FALLS CHURCH, Va. – GOP gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase on Tuesday sued the Republican Party of Virginia over its plans for a nominating convention to choose candidates in this year’s election.
In a statement, Chase accused party leadership of trying to sticking with plans for a nominating convention even though large gatherings remain banned under the pandemic.
It’s official; I just filed a lawsuit against the Republican Party of Virginia. They’ve chosen an illegal nomination method and have yet to remedy the situation. Unless something changes;the SCC not the people will chose our statewide candidates. We the People know best.— Senator Amanda Chase (@AmandaChaseVA) February 9, 2021
The Republican Party of Virginia has not finalized its plans; Chase says the party’s central committee is plotting to capitalize on the confusion by simply choosing a nominee itself and bypassing voters.
“I’ve proven I can win in either a convention or a primary; I will run and win in either one. However, to not allow the people to vote, and participate in the process, is something I will not tolerate,” Chase said.
Since 1969, Republicans have only used a primary in four of the 13 gubernatorial elections: 1989, 1997, 2005 and 2017.
Chase, a state senator from Chesterfield County, has alienated colleagues in both parties with incendiary rhetoric and was censured by the Senate for a “pattern of unacceptable conduct,” including an allegation that she voiced support for those who participated in storming the U.S. Capitol. At one point she called for the imposition of martial law to overturn the presidential election results.
In Tuesday’s statement, Chase suggested the party should be working on rules for an “unassembled convention” that would let party faithful participate in the selection process without gathering under one roof. But she said the party’s central committee is badly divided and unable to agree on revisions that would enable such a convention.