Tea Party, PAC tap Corey Stewart, Mark Obenshain in vetting for statewide nominations
A vetting of statewide candidates for the lieutenant governor and attorney general nominations fro the Republican Party in the 2013 elections conducted by the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and Middle Resolution PAC led to the groups endorsing Corey Stewart for lieutenant governor and Mark Obenshain for attorney general.
More than 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.
“The lieutenant governor race has been very competitive with a field of excellent candidates. We are pleased that Corey Stewart demonstrated a strong grasp of the constitutional principles of limited government and individual liberty during his questioning,” said Angie Parker, executive director of Middle Resolution PAC. “Mark Obenshain delivered an outstanding performance during his interview. This proven strength, combined with a vigorous statewide campaign, places Mark in a good position for both the May 18th nominating convention and November 5th general election.”
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 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.
Founded in Richmond, Middle Resolution PAC helps elect leaders who are committed to restoring individual rights and limited government as described in the U.S. Constitution. Middle Resolution also holds legislators accountable once in office, following all necessary voting records.