It’s the very thing the GOP Establishment fears most – loss of control.
This week, an example of that diminished control reverberated throughout D.C. as challenger Scott Taylor, who is a former Navy SEAL and current Virginia State Representative, defeated longtime Republican Congressman Randy Forbes.
Taylor supported Donald Trump and Trump’s America-first economic platform. Randy Forbes did not.
Virginia voters just fired Randy Forbes.
Taylor hosted a Virginia Trump rally as far back as September, and has since repeated his plan to support the New York billionaire in his upcoming presidential battle against Hillary Clinton.
Polling data indicates one of the issues that doomed Forbes’s primary campaign was the longtime Congressman’s support of Obamatrade – the fast-track trade deal that many feel would ship yet more jobs outside of the United States, further debilitating an already suffering American Middle Class.
Congressman Forbes was successfully painted as an Establishment elitist who too often sided with party leaders over the needs of Virginians, and it cost Mr. Forbes dearly at the polls even though his campaign outspent Taylor by a three-to-one margin and had the support of both the state and national Republican machine. Forbes even attempted to jump from his state’s Fourth District to its conservative voter-dominated Second District to run for re-election, a move supported fully by the GOP establishment.
It appears that attempt failed.
Reports indicate a stunned House Speaker Paul Ryan was quick to phone Taylor and offer his support in his General Election bid this November as Republicans in D.C. brace for yet more pro-Trump influence that is already shaking the Establishment foundations of the party.