(AmericanProsperity.com) – Longtime GOP fixture and Club for Growth Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Parkinson announced on Monday morning that he will run for next year’s Virginia Senate, which raises Republicans’ chances of flipping a seat that would allow them to increase the party’s presence in the Congress’ Upper Chamber.
In his announcement video, which he posted on Vimeo, Parkinson explained that President Joe Biden and Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine have been ignoring the American middle class by being responsible for different crises such as inflation and crime, which has severely affected not only their pockets but also their security. He pointed out that Kaine has played a major role in this situation as he has held numerous government roles for three decades and has enabled these left-wing policies by supporting and voting with left-wing radical Bernie Sanders almost every time.
Parkinson will run against Kaine, who is seeking a third term as a Senator after winning reelection in 2018 by nearly 20 points and serving as Virginia’s governor for five years. Kaine was also Hillary Clinton’s pick for Vice President in 2016, but lost against Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
In addition to working at the Club for Growth since the year 2019, Parkinson is known for his role at different major positions since 2006, including the chief of staff position in 2018 when he was serving then-representative Ron DeSantis. In addition, held different positions in Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s office.
With Parkinson’s decision, the primary race for the Senate will be quite crowded as political commentator Jonathan Emord and former Navy officer Hung Cao will also be part of the bid. Many believe that Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin will also announce a Senate run, but he hasn’t commented anything so far. However, it remains unclear who of these three Republican figures could be the favorite to beat Kaine and recover the seat in a state that has been turning blue over the last few years.
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