In today’s special U.S. Senate election for U.S. Senate, Alabama voters elected the state’s first Democratic Senator in 25 years. Amidst a recent slew of allegations of past sexual encounters with underage girls, Republican Roy Moore was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones in the race to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
And of course, in the middle of it all, there was Corey Stewart.
A Democratic victory in the deep red state of Alabama suggests that traditionally Republican voters chose integrity over partisanship at the polls. This does not bode well for Corey Stewart, Virginia’s inflammatory career politician who is now running to be Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor Governor U.S. Senator. If Alabama Republicans did not turn out in support of a controversial Republican candidate, Virginia’s Republican voters certainly won’t. Not in the primary and not in the general.
While the Democratic victory is a huge loss for President Trump, who endorsed the controversial Moore, Corey Stewart is arguably the second biggest loser of the night. As usual, Stewart inserted himself into the midst of a high-profile controversy and emerged defeated after venturing down to Alabama on Sunday in order to campaign for Roy Moore. This is not the first embarrasing loss that Corey Stewart has experienced while campaigning on behalf of another candidate. In fact, it is a bit surprising that Corey Stewart believed he could help deliver Alabama for Roy Moore, when he failed to deliver his very own Prince William County for Donald Trump in 2016. Once a Republican stronghold, Prince William turned blue for Hillary Clinton 57%-37%.
In a Facebook Live video earlier this evening, Stewart accused “the Republican establishment” of “colluding” with Democrats in order to defeat Roy Moore and other pro-Trump candidates, himself included. But if Stewart expects Republicans to blind support a Republican nominee despite concerns over allegations of sexual misconduct, his expectations are highly hypocritical. During Virginia’s gubernatorial election this year, Stewart himself refused to endorse a Republican nominee, citing Ed Gillespie’s less than hard-line stances on sanctuary cities and confederate statues.
“There is one word you will never hear from me, and that’s unity.” – Corey Stewart (6/13/17)
If Corey believes himself justified in failing to support Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia, it is by his own standards that Alabama Republicans are justified in failing to support Republican Roy Moore. If Corey is allowed to vote his conscience, choosing integrity over partisanship, everybody else should be as well.
As Stewart continues yet another ill-fated quest for statewide office, he would do well to remember the lessons of elections past and rethink his campaign strategy.
- November 2016: Firebrand populist Donald Trump lost Virginia by more than 5%.
- November 2017: Republicans nominate a moderate Ed Gillespie, but despite record Republican turnout, a historical wave of angry, anti-Trump Democrats won the Governor’s Mansion and nearly take control of the House of Delegates.
- December 2017: The deep red state of Alabama elects a Democratic U.S. Senator for the first time in a quarter century.
But perhaps some people never learn…