"We've got to dirty Candland up and bury his ass." - Corey Stewart
So where do we begin? For the record, nobody was more encouraging of Corey Stewart to run for the United States Senate than this blog. I thought he was the perfect template of a true grassroots conservative upstart statewide candidate. He was a locally-based candidate, young, and had a strong record on taxes and immigration. He was new, different, and had an interesting personal back-story. He was popular in one of the most important battleground counties in the state both in a general and a primary campaign. Everything I was told was that he was running. He went on News Channel 8 and blasted George Allen in ways that were true, issues that are hurting him now in his race with Tim Kaine. I liked Corey, I thought he was the perfect tea party upstart candidate who could win. Young, new, and from a local office.
But then he didn't run. That would be fine, I understand that this would have been a major undertaking, but then he immediately endorsed George Allen, and in glowing terms. So glowing that it made me wonder, what does this man believe in? Is he willing to sell out his principles to get ahead in the state party and decided having Allen as a friend and becoming lieutenant governor was the better way? Again, it made me question him and I rolled my eyes but hey, politicians are politicians.
But then came this business with supervisor private funds in Prince William County. Supervisor Peter Candland has been doing yeoman's work shining the light on the inside game of power and politics. I was completely baffled as to why Corey Stewart decided to work against Candland? After all, when Stewart himself was a supervisor he was something of a hell-raiser and his ascension to the chairmanship was not welcomed by the same people that now hate Candland. For someone running for a statewide office this should have been a no-brainier. The Republican base is just eating up what Candland is doing. Why Stewart, who isn't going to be on the board much longer, wouldn't back Candland and help make that part of his case for being lieutenant governor is beyond me. My theory is that Stewart, who has made a career as being a conservative outsider, simply got tired and decided that making peace with George Allen and the Republican establishment in the state was the easier way to go.
What made me write this post was the recent revelation from The Sheriff (the best new blog in VA, btw) that Stewart is now working on smashing Candland to stop him from endorsing Scott Lingamfelter for lieutenant governor. I understand why. To win a convnetion, you absolutely need a untied base to start from and Lingamfelter will cut into Corey. Jeanemarie Davis is already going to squeeze him in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Chuch where the squish establishment leadership will support her because they yearn for her husband. Stewart needs PWC all in behind him and Scott breaks into that. Conservative activists across the state will compare Lingamfelter's pretty sterling Assembly record with Corey's ping-pong conservatism of the last two years and it will be a no-brainer.
Please read THIS POST. It is incredible.