Thursday was the deadline to submit signatures and to pay the filing fee to run as a Republican candidate for the 6th congressional district in Virginia. In response, Paul Bevington, Bob Goodlatte’s challenger, has announced that he is no longer running under the GOP banner and instead will be on the ballot as an independent in the general election.
In related news, Mr. Bevington has picked up the endorsement of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. In a statement released also on Thursday, the PAC stated, “Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s efforts to help Barack Obama and John Boehner pass a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants that would rewrite existing American immigration laws to accommodate tens of millions of illegals along with those who employ them has finally caught up with him. Today his GOP Primary opponent Paul Bevington is receiving a national endorsement instead.” They also add, “ALIPAC is endorsing Paul Bevington for Congress because he has pledged in ALIPAC’s federal candidate survey to ‘Support Americans and legal immigrants by supporting the adequate enforcement of America’s existing border and immigration laws as the US Constitution requires for the protection of American lives, jobs, elections, health and taxpayer resources.” However, given that Mr. Bevington is no longer running as a Republican, will the PAC continue to support him or does that group only endorse Republicans?
At this point, there are only two declared candidates in the general election: Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte and independent Paul Bevington. But will they be the only two? Will the Democrats field a candidate? And what about the Libertarians, who are seeking to run a candidate in every congressional district in Virginia for the first time in that party’s history?
Although there won’t be a Republican primary in the 6th district this year, it is possible that the story of this election has just begun.