E.W. Jackson Reflects on Campaign and State of Republican Party

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) After losing to Ralph Northam in the 2013 general election, E.W. Jackson said he is still in it to win it.

"Because George Washington didn't quit and neither will we. We're not going to quit until we win." said Jackson, a former Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

He spoke to his supporters about some of his beliefs, many of which he campaigned on during the November election.

Many were still digesting his loss over lunch on Saturday.

"We should have spent more time responding to some of the things that were coming out," said Daniel Bradshaw, who is E.W. Jackson's Political Director.

Jackson agrees that the controversy didn't help, but he also points to the negative portrayal of his party during the election.

"We had the shutdown, which the mainstream media blamed Republicans for," said Jackson.

The investigation into former Governor McDonnell's involvement with Star Scientific, he says, also hurt the party.

"We had the governor, the governor was completely sidelined, because of the problems that he had so we couldn't. The governor couldn't campaign for us, couldn't raise money for us," said Jackson.

"Looking potentially at another statewide run in 2017," said Bradshaw, when asked what's next for Jackson.

Jackson has also started a Political Action Committee (PAC) known as "Unite Virginia", which he said will be used to support conservative nominees for future statewide elections.

Shortly after the lunch with his supporters, Jackson met up with religious leaders from across the valley and accepted the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership award at the Mount View Fellowship Church of the Brethren in McGaheysville.

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