After a long, grueling, process that included a lengthy and intense interview before 200 people, the Virginia Tea Party and the Middle Resolution have endorsed Corey Stewart for Lt. Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General. The endorsements came as a surprise to many involved in Virginia politics.
From the Virginia Tea Party press release:
“Over 200 Virginia Tea Party and Middle Resolution members from 31 groups across the state took part in the vetting session, each completing scorecards based on the candidates’ responses during live interviews. Identical questions on constitutional principles principles, policy, and political philosophy were asked of each candidate; candidates were not given questions beforehand. Campaign viability was also factored into the evaluation.
Participating Tea Party groups and Middle Resolution members will share the knowledge gained from the two-day vetting process with over 1,000 convention delegates from their respective groups. These delegates will then support Corey Stewart and Mark Obenshain for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, respectively, at the May 17-18th Republican Nominating Convention in Richmond where a multiple ballot process will lead to the selection of a Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and a single ballot process will determine the Republican nominee for Attorney General.
The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation is a coalition of 46 independent Tea Party and patriot groups that stand for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market principles.”
UPDATE: The Prince William County (home to Corey Stewart) Tea Party Patriots have denounced this endorsement process, called it “flawed,” and stated that they “will not endorse any candidate for Lt. Governor or Attorney General recommended by the Federation.”