Republican Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase is doing everything she can to present herself as Donald Trump in a governor’s race full of Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney.

The Virginia gubernatorial race would see the first statewide election as Democrats took control of the White House and Senate in 2020. The state, which has moved from the battlefield to a solid blue state in recent presidential elections, has not been elected a Republican since Governor Robert McDonnell took office in 2010.

“I’m bold and outspoken, and people have called me ‘Trump in Heels’,” Chase told Granthshala News. “They compare me a lot to Trump because I’m not politically correct.”

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Chase is the Republican who is doing the best Election, But he also hopes the state hopes the most with the GOP (after being sacked) after suing the Virginia Republican Party for forcing them to choose their candidate through the primary rather than the convention. gubernatorial hope. The deadline to file for converting GOP into primary is Tuesday.

“Liz Cheney of the world – they don’t know what to do with it,” she said. “Unfortunately, Republican establishment elites, country club Republican elites … they want to control the process so that they can elect their candidate … I think it’s going to their demise.”

Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chusterfield, Richmond, Va., Works on a laptop before a special session of the Senate at a remote location on Thursday, February 11, 2021.  (AP Photo / Steve Halber)

Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chusterfield, Richmond, Va., Works on a laptop before a special session of the Senate at a remote location on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (AP Photo / Steve Halber)

Chase’s five-year career in the state legislature has not been without controversies. She After recently filing a lawsuit against her state Senate colleagues, including three Republicans, she voted to vote for comments about the January 6 riots in the US Capitol.

Chase said, “These were not rioters and looters, these were patriots who love their country and do not want to see our great republic in a socialist country.”

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She She later said that she was not referring to the men who attacked the Capitol. NBC Washington. Chase attended a Trump supporter rally on January 6 but was not part of the Capitol invasion.

“There are a lot of similarities between Trump and me,” Chase told Granthshala News. “The more Mitt Romney, the Liz Cheney Republican, voted for my censor. … They are trying to call me an insurer.”

Democratic Zuberatorial Candidate (and former governor) Terry McAuliffe also recognizes similarities.

He said, “We must defeat Trumpism here in Virginia.” said A Senate impeachment trial in response to a tweet by Chase commemorated Trump’s acquittal.

Chase was the only Republican in the governor’s race for months after announcing his candidacy in February 2020. The 2021 race has been wide open since the Virginia government. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is unable to run for reunification due to the state’s prohibition on governors. Is serving continuously.

While she says her grassroots support is strong, Chase has several barriers within the Virginia GOP. She Left Republican caucus in 2019 but postponed his work Transparency Caucus He co-founded, which pushed state legislatures to record and archive all committee meetings.

Amanda Chase presents a bill in the state Senate in 2019.  (Courtesy Chase Campaign)

Amanda Chase presents a bill in the state Senate in 2019. (Courtesy Chase Campaign)

When elected, she vows to limit the Governor’s emergency powers to prevent a power imbalance – but also says she will use executive orders to overturn Demakrats’ gun control law.

Chase said, “I would like to talk regularly about the things I’m running as a campaign for governor, but a lot of that is about people getting their lives in general Want. “They are tired of living under these executive orders … We need to get people back to work, get their children back to school.”

Her Republican rivals tend to spread a similar message. Virginia has not elected a Republican governor since McDonnell in 2009, but a crowded field of Republicans is hoping to change that. Former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, former Department of Defense officials Sergio de la Pena, tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder, former investment firm executive Glen Youngkin and others are competing for the party’s 2021 nomination.

Chase blasted many of his competitors for “having no experience”.

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“I’m always saying, if you really want to run for office, you need to run [state] House or Senate seat instead of jumping into a statewide race. You don’t have a name … You have no shot to win, ”he said.