RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican former Rep. Scott Taylor says he’s running for U.S. Senate in Virginia, hoping to unseat Democrat Mark Warner in a state that’s become increasingly hostile to the GOP.
Taylor kicked off his campaign Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” saying Virginia has a “leadership crisis” and needs a “fresh start in the Senate.”
Taylor is an ex-Navy SEAL and state delegate who was once a fast-rising star in the Republican Party. But Taylor served only one term as a representative from Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, and was swept out by an anti-Trump wave last year.
His reelection effort also was clouded by his campaign staffers being accused of forging voter signatures to put a third-party “spoiler candidate” on the ballot. Taylor has maintained that he was aware of his staffers’ effort to get a third candidate the ballot, but knew nothing of any wrongdoing.
Warner is a former Virginia governor and was first elected to the Senate in 2008. He’s the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and has accused President Donald Trump of disrespecting U.S. allies and ingratiating himself with adversaries.
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