RICHMOND, Va. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has named the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to lead his Virginia campaign.
Trump said in a news release Monday that Corey Stewart is the chairman of his campaign in the state.
Stewart is in his third term as chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Prince William, Virginia’s second largest county, and is among the state’s more prominent Republican elected officials.
Trump’s campaign visits to Virginia have included stops in Richmond, Norfolk and Manassas.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Stewart said he agreed to serve as chairman after meeting Trump at the Manassas rally and seeing the enthusiasm of the crowd.
“I haven’t seen this much excitement and enthusiasm for a Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan,” Stewart said. “He is unique in his ability to generate enthusiasm and support.”
Stewart, best known for taking an aggressive stance against illegal immigration, said he is almost completely in line with Trump’s hardline position on immigration.
Stewart, whose county has a 55 percent minority population, acknowledged that he disagrees with Trump’s recent statement calling for a halt on immigration of all Muslims into the U.S.
But he said his support of Trump isn’t pegged to a particular issue.
“Finally you have a politician at the top level of American politics who is willing to speak honestly, directly and bluntly, and willing to crack the political correctness mold,” Stewart said. “People respect that.”
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