Joe Graziano, one of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the 28th District, is none to happy with Speaker Howell’s recent endorsement of late entry Richard Stuart. Stuart completed part of one term as Commonwealth Attorney on the Northern Neck, and apparently thinks he’s in a position to compete with Pollard, since that’s Pollard’s base of support.
“Bill Howell’s shocking endorsement of Stuart, a moderate from the Northern Neck will certainly be looked upon as nothing short of a sickening betrayal by conservatives. Howell’s behavoir throughout the nominating process has been odd, to put it mildly. At first he did nothing, when the GOP really needed his involvement. Now, 25 days from the primary, he endorses a late entry into the race after declaring his neutrality.
First, we were asked to stomach Howell’s jumbled mess of a transportation bill. Now our Delegate from Stafford asks conservatives to support Chichester clone from the Northern Neck. If Bill Howell wanted to start a war between moderates and conservatives in the 28th district race, he has certainly succeeded. In private conversation with me, Howell stated it was Virginia Beach Senator Ken Stolle’s efforts which brought Stuart into the race. Apparently, Stolle (himself in a primary versus a conservative challenger), was able to talk Howell into joining him. Stuart, Chichester, Howell and Stolle, quite a recipe for distaster in November. I hope Bill Howell understands, this is a betrayal conservative Republicans won’t soon forget.”
I’m not quite sure what to make of this, but this field is getting awfully crowded, awfully quickly.
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