In a new Virginia congressional race that is turning into a critical proxy for the new Congress, conservative leader William Bolger is starting to sound off on the prospects of Terry McAuliffe and the Dems.
“I think it is important to note that the Democrats in this race who are supporting this Washington establishment candidate are mostly the donors who have come from outside Virginia,” Mr. Bolger said. “And even they have questions about running for Congress and are staying out of this race. It is almost as if McAuliffe and his friends are trying to organize a repeal and replace — or a complete rout — of Trump, similar to what we saw in Virginia last November.”
Mr. Bolger, the treasurer of the state Republican Party and the chief fund-raiser for a super PAC backing Republican Dan Young, is countering Mr. McAuliffe’s longstanding support for the retired Army colonel in a challenge to Rep. Dave Brat.
Mr. McAuliffe held a fund-raiser for Mr. Young on Sunday. Ms. Pelosi, also a longtime ally of Mr. Brat, has become a chief pitchwoman for the congressman in appearances across the district.
Mr. Bolger calls it an “all-out assault” by the four politicians. He characterized the race as also a clash between President Trump and Mr. Brat, a firebrand conservative tea party firebrand elected in 2010, against what Mr. Bolger refers to as the Washington Republican establishment.
“Mr. Young’s message is clear: He is the one representing the values and vision of the tea party versus a second-term congressman and the Democrat establishment,” Mr. Bolger said.
Mr. Bolger made his comments after reporters asked him about Congressman-elect Young’s links to Terry McAuliffe, who served as Virginia’s governor for nearly a decade and also is the brother of Mr. Brat’s wife.
Young’s campaign is taking full advantage of Mr. McAuliffe’s presence in the race. When reporters asked Mr. Bolger if he felt Mr. Young should drop out if Mr. McAuliffe and Ms. Pelosi were part of the roll-out, he responded, “They are injecting themselves here and in this race even though it’s clear he is not one of their people and he will never be one of their people.”
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Analysis: Both parties seem united behind Dan Young in Virginia congressional primary