One Republican who has made campaign appearances with Stewart is Del. Ben Cline of Rockbridge County, who is running for Congress in the 6th District, where GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte is retiring. Cline faces Democrat Jennifer Lewis in the Republican district, which includes Roanoke, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and rural areas along the Shenandoah Valley.
But the prevailing GOP position on Stewart seems summarized by Rep. Rob Wittman, R-1st, who in July said he didn’t have plans to campaign with Stewart.
“Our schedule is booked all the way through this campaign season,” he told radio host John Fredericks. “My focus is 100 percent on our campaign and getting things done there.”