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Posted at 2:23 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick to seek 2012 GOP Senate nomination

By Ben Pershing

As Democrats continue waiting to see whether Timothy Kaine will jump into the race to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), the Republican field just got a little more crowded.

David McCormick, a Hampton Roads lawyer and relative newcomer to electoral politics, announced Tuesday that he was entering the contest for the Republican Senate nomination in 2012. Former U.S. senator George Allen and tea party leader Jamie Radtke have already announced their candidacies, while state Del. Robert G. Marshall (Prince William), Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, businessman Bert Mizusawa and pastor Earl Jackson all are considering runs.

In his announcement video, McCormick said he deliberately chose George Washington's birthday to make his announcement, comparing the Revolutionary War hero's fight against the British to his own crusade against the "ineffective and in many cases immoral leadership in our capital." McCormick linked his campaign to the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union -- which also occurred on Feb. 22 -- and vowed to promote "good common-sense conservative principles."

According to his Web site, McCormick "has volunteered on numerous Republican campaigns, served on steering committees, as a precinct captain, and served on the finance committee and city committee of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach. He has submitted legislation and argued for its passage in Richmond." McCormick spent more than a decade working for United Parcel Service, and is now a lawyer; his specialties include bankruptcy, traffic and divorce cases.

For children interested in learning more about his campaign, McCormick's site features a Kid's Corner that includes a "lesson" comparing government profligacy to a squirrel that doesn't store enough seeds and nuts to make it through the winter.

By Ben Pershing  | February 22, 2011; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, U.S. Senate  
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