The Virginia gubernatorial race would be the intently watched first statewide election since Democrats took management of the White Home and Senate in 2020. The state, which has shifted from a battleground state to a solidly blue state in current presidential elections, has not elected a Republican governor since Robert McDonnell took workplace in 2010.
“I am daring and outspoken, and other people have referred to as me ‘Trump in heels,'” Chase instructed Fox Information. “They evaluate me loads to Trump as a result of I am not politically appropriate.”
Chase is the Republican who’s doing finest within the polls, however she’s additionally the gubernatorial hopeful who’s most at odds with the state GOP after submitting a lawsuit (since dismissed) to pressure the Virginia Republican Occasion to decide on its nominee by way of main as a substitute of conference. The deadline for the GOP to file to modify to a main is Tuesday.
“The Liz Cheneys of the world — they do not know what to do with this,” she stated. “Sadly, the Republican institution elite, the nation membership Republican elites … they need to management the method to allow them to get their candidate elected … I feel that is going to be to their demise.”
Chase’s five-year profession within the state legislature has not been with out controversy. She lately sued after her state Senate colleagues, together with three Republicans, voted to censure her for feedback concerning the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
“These weren’t rioters and looters, these have been patriots who love their nation and don’t need to see our nice republic became a socialist nation,” Chase stated in January.
She later stated she was not referring to people who stormed the Capitol, based on NBC Washington. Chase attended the pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6 however was not part of the Capitol invasion.
“There’s so many parallels between Trump and myself,” Chase instructed Fox Information. “The extra Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney Republicans voted for my censure. … They’re attempting to name me an insurrectionist.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidate (and former governor) Terry McAuliffe appears to acknowledge the parallels as properly.
“We should defeat Trumpism right here in Virginia, too,” he stated in response to a tweet from Chase celebrating Trump’s acquittal within the Senate impeachment trial.
Chase was the one Republican within the race for governor for months after she declared her candidacy in February 2020. The 2021 race is large open since Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is unable to run for reelection as a result of state’s prohibition on governors serving consecutive phrases.
Whereas she says her grassroots assist is robust, Chase has many detractors inside the Virginia GOP. She left the Republican Caucus in 2019 however touts her work on the Transparency Caucus she co-founded that pushed the state legislatures to report and archive all committee conferences.
If elected, she vows to restrict the governor’s emergency powers to stop an imbalance of energy — but in addition says she’d use govt orders to reverse Demcrats’ gun management laws.
“I would like to have the ability to speak about common issues that I am working on as I marketing campaign for governor, however a lot of that’s encompassed round folks simply need to get their lives again to regular,” Chase stated. “They’re bored with residing beneath these govt orders. … We have to get folks again to work, get our children again to highschool.”
Her Republican rivals appear to be spreading the same message. Virginia hasn’t elected a Republican governor since McDonnell in 2009, however a crowded area of Republicans is hoping to alter that. Former Virginia Home Speaker Kirk Cox, former Division of Protection official Sergio de la Pena, tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder, former funding agency govt Glenn Youngkin and others are competing for the occasion’s 2021 nomination.
Chase blasted lots of her rivals for having “no expertise.”
“I am all the time saying, if you happen to actually need to run for workplace you’ll want to run for a [state] Home or Senate seat as a substitute of leaping right into a statewide race. You don’t have any title ID. … you don’t have any shot at profitable,” she stated.