Tomorrow, June 12th, thousands of Virginians will be going to the polls to cast their votes. It’s a primary election, so I don’t expect the turnout to be in droves. The incumbent on the Democratic side, Tim Kaine, will face off in November against one of three Republican candidates—Corey Stewart, E.W. Jackson, or Nick Freitas. Tomorrow’s vote will finalize the Republican choice to run against Kaine. Some might think tomorrow’s primary election is largely inconsequential, but I beg to differ. There are two solid choices for the office of U.S. Senate that I would recommend, but one is most prepared for the job: Nick Freitas.
E.W. Jackson is a commendable Republican, and if the choice was between Corey Stewart and E.W. Jackson, then there’s no question that Jackson would be the right statesman. However, when compared to the international experience that Nick Freitas has as a veteran, combined with formal experience in governance and well-polished views of how economics and liberty are essentials to American values, Freitas has the edge.
The likely favorite for tomorrow’s GOP primary is Corey Stewart, which is truly unfortunate. Yes, he does espouse and defend a lot of the same views as Jackson and Freitas, like the second amendment and lower taxes, but Stewart is a tremendously poor choice for the Republicans in November for at least three reasons: his ineffective political methodology, his incoherent understanding of economics, and his clumsy views of what liberty really means. Freitas presents the opposite and ideal alternative to each.
Donald Trump was able to capture the vote in many swing states during his 2016 election for the presidency, likely in part to his unabashedly anti-PC (politically correct) methodology. It worked in places like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and elsewhere, but it didn’t in Virginia. Corey Stewart, meanwhile, literally is a Trump-wannabe who seems to think that he can insult people into the U.S. Senate. It didn’t work for Trump in Virginia, it didn’t work for Stewart when he lost the GOP gubernatorial primary to Ed Gillespie, and it won’t work this coming November. When Freitas confronted Stewart in a spring debate at Liberty University over racially-demeaning comments that his field directors made towards the last name, “Freitas,” Stewart didn’t distance himself from those egregious comments whatsoever, but simply justified this type of gross behavior since he said the Kaine campaign would be running a dirty campaign too. The last time I checked, “principled conservatives” were supposed to have principles, which are noticeably absent from Stewart and his campaign.
Another noticeable difference between Stewart and Freitas is economics. Freitas is a libertarian-leaning Republican, similar to the likes of Rand and Ron Paul, and with that comes a robust, free-market ideology. Stewart, however, might call for lower taxes and spending, but he is not entirely in defense of a free market. When the two debated the issue of Facebook’s anti-conservative algorithms in the promotion of certain news content, Stewart challenged that Facebook was taking away our first amendment rights. He actually called for governmental intervention by invoking anti-trust laws—you know, the laws that progressive Democrats of the early 1900s helped push. Freitas, on the other hand, has a much better solution—keep government out of the free market, even if we don’t like the political viewpoints of a powerful, social media company. Facebook wants to limit conservative voices in the news—so what? They are a private company. Go to another social media platform, or create your own. That’s how a free market works. The government exists to protect our lives, liberty, and property—not our Facebook newsfeed.
All of this is to say that Nick Freitas is the candidate of liberty, while Stewart is the candidate of rage. I would argue that Stewart’s vision of freedom is the freedom to be in agreement with him. Freitas’s understanding of freedom is that people have the right to make their own decisions, so long as they do not infringe upon the freedom of other people. This is a crucial distinction in ideas, and it’s one that may just be enough to give Freitas enough votes over Tim Kaine in November. Republicans need to get a lot of votes from independents and libertarians in order to win. The prospect that Stewart would get a sizeable amount of votes outside of registered Republicans is laughably improbable. Freitas, meanwhile, has both political views and the respectful personality that could pick up plenty of non-registered Republicans.
Tomorrow is an important primary election. Nick Freitas is really the ideal candidate for the Republican Party. He truly is a principled conservative in every aspect of the term. His policies would be invigorating to Virginia and the United States as a whole. Please vote for Nick Freitas and help the state of Virginia recapture the spirit of liberty in the lines of George Washington, James Madison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, and others who helped make this country great.