Yep, this is the Republican 2017 Virginia gubernatorial field (not including Rob Wittman, who wasn’t at this Chamber of Commerce, and also had nothing interesting to say – as usual – in his recorded remarks — UPDATE: Wittman reportedly is out of the race). First, check out corporate lobbyist Ed Gillespie talking about how he really REALLY wants Virginia to look a lot more like states like North Carolina, because we know how well things have worked out there (not!), either economically or politically for soon-to-be FORMER Gov. Pat McCrory. Heh.
Then check out fired-by-the-Trump-campaign-for-complete-incompetence Corey Stewart, also waxing rhapsodic about North Carolina and how Virginia should be just like that. Finally, there’s State Sen. Frank “Dominion Power’s Puppet” Wagner, who is just SO excited that Donald Trump was elected President, arguing that this is the “biggest positive economic development thing that I’ve seen in the last 30 days.”
Other than that, all of these guys spew out the usual right-wing talking points about lower taxes on corporations/rich people, reduced regulations (there goes health, safety, the environment, etc.), blah blah blah. So yeah, quite a field the Virginia GOP’s got there. Let’s just make sure that in 2017, NONE of these bozos wins.
UPDATE: Compare the right wingnuts above to Democrat Ralph Northam, the only one of the four with a serious (let alone positive, inclusive, open and welcoming) vision for the future of Virginia and by far the most impressive background (VMI graduate, service in the military, business owner, pediatric neurologist, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, etc.).