Gun-toting state senator expected to announce bid for Virginia governor

Gun-toting state senator expected to announce bid for Virginia governor

RICHMOND — State Sen. Amanda Chase, a suburban Republican known for embracing President Trump and wearing a .38 Special on her hip, will have a "huge" announcement Monday — feeding speculation that she will run for governor next year. “I have an announcement to make . . . at the Capitol that you won’t want to miss,” Chase (Chesterfield) says in a video posted on Facebook Friday afternoon. “You know I am tired of the failed leadership here in the General Assembly and I feel like Virginians expect and deserve better.” After winning a second Senate term last year, Chase, 50, said she planned to run for governor in 2025. But she has decided not to wait, according to conservative radio host John Fredericks, who said Chase told him she plans to run for governor in November 2021. “She told me five minutes ago,” Fredericks, who was President Trump’s 2016 Virginia campaign chairman, said shortly after the Facebook post appeared. Sen. Joseph D. Morrissey (D-Richmond) said Chase told him the announcement “involves the race for governor.” He said she’s been talking with him for some time about the possibility that she would run next year — and make gun rights the “centerpiece” of her bid. Chase would be the first Republican to formally enter the race to succeed Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who by law cannot seek back-to-back terms. Pete Snyder, a Northern Virginia technology entrepreneur, has been publicly mulling a bid. Republicans have not won a statewide race […]

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