Weeks before November's gubernatorial election in Virginia, The Washington Post called out one of the top surrogates backing GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin.
"Virginia state Sen. Amanda F. Chase (R-Chesterfield) has a firm claim to the title of the commonwealth's most polarizing politician. She is a lawmaker so extreme that her censure by the state Senate this year, the first such action by that body in 34 years, was opposed by just eight of her 18 Republican peers, as well as herself. She is also Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's highest-profile surrogate, and recently, his sidekick on the campaign trail," the editorial board wrote.
Great having Glenn Youngkin in Chesterfield 🇺🇸 https://t.co/Hjr3Kef8XW— Senator Amanda Chase (@Senator Amanda Chase) 1633818842.0
Youngkin is facing Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe.
"Ms. Chase, who revels in giving offense, and Mr. Youngkin seem temperamental opposites. Nonetheless, Mr. Youngkin has invited her help, including in recent joint appearances; no other surrogate for his campaign attracts such attention or feeds off such notoriety. So it's fair to wonder whether the woman who calls herself 'Trump in heels' would play an influential role in a Youngkin administration if he becomes Virginia's 74th governor," The Post wondered.
The newspaper also wondered why Chase's antics don't bother Youngkin.
"If Ms. Chase's loathsome comments bother Mr. Youngkin, he doesn't let on," the newspaper noted. "He appears untroubled that she attended the Jan. 6 rally before the storming of the U.S. Capitol, or by her subsequent remark that the insurrection was staged by 'patriots who love their country.' She also blamed antifa or Black Lives Matter 'agents of destruction' for the assault and violence that day, a lie dismissed as false by the FBI, among others."
As Youngkin attempts to walk a tight-rope as a Trump-endorsed candidate in a state that has been blue in recent years, the newspaper thinks voters should pay attention to Youngkin's "two-faced electoral strategy."
"She is beyond the pale; divisiveness is her brand. Yet it is precisely her extremism that dovetails with Mr. Youngkin's two-faced electoral strategy, which seeks simultaneously to court his party's Trump-loving core while appealing to suburban moderates with standard GOP tax-cut talk. He hopes swing voters elsewhere won't notice. They should," the editorial board wrote.