The Washington Post has more on Corey Stewart’s decision to run for Lieutenant Governor:
Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart, the politically ambitious architect of the county’s illegal immigration crackdown, said he plans to run for lieutenant governor next year.
It is well known that Stewart, a conservative Republican, is eyeing higher office. He frequently has been mentioned as a potential successor to U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.). And now that Davis has decided not to seek reelection, Stewart has declared himself the “preeminent Republican in Northern Virginia.”
Well, I’ve gotta say, Corey’s definitely got an ego. Preeminent Republican in Northern Virginia, huh ? Based on what ? Two races for Prince William BCOS Chairman and five years in politics, apparently. I wonder if Frank Wolf, Dave Albo, Ken Cuccinelli, Bob McDonnell, Jeff Frederick, and Tim Hugo got the memo.
Stewart’s claim to fame, winning re-election last year:
While the rest of Northern Virginia continued a Democratic trend in November, Prince William County solidified its conservative tilt. Stewart takes credit for that by championing such issues as slow growth and the fight against illegal immigration.
“Republicans got creamed in Northern Virginia in 2007, and I held Prince William together and kept it Republican,” Stewart said. “The party needs a shot in the arm. It’s gone stale. It needs vigorous leadership.”
What about losing the Gill-Nichols race ?
After reading this, I can’t help but think that Stewart has latched onto this illegal immigration issue purely for political purposes and he’s going ride it for all it’s worth. Whether that will get him to Richmond or not remains to be seen.