Republican Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase is doing the whole lot she will to current herself because the Donald Trump in a governor’s race stuffed with Liz Cheneys and Mitt Romneys.
The Virginia gubernatorial race would be the carefully 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 latest presidential elections, has not elected a Republican governor since Robert McDonnell in 2010.
“I am daring and outspoken, and folks have known as me ‘Trump in heels,'” Chase informed Fox Information. “They examine me lots to Trump as a result of I am not politically right.”
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Chase is the Republican who’s doing greatest 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 drive the Virginia Republican Get together to decide on its nominee through major as an alternative of conference. The deadline for the GOP to file to change to a major 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 wish to management the method to allow them to get their candidate elected … I believe 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 in regards to the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
“These weren’t rioters and looters, these had been patriots who love their nation and don’t wish to see our nice republic changed into a socialist nation,” Chase stated in January.
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She later stated she was not referring to people who stormed the Capitol, in line with 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 informed Fox Information. “The extra Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney Republicans voted for my censure. … They’re making an attempt 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 because of the state’s prohibition on governors serving consecutive phrases.
Whereas she says her grassroots assist is powerful, Chase has many detractors throughout 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 file and archive all committee conferences.
If elected, she vows to restrict the governor’s emergency powers to forestall an imbalance of energy — but in addition says she’d use government orders to reverse Demcrats’ gun management laws.
“I would like to have the ability to speak about common issues that I am operating on as I marketing campaign for governor, however a lot of that’s encompassed round individuals simply wish to get their lives again to regular,” Chase stated. “They’re uninterested in dwelling underneath these government orders. … We have to get individuals again to work, get our youngsters again to high school.”
Her Republican rivals appear to be spreading an analogous message. Virginia hasn’t elected a Republican governor since Bob McDonnell in 2009, however a crowded area of Republicans is hoping to vary that. Former Virginia Home Speaker Kirk Cox, former Division of Protection official Sergio de la Pena, tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder, former funding agency government Glenn Youngkin and others are competing for the get together’s 2021 nomination.
Chase blasted lots of her rivals for having “no expertise.”
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“I am at all times saying, when you actually wish to run for workplace you should run for a [state] Home or Senate seat as an alternative of leaping right into a statewide race. You haven’t any identify ID. … you haven’t any shot at successful,” she stated.