Statement of Kirk Cox on the Republican Party of Virginia’s selection of 2021 nomination method

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker, retired teacher, and candidate for Governor Kirk Cox released the following statement Saturday after the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee selected a convention as the party’s nominating method for 2021.

“Earlier this week I told members of the State Central Committee that I was committed to pursuing the Republican Party nomination for Governor regardless of what nomination method was selected today. While I may have a personal preference on nomination methods, I do not think declared candidates should put their thumb on the scale.

“Making that commitment was easy because I know I am the best candidate to bring our party together to win in 2021. I have a proven conservative track record, the willingness to fight back against unchecked one party Democratic control, a vision for how to lead forward, and the ability to win. Even as a conservative, I hold the bluest seat of any Republican in the General Assembly because I know how to bring people together.”

“Amanda Chase’s antics have long grown more than tiresome. Her threat to run as an independent is based solely on the fact that she knows principled, conservative Republicans will never tolerate the demagogue she has become. She could participate in this nomination contest, but instead she will fade from relevance as loyal Republicans continue to focus on putting our conservative principles to work solving the challenges people face daily in this Commonwealth under weak and misguided Democratic rule.”