Corey Stewart (politician)

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Corey Stewart
Corey Stewart (Chairman, Prince William County, VA), Nov 2016.jpg
Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors
Assumed office
December 4, 2006
Preceded by Sean Connaughton
Occoquan District Supervisor
In office
November 6, 2003 – December 4, 2006
Preceded by Ruth Griggs
Succeeded by Michael May
Personal details
Born Corey Alan Stewart
(1968-08-01) August 1, 1968 (age 48)
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maria Stewart
Children 2
Education Georgetown University (BS)
William Mitchell College of Law (JD)
Website Official website

Corey Stewart (born August 1, 1968) is an American lawyer and politician currently serving his fourth term as At-Large Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County, Virginia. He was a losing Republican primary candidate in the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial election.[1]

Stewart drew national media attention for spearheading Prince William County's 2007 crackdown on illegal immigrants.[2][3] He was hired as the Virginia chairman of the Donald Trump for President campaign in December 2015, and fired by the campaign in October 2016.[4]

Stewart announced his run for Governor of Virginia in April 2016. He drew more media attention for his use of the word "cuckservative" in a Reddit AMA.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors[edit]

Elections[edit]

Stewart was first elected as Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in a November 2006 special election to replace Sean Connaughton (who resigned to take a post at the United States Maritime Administration).[5] Stewart defeated Democratic Party candidate Sharon Pandak with 53% of the vote.[6] Stewart was elected to a full term in 2007 with 55% of the vote,[7] re-elected in 2011, and re-elected to serve a third term in 2015 with 57% of the vote.[8]

Immigration[edit]

In 2007, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution targeting illegal immigrants; the resolution ordered the Prince William County Police Department to check the immigration status of anyone who breaks the law and cuts off public services to those who are undocumented.[9][10]

Gun control[edit]

Stewart led the successful effort to eliminate Prince William County's concealed-carry handgun permit fee, reducing the overall cost to lawful handgun owners from $50 to the state minimum of $15.[11][12]

Spending cuts[edit]

Stewart has consistently advocated for significant reductions in government spending.[13][14]

Campaign for Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Stewart unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in the 2013 election.[15] In a seven-person race, Stewart was eliminated in the third round of voting in the Republican convention, losing to E. W. Jackson.[16][17]

Virginia State Chairman for Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign[edit]

In December 2015, Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced that he had chosen Stewart to chair his campaign in Virginia.[3] Stewart has been an outspoken proponent for Trump in national media.[18] Stewart continued to support Trump even as other Republican officials disavowed him after various controversies.[19] In July 2016, Stewart blamed "liberal Democrats" and specifically Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam for the spree killing of police officers in Dallas, Texas.[20]

On October 10, 2016, amid reports that the Republican National Committee was withdrawing resources from the Trump campaign to focus on down-ballot races, Stewart organized a pro-Trump women's demonstration in front of the Committee's Washington, D.C. headquarters, resulting in his getting fired from his position on the campaign.[21] Stewart later blamed "establishment pukes" at the Republican National Committee for his firing.[4] Days later, the RNC and the Trump Campaign announced that they were withdrawing from Virginia, drawing the ire of Stewart, who blasted the decision as a betrayal of the grassroots and "totally premature."[22] Despite his firing, he continued to support Donald Trump.[23]

Campaign for Virginia governor[edit]

At the Virginia State Republican Convention on April 30, 2016, Stewart announced his intent to run for Governor of Virginia.[1] Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University called Stewart "on the very conservative end" of the Republican candidates for governor in 2017.[1] In December 2016, Stewart announced that his campaign for Governor of Virginia would give away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle for Christmas to highlight his support for Constitutional carry in Virginia, which would enable law-abiding citizens to conceal carry handguns without a permit.[24]

In March 2017, Stewart admitted that his campaign, since at least May 2014, had been editing his Wikipedia page to remove unflattering information and add positive spin, through at least two registered accounts.[25] On the same day, during a Reddit AMA, Stewart called his GOP primary opponent Ed Gillespie a cuckservative, agreed with a questioner that asked if Bill Clinton was a rapist, and wrote “CONFIRMED!” to a questioner who asked if Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe "is a cuck".[26] Virginia GOP chairman John Whitbeck rebuked the remarks, calling some of Stewart's language "racist", and noting that the term "cuckservative" is “used by white nationalists.”[26]

In a poll of GOP primary voters conducted March 16–26, 2017, Stewart had the support of 11% of registered voters, trailing Gillespie's 38%. State Senator Frank Wagner drew 10% in the same poll.[27] A subsequent poll conducted between May 9-14 showed Stewart with the support of 18% of GOP primary voters, with Gillespie still showing 38% and Wagner moving up to 15%. 24% were still undecided while 5% chose none of the candidates. In the same poll, 7% of Virginia Republicans felt Stewart had the best chance of winning the general election, compared to 60% who felt Gillespie did.[28]

On June 13, Stewart narrowly lost the primary to Gillespie, garnering 42.5% of the Republican votes to Gillespie's 43.7%.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Stewart is a native of Duluth, Minnesota.[30] He transferred to Georgetown University after a year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and was the first member of his family to graduate from college.[31] He also graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and afterwards settled in Virginia [31] Stewart works as an international trade attorney, and he and his family live in Bel Air, a historic colonial-era plantation house in Woodbridge that was regularly visited by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.[31] He met his wife, Maria, who is from Sweden, after spending a year teaching English in Japan before law school.[31] The couple has two sons.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pope, Michael (May 3, 2016). "Virginia Gubernatorial Hopefuls Gearing up for 2017". WVTF. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Legacy of Anti-Immigrant Corey Stewart". America's Voice. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  3. ^ a b Olivo, Antonio (December 16, 2015). "Why Donald Trump chose Corey Stewart to chair his Virginia campaign". Washington Post. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Laura Vozzella, This Virginia politico was fired by the Trump team — but it could help him, Washington Post (October 15, 2016).
  5. ^ Kunkle, Frederick (October 8, 2006). "Candidates Differ on Approach To Growth". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Virginia Elections Database » 2006 Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Special General Election Prince William County". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Virginia Elections Database » 2007 Chairman of the Board of Supervisors General Election Prince William County". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "2015 November General". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Miroff, Nick (2007-07-11). "Pr. William Passes Resolution Targeting Illegal Immigration". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  10. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/24/tim-kaines-radical-optimism
  11. ^ Palermo, Jill (February 23, 2016). "Prince William supervisors slash price for concealed carry permits". Inside Nova. 
  12. ^ Hunley, Jonathan (February 28, 2016). "Prince William board reduces concealed-handgun permit fees". The Washington Post. 
  13. ^ Palermo, Jill (April 11, 2016). "Stewart tax-rate plan would cut funding to schools, police". Inside Nova. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  14. ^ Reid, Randy (November 16, 2012). "PWC board chairman proposes $9.6 million in FY 14 budget cuts to keep tax bills “flat”". Bull Run Now. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  15. ^ Antonio Olivo, Why Donald Trump chose Corey Stewart to chair his Virginia campaign, Washington Post (December 16, 2015).
  16. ^ Jill Palermon, UPDATED: Corey Stewart eliminated as GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, Inside NoVa (May 18, 2013).
  17. ^ Ben Pershing & Errin Whack, Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot, Washington Post (May 18, 2013).
  18. ^ "Cruz forces still question Donald Trump’s conservative cred". PBS. May 10, 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  19. ^ Fain, Travis. "Virginia GOP disavows Trump's words, not Trump". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  20. ^ Laura Vozzella, Trump’s Virginia chairman blames Clinton, 'liberal politicians' for Dallas massacre, Washington Post (July 8, 2016).
  21. ^ Staff, AOL. "Trump Virginia chair was fired Monday for staging a protest outside of the RNC headquarters.". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "Trump's campaign is giving up on Virginia". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  23. ^ Laura Vozzella, "Va. Democrats aim to make 2017 governor’s race all about Donald Trump", The Washington Post, (October 25, 2016)[1]
  24. ^ "Gubernatorial Hopeful Giving Away AR-15 for Christmas". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  25. ^ Kaczynski, Andrew; McDermott, Nathan (2017-03-23). "Virginia gubernatorial candidate removed unflattering info from Wikipedia page". CNN. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  26. ^ a b Laura Vozzella (2017-03-24). "GOP chair slams Va. gubernatorial contender for calling rival a ‘cuckservative’". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  27. ^ TEGNA. "Poll: GOP front-runner ties Democrats in governor's race". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  28. ^ Gregory S. Schneider (2017-05-15). "Post-Schar poll finds Ed Gillespie with big lead for GOP gubernatorial nomination". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  29. ^ "Virginia Primary Results: Northam Will Face Gillespie in Governor’s Race". NY Times. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  30. ^ Du, Susan (April 27, 2017). "Duluth's Corey Stewart turns Confederate poster boy in Virginia governor race". City Pages. Minneapolis. Retrieved April 27, 2017. The 48-year-old Duluth native attended college at St. Olaf in Northfield and law school at William Mitchell in St. Paul before moving to Virginia. 
  31. ^ a b c d e Jonathan Hunley, "Stewart touts Trump for president, himself for governor," NorthernVirginia Magazine (September 6, 2016)Stewart touts Trump for president, himself for governor

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sean Connaughton
Chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors
2007–present
Incumbent