John Fredericks In the News
Ingraham Mulls Senate Race
Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who is planning a run for U.S. Senator in 2018, is joining us live today in our D.C. studios from 9:00 -10:30 a.m.We’ll find out what he thinks about the incoming world scene, our incoming President Donald J. Trump and…:radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, who is reportedly seriously considering a race for the Virginia for U.S. Senate in 2018.
No “Gimme” for Ingraham
Virginia Republicans are unlikely to “clear the field” for a prospective Ingraham U.S. senate race.
If the television and radio personality decides to enter the race for the Va. GOP nomination to run against Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in 2018, she will undoubtedly face a fierce and bruising nomination battle.
Other candidates who are likely to battle for the Virginia Republican Senate nomination include former Gov. Jim Gilmore, former candidate for President Carly Fiorina, Va. Delegate Jimmie Massie and early Trump supporter and Silver Star recipient Bert Kameaaloha Mizusawa, a major general in the United States Army Reserve.
U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va/7) has already told Sen. Kaine he does not plan to run for U.S. senate in 2018. We also assume U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA/10) is not inclined to give up her House seat to run a long shot bid for U.S. Senate.
Laura, welcome to Virginia politics, where candidates don’t have limo drivers, first class airline tickets and 24 hour green room hair and makeup teams at their beck and call. See you at the Buchanan County GOP unit meeting, and the Danville Waffle House!
Morning Line Odds on 2018 GOP Senate Nomination (Primary)
Carly Fiorina 2:1
Jim Gilmore 3:1
Laura Ingraham 9:2
Bert Mizusawa 6:1
Jimmie Massie 12:1
Although Corey Stewart was ousted as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in Virginia this fall, he’s still anchoring his gubernatorial campaign to the GOP president-elect.
In the wake of Trump’s victory, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors took aim at Ed Gillespie who, like Stewart, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.
“Ed Gillespie treated Donald Trump like he had typhoid,” Stewart said in a post-election interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “He would not appear with him on stage. He would not mention his name unless he was condemning him.”
The record on the first part of Stewart’s statement – that Gillespie would not appear with Trump – doesn’t lend itself to a fact-check because it requires us to get into Gillespie’s head. Gillespie never did appear on stage with Trump in Virginia, but there’s no evidence he refused to do so. Gillespie’s campaign says he was never invited by Trump’s camp and we’ve found no information to contradict that.
So we’ll fact check the second part of Stewart’s statement – that Gillespie only mentioned Trump’s name when he was “condemning him.”
Even the Republican National Committee’s internal polling showed Donald Trump losing Tuesday’s election. But not everyone got it wrong. Here are the people who said that Donald Trump would win the general election or took him seriously enough to accurately predict, early in his candidacy, the manner in which he would be able to beat Hillary Clinton if he did win:
1. Conservative Virginia radio host John Fredericks.
According to CNN archival research wizard Andrew Kaczynski, Fredericks said in April 2015—before Trump had even announced his candidacy—that he would win if he ran.*