Youngkin Joins Packed Republican Gubernatorial Field

Former Carlyle Group CEO Glenn Youngkin brings the number of announced Republican candidates for Virginia governor to five.

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The ad is impressive; the life story even more so.

Glenn Youngkin is not your typical Republican, that’s for sure.  From blue collar leanings to the head of one of the largest capital investment groups in the nation, Youngkin has a story that is rooted in Virginia soil.

Youngkin wasted no time throwing punches at his opponents.  From his press statement:

“I’m not a politician, and I certainly don’t have the 120 years of combined political baggage that my opponents have. They talk a lot about solving problems, but I’ve actually done it. I spent the last 30 years building business, creating jobs, and bringing people together to succeed. Guided by my faith, I will bring that same dedication to serving Virginians.

Former Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) — who has the lion’s share of that political experience — took a different and more graceful tack altogether:

“I had the chance to talk with Glenn several times last summer as he first began to consider running for Governor. Through those conversations, I came to respect Glenn’s faith and commitment to service. I also know Glenn has been very successful throughout his career in private equity across the globe. His business resume and extended global connections certainly make him a worthy competitor.

Meanwhile, Pete Snyder — a man with similar credentials to Youngkin — is already up on television with a six-figure advertising buy focused on education:

“We’re nearly a year into this pandemic and the career politicians in Richmond have done more to rename our schools than open them. As governor, I’ll take on the special interests, get our kids back in the classrooms and bring strong, decisive leadership to the state capitol.

To add yet another wrinkle to the Republican gubernatorial bid, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Sergio de la Pena is also running for the Republican nod as a proud Trump supporter that will surely bite into State Senator Amanda Chase‘s (I-Chesterfield) presumptive leadership over the populist wing of the party:

When Sergio immigrated legally, he learned English and assimilated. He supports building a wall to stop illegal immigration, and making English the official language. Sergio would eliminate taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal immigrants in Virginia like in-state college tuition and drivers licenses for illegals.

De la Pena is also a retired colonel in the United States Army.

With Youngkin’s introduction to the race, this makes five announced candidates for the Virginia Republican gubernatorial nod — with State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) also widely believed to be on the cusp of an announcement.

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