfries area who ran last time and lost by a very small margin.

As of the writing of this diary, there has been no statement by Miller regarding Stewart’s remarks. That could be telling as it appears the Republican Party has been broken into two factions: those condemning Stewart and those remaining silent.

Meanwhile, each and every Democrat running for the House of Delegates in Prince William County (including yours truly) has been canvassing with Jackie every weekend and helping to ensure as many residents know about the special election as possible. As the Republican Party scrambles to do damage control, we’re banding together regardless of who has primaries this year to help a fellow Democrat get elected.

We’re all in this for the betterment of our communities, and Jackie Smith is the right pick. We can use this opportunity to keep the momentum going and deliver a knock out blow to Jackson Miller on April 18th. We just need your help.

Jackie’s website and donation page should be shared liberally.

A win for Jackie is just the first step in our march of progress this year in Virginia, though. My race for the 51st District of the House of Delegates is the next step, and is a very winnable seat; our next filing deadline for fundraising is at the end of this coming week (March 31st!) so I’ll need your help.

My donation page can be found here.