WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Republican Corey Stewart announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
Corey Stewart announced his senate candidacy Thursday, saying he is the type of Republican "fighter" needed to unseat Sen. Tim Kaine in next year's election.
Stewart is a former state campaign chairman for Trump who lost to former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie in the GOP gubernatorial primary last month. The underfunded Stewart ran a deliberately provocative campaign, which included outspoken support for Confederate symbols, to gain attention.
He's promising to run a similarly aggressive campaign for Senate.
"As an obedient servant to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Tim Kaine is the leading obstructionist against Trump's America First agenda," Stewart opened. "Virginians and citizens across the country need a fighter representing them in D.C. who will stand up to and defeat the smug Washington elites."
"This last election proved that Virginians want a fighter who will stand for them. The era of the kinder, gentler Republican is over."
"Virginia needs a U.S. Senator who will work to fund the border wall, fix our tax code, repeal Obamacare, and get government out of the way so Americans can get back to work," Stewart said. "That is why today, I am announcing as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia."
"The Clinton and Obama ideologues have controlled Virginia for too long, and it's time to turn Virginia red again," Stewart said, "and no weak-kneed Republican is up to that task," Stewart asserted. "I will be the fighter the Republicans need to defeat the Democrats in Virginia."
Corey Stewart is a Republican Candidate for Senate, Former State Chairman for Donald Trump, and At-Large Board of County Supervisors Chairman of Prince William.
Several other Republicans, including former Gov. Jim Gilmore and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, have also expressed interest in running.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.