GOP candidate for governor and Virginia State Delegate Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) reportedly said Tuesday he does not stand with Republicans in Congress who plan to object to the Electoral College votes and that Joe Biden will be the next president.
Cox’s reported comments were shared by Daniel Grimes, a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC29 in Charlottesville, in a post on Twitter .
“Just spoke to [Cox], a Republican candidate for governor, who says the Electoral College certified the results in December and [Biden] will be the next president,” Grimes wrote. “He does not stand with Republicans on the Hill who are fighting the results.”
Just spoke to @kirkcoxforva ,a Republican candidate for governor, who says the Electoral College certified the results in December and @JoeBiden will be the next president. He does not stand with Republicans on the Hill who are fighting the results.
— Daniel Grimes (@dnlgrimes) January 5, 2021
The Virginia Star made multiple attempts on Tuesday to reach Cox for comment on this story, but did not get a response before press time.
Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield), the other declared GOP gubernatorial candidate, who has been anything but bashful in defending President Donald Trump and has made claims of election voter fraud both in Virginia and nationally, said she was not surprised by Cox’s reported comments.
“That doesn’t surprise me because Kirk Cox was never with President Trump,” Chase told The Star. “He never supported President Trump openly, he never participated in the rallies. Of course [Cox] is excited at any thought that he could get Trump out of office because he’s a never-Trumper.”
“[People] are frustrated because they don’t feel like the Republican establishment elite, who are mostly career politicians, are listening to the people and this once again shows how out of touch Kirk Cox is with the majority of his base and Virginia,” Chase continued.
The Star also reached out to Northern Virginia businessman and entrepreneur Pete Snyder as well as Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta), who are both expected to announce gubernatorial campaigns very soon, for comment, but did not get responses before press time.
Cox’s reported comments go against the continued efforts by President Trump and certain Republicans loyalists to decertify and overturn Biden’s victory due to claims of mass voter fraud and other irregularities surrounding the November election.
Additionally, the reported comments from Cox come just one day before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will assemble in a joint session at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to count the Electoral College votes as constitutionally mandated, the final step in certifying the next president.
In recent weeks, Republicans from both chambers of Congress have said they would object to the vote count. As of Monday, 87 lawmakers, including freshman Rep. Bob Good (R-VA-05), have claimed or suggested that they will contest the election results, according to USA Today.
Also, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) announced on Twitter Monday morning that he is in full support of objecting the Electoral College votes “in order to debate and examine of election results in states where Constitutional questions have been raised.”
of election results in states where Constitutional questions have been raised. In fact, in December I joined a majority of my Republican colleagues and Leadership in the House of Representatives in sending an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in reference to (2/3)
— Rob Wittman (@ReElectWittman) January 4, 2021
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Jacob Taylor is a reporter at The Virginia Star and the Star News Digital Network. Follow Jacob on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
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