RICHMOND, VA -- Del. Nick Freitas, the NRA's newest waterboy, is talking a tough game when it comes to Corey Stewart. Blue Virginia is out with a new blog post catching Freitas on the John Fredericks Show saying Corey Stewart should watch his back or "prepare to get attacked back." In the interview, Freitas says he won't "stand by and watch" Stewart "come after my character or my integrity," claiming that Stewart's staff has "questioned his heritage" and "military service." Freitas also attacked Stewart's "surprisingly small" poll numbers, despite Stewart "running for a long time now."
The broadside from Freitas comes after Stewart's recent stunt in Richmond, where he called fellow Republicans the "toilet paper" GOP and "flaccid," drawing rebukes from even his fellow party members.
Read the full Blue Virginia post below and listen to the audio from the John Fredericks show below:
Fresh off his angry, incoherent tirade last Friday on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates, Nick Freitas (R-NRA) is apparently feeling feisty these days. On Monday, Freitas warned his Republican rival, neo-Confederate Corey Stewart, essentially to watch out – or else. Asked by a listener how, if Freitas wins the VA GOP U.S. Senate primary, he plans to get Corey Stewart voters to vote for him instead of staying home like they did for Ed Gillespie. Freitas’ response (clearly referring to Corey): “I don’t have some of the baggage that is commonly associated with people running for office that have been in this business for decades.” Ooooh…them there’s fightin’ words! LOL
Freitas proceeded to diss Corey’s “surprisingly small” poll numbers, especially given that Corey has been “running for a long time now.” Ouch. Freitas also bragged about his endorsements and fundraising, while raising the specter of Corey’s staff having attacked him. Check this out by Freitas:
"It has been VERY disappointing to see some of the comments that have been made by very close supporters and paid staff of Corey Stewart, some things that are deliberate lies. I’ve had people question my heritage. I’ve had people question my military service…If Corey’s people are going to continue to do some of the things they have, including his paid staffers, well then we may have a different race on our hands. I don’t want it to be that way, I sincerely do not. But I am NOT going to stand by and watch him come after my character or my integrity. I hold those things very dear. And as I tell people, I’m a man before I’m a politician. And if there’s certain things that you attack, prepare to get attacked back. I don’t want it to be that way, but again, I’m not going to sit there and just take an onslaught of false accusations and character assassination…I’ll tell you this much, again I understand we’re all Republicans here, and again I want it to be a clean race, but I’ll tell you this much: when that poll comes out that does show me right there on part or ahead...Corey Stewart, if he decides that his own only course of action is to come after me, what he’s going to be coming after is something he’s never done before. And I think it would be wise of him to consider that."
Wow. So is the 2018 Virginia GOP U.S. Senate race about to turn super-nasty? Will Nick Freitas let Corey Stewart pummel him or will he hit back? All I can say is, this Republican primary is going to be a ton of fun. Popcorn time!