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Corey Stewart Won't Run for Congress

Tim Craig

Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, said today he won't be a candidate for Congress next year.

Stewart, a Republican who was reelected last week with 55 percent of the vote, has been widely mentioned as a possible U.S. House candidate in the 11th District if Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Fairfax) decides not to seek reelection.

But Stewart said in an interview he has "never liked legislatures" and prefers being board chairman.

"The thought of being one of 435 people isn't appealing," Stewart said today. "Congress isn't all it's cracked up to be. You've got to run every two years, you are constantly campaigning."

Stewart, who led Prince William's crackdown on illegal immigration, has emerged as a leading critic of the Virginia Republican Party. In a Washington Post article published Sunday, Stewart said the state party is "in shambles and frankly deserves to be."

"I think it is time for a change in direction of the party," Stewart said in the Post article.

When asked if he would consider a run for governor or lieutenant governor in 2009, Stewart said: "I never want to close any doors and we will see what happens."

"I just want to relax and think about what I want to do," Stewart said today. "We still have a lot to do in Prince William."

By Tim Craig  |  November 12, 2007; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008 , Immigration , Tim Craig  
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"But Stewart said in an interview he has "never liked legislatures" and prefers being board chairman."

This man is ruthless and dangerous. He doesn't care about PWC and shoved a bad resolution down our throats that has ripped PWC apart. Other resolutions could have been used to deal with illegal immigration but he chose one that will probably lead to violence and bankruptcy from the lawsuits. This man is an ambitious powermonger.

Posted by: PWC resident | November 15, 2007 6:49 AM | Report abuse

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