If neither side changes, writes Mr. Anderson, who through one of his aides refused the request for an interview, the party’s nominees for the governor, deputy governor and attorney general will be selected by the state’s 72-member Central Committee, “which will take the concept of a met party chair In a back room full of smoke. “
The inability to organize a nomination contest led to the ridicule of an unorganized party aiming to win a statewide election for the first time in 12 years. John Fredericks, the radio talk show host who was Virginia’s president for Mr. Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, organized bingo games to poke fun at the party’s marathon Zoom meetings, which each lasted from four to eight hours.
“To stay four months away from the nomination and not have any process is very embarrassing and shows unwillingness to make concessions in favor of the party,” said former Governor Bob McDonnell, the last Virginia Republican to win a statewide election. “Every day that passes hurts our ultimate candidate for countless reasons.”
Sixteen minutes after the New York Times emailed members of the state’s Central Committee asking questions about the internal Republican nomination battle, the party’s general counsel, Chris Marston, who is also Mr. Snyder’s campaign compliance attorney, emailed committee members asking them not to speak To reporters.
Mr Marston’s stated reason to avoid media scrutiny is the lawsuit that Ms Chase filed in federal court challenging the party’s decision to hold a convention. But the courts have long given political parties ample leeway to set and enforce their own rules for selecting candidates. Few of those outside the immediate circle of Ms. Chase’s supporters believe the lawsuit slated for Friday will succeed.
This week Ms. Chase got support for her base payment from Mr. Yongken. Through Interview with Charlottesville radio station on TuesdayMr. Yongkin, whose supporters want a primary election, said it was “unfair” that the party had created uncertainty for candidates in the nomination process.
He said, “Boy, can I sympathize with Senator Chase for her frustration.” “Here we are on February 16th, we have elections in November, and we don’t even have a plan to choose our candidate. I mean, that’s really amazing to me.”