This is a new low for Republican politics in Virginia.
Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart (R-VA) apparently is referring to his Republican rival Ed Gillespie on Reddit as “cuckservative” now. He recently held an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) chat on Reddit filled with some rather questionable language. Below is a screenshot from his Reddit account:
— Travis Fain (@TravisFain) March 24, 2017
This – a party chair hitting a candidate in an intra-party primary like this – is unprecedented in Va politics: https://t.co/zIufnik9s5
— Quentin Kidd (@QuentinKidd) March 24, 2017
— John Whitbeck (@JohnWhitbeck) March 24, 2017
— Fenit Nirappil (@FenitN) March 24, 2017
This isn’t Stewart’s first dabbling into name calling. He has repeatedly resorted to calling Gillespie “Establishment Ed,” accusing him of being pro-abortion, and anti-gun. Stewart himself has several inconsistencies about his record–particularly taxes. But I digress…
Stewart has attempted to run like Trump here in Virginia but has failed to garner much traction. Most notably, he was working for President Trump’s campaign in Virginia but was fired last October for organizing a protest at the RNC.
“Former Virginia State Chairman Corey Stewart is no longer affiliated with the Donald J. Trump for President campaign,” said Trump’s deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, last fall. “He is being replaced, effective immediately. Corey made this decision when he staged a stunt in front of the RNC without the knowledge or the approval of the Trump campaign.”
Most Virginians saw Stewart’s involvement in Trump’s campaign as a stepping stone for his own gubernatorial bid-which has been tumultuous from the start. He previously ran an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor in 2013 and has caused the ire of many conservatives here in Virginia since then.
Travis Fain of The Daily Press–a major publication here in Virginia–cited our Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson in a piece detailing the ridiculous nature of Stewart’s penchant for using the term “cuckservative”:
This is a combination of “cuckhold,” a derisive term for a man whose wife cheats on him, and “conservative.” Think of it as the newer and more oddly sexually tinged version of RINO – “Republican in Name Only.” Or, as conservative commentator Erick Erickson has put it in the past, “a slur against Christian voters coined by white supremacists.”
Many prominent conservatives in Stewart’s county have called for him to resign, while Republican Party of Virginia leaders have condemned his remarks.
Republican Party of Virginia John Witbeck condemned Stewart’s remarks and issued the following statement:
“The term “cuckservative” is racist and its use is not acceptable in political discourse under any circumstance. I condemn the use of the term unequivocally and without exception. No Republican should ever use this type of language in a campaign. ”
Prince William County School Board Member Willie Deutsch called for Stewart to resign from his post on the county Board of Supervisors and echoed it in The Bull Elephant:
The Prince William County Young Republicans echoed Deutsch’s call for Stewart to resign.
Name-calling is unacceptable, no matter your political affiliation. (Let’s run on principles and ideas in a positive manner, please?) If Stewart continues to resort to this, he will lose the primary and deservedly so. These repeated attacks are uncalled for and unbecoming of a Republican candidate for statewide office.
With the recent withdrawal of distiller Denver Riggleman from the gubernatorial race, I’ll be assuredly casting my vote for Ed Gillespie in our June 13th primary. I hope other Virginians join me in doing so. Tarnishing conservatism with repugnant rhetoric has no place in our party or our movement here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.