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Thomas Speciale

Thomas Speciale, a U.S. Army reservist from Woodbridge, has announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, joining an already crowded field of Republican primary candidates aiming to take down current U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat.  

Virginia hasn’t had a Republican U.S. Senator since John Warner retired in 2009. The last Republican to run for one of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats was Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who lost to Sen. Tim Kaine (D) in 2018 by 16 points. 

There are now six Republicans vying to run against Warner in 2020, including former U.S. Rep.  Scott Taylor, who lost his 2nd Congressional District seat to Democrat Elaine Luria in 2018.  

In a statement announcing his candidacy, Speciale outlined his reasons for joining the race.  

“I’m running for the United States Senate because I’m angry. I’m angry because the Democratic party has worked for 50 years to destroy our country from the inside. I swore an oath to defend all Americans all the way back in 1987. This is the fight we are in. I’m not just fighting for the Republicans or the conservatives. I’m getting in the fight for all Virginians,” Speciale said. 

I am fighting for all Americans. The constitution doesn’t make a distinction – liberal, conservative, Democrat or Republican, black or white or brown, gay or straight, rich or poor. Neither do I, I never have. I’m fighting to get back our American dream, a dream the Democrats are working to destroy.”  

Speciale, 50, who resides in Woodbridge with his wife and children, has served in the military for three decades in the Army Reserves as an intelligence officer. He has never before run for public office.  

In his announcement, Speciale called the last three Republican candidates for top-level statewide office career politicians who had run for political office for decades.” 

“All three lost, he said. 

Outside of the military Speciale has worked as a media relations manager for a nonprofit, and as facility operations manager for IBM. He has also owned rental properties. He also owns and operates a small firearms safety group called Responsible Firearms Owners of America.  

The five current Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are: Gary Adkins, Alissa Baldwin, Daniel Gade, Taylor and Victor Williams. 

The primary is scheduled for June 9, 2020. The general election will take place Nov. 3, 2020.  

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Jim McCarthy

It’s sad that a few otherwise experienced Republicans blame Democrats for destroying the country. Startling that a simple look at the state of our national civic culture reveals just the opposite.

Tom Speciale

Jon this is not the democratic party of the 1960s or even the 1970s. This is a whole new breed of Democrats who are Actually socialists. Look at every country that is turned to socialism and you will see what the result would be if these radical socialists continue to chip away at our American Values of liberty, self-reliance and individual responsibility.

Inquest

Yes, of course. As we all know, socialism is so popular in Democrat party that Bernie Sanders won their presidential nomination in 2016.

One could nitpick at your egregious violations of AR 25-50 and basic norms for English writing quite easily. It would be somewhat fun. But pointing out the obvious fallacies in your position would be better.

First, you are basing a campaign on rage politics. If you wanted to claim some sort of moral high ground, beginning with the fact you are an angry man who didn't get his way doesn't score any sympathy points. It just make you look like a petulant man-child who finds out the bar is out of his favorite craft beer.

Second, calling Bernie Sanders or anyone in the Democrat party an actual socialist obscures what socialism actually is.

Third, self-reliance and individual responsibility have been "American Values" for about 30 years. Our founders didn't preach the odious oxymoron of pulling yourself up by your bootsraps as an ideal for human life. Rather, they believed in the enlightenment ideals of individuals coming together to for bonds with each other for mutual support.

zcxnissan

You can see Democrats in action still trying unlawfully to impeach a sitting President with a contrived and paid for by Hillary Clinton and John McCain, made up Steele dossier.

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