Chris Stearns doesn’t exactly come from my axis of the Republican Party. He is an avid supporter of Ron Paul. I think Ron Paul’s foreign policy is stupid enough to get us all killed. He wanted to see the RNC rules changes wiped from the books. I supported the measures as pragmatic and necessary. He wanted to oust an effective campaigner and strategist in Mike Thomas from the State Central Committee. If I sat on that committee, Thomas would’ve had my vote.
All of that being said, when you’re making endorsements for elected office, and not party office, you look at voting records and principles, and on those issues, Stearns will be a reliable vote in the Virginia State Senate against tax-hiking big government statism.
That’s why I’m endorsing Chris Stearns in the May 9th Firehouse Primary for Virginia’s 14th Senate District.
His opponent, Delegate John Cosgrove, is exactly what’s wrong with Republicans in Richmond. He voted for Bob McDonnell’s massive transportation tax hike, whereas Stearns would’ve vehemently opposed it. With a divided State Senate that may tilt one way or another this year, we need more stalwart conservatives in the Upper Chamber. Stearns would be that conservative. Cosgrove wouldn’t.
The 14th is a “safe” Republican seat, meaning I’m going to back the most conservative candidate we can field. While I may have issues with Stearns’ libertarian sensibilities, in the realm of state government they mean very little. He will be a vote against high taxes, a vote against unnecessary regulations, a vote for sensible energy policy and a vote for limited government. The Virginia Senate desperately needs more of those votes.