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Libertarian group founded by Koch brothers says it won't help Stewart

Libertarian group founded by Koch brothers says it won't help Stewart

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Corey Stewart, seen at his primary victory party Tuesday in Woodbridge, is the Republican nominee to run against Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., for the U.S. Senate. Behind him is his wife, Maria, and son Isaac.

Americans for Prosperity, the libertarian-leaning political organization founded by brothers Charles and David Koch, says it will not assist pro-Confederate GOP Senate nominee Corey Stewart in his run against Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

The organization helped Stewart rival Nick Freitas in this year’s GOP primary, which Stewart narrowly won on Tuesday.

JC Hernandez, Virginia state director for Americans for Prosperity, said the group works with candidates that advance its initiatives.

Stewart’s support for tax increases as chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors is one thing that rules him out, he said.

“When we look at the entire picture across the country, who are the folks that we can work with who are going to help us push those agenda items?”

In Virginia’s 2017 election for governor, Americans for Prosperity spent $2.6 million on independent expenditures against Democrat Ralph Northam for things such as TV ads, digital ads, mailers, postage and door hangers, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in state politics.

Kaine is favored for re-election in Virginia, where Republicans haven’t won a statewide contest since 2009.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, a national organization that seeks to strengthen the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, also has no plan to spend money helping Stewart in the Virginia Senate race, Politico reported.

Stewart, who intentionally says controversial things to generate attention, is adept at getting free media publicity, however.

For example, he was on “Cuomo Prime Time” Wednesday on CNN, where he got national exposure relishing in CNN’s format — a political argument happening live.

On CNN, Stewart said he won the primary Tuesday because he is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and because Republicans want “a fighter” who is “going to kick the teeth out of Tim Kaine.”

The host and Stewart shouted over each other as Cuomo raised Stewart’s past ties to white nationalists and Stewart accused Democrats of playing “the race card.”

At one point in the combative interview, Stewart said: “I take support from whoever wants to give it to me. That does not mean I support their views.”

Stewart added: “I do not want to have anything to do with anyone who is racist and bigoted or anti-Semitic.”

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