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Paul PAC, AFP Spend 6-Figures Each on Freitas

Corey Stewart’s radio ad touts his pro-Trump credentials.

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Zach C. Cohen
June 7, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

America’s Liberty PAC, which is aligned with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), reported spending $225,000 on its TV ad supporting state Del. Nick Freitas (R). (FEC)

Americans for Prosperity also reported spending $137,000 to create and air a pro-Freitas digital spot and fund phone and in-person canvassing. (FEC)

Prince William County Supervisors Corey Stewart (R) released a radio and digital ad on Thursday touting his “A rating from the NRA” and calling him “pro-life and pro-Trump” with a record of “winning five times in Blue Northern Virginia” and “deporting eight thousand illegal aliens.” It also calls him “The man we should have run last year,” in reference to his failed bid for governor.

Stewart: “Unlike Tim Kaine and the Republican Establishment, I’ll stand with President Trump. It’s time for a conservative fighter in Virginia.” (release)

“With just six days before GOP primary voters go to the polls … Freitas unloaded a broadside against … Stewart, saying Stewart had made lapses in judgment over his associates that disqualify him from holding high office.” Freitas: “If we are to continue our party’s legacy, we must reject Corey Stewart’s dog-whistling of White supremacists, anti-Semites, and racists.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“Stewart … said he also cut ties with” perennial Wisconsin candidate Paul Nehlen (R) “and no longer considers him a hero. … [H]is campaign has removed any mention of Nehlen on its websites” Stewart: “That was before he went nuts and started spewing a bunch of stupid stuff. … When he started saying all that crazy stuff, I wanted nothing to do with him after that.”

“He said he regretted attending a news conference about Confederate monuments with alt-right activist Jason Kessler, who later organized a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that erupted into violence and led to the death of a 32-year-old woman. Stewart has said the news conference also occurred before he knew what Kessler was about.” (Washington Post)

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