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Stewart picks up Blackwell endorsement

Morton Blackwell, Virginia National Committee member and founder of the Leadership Institute, has endorsed Corey A. Stewart for lieutenant governor.

“Corey has held true to his conservative principles. And that’s impressive in a part of the state where some Republicans are fearful of standing up for principle,” Blackwell said in a statement released by Stewart’s campaign today.

Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisiors and a staunch conservative, may be best known for his tough stance on immigration, making national headlines when he helped implement an ordinance that requires county law enforcement officers to verify the immigration background of everyone they arrest.

“I have seen a lot of great results from Corey Stewart in Prince William County, and I firmly believe he will do great things for all Virginians as lieutenant governor, presiding over the state senate and helping to lead conservatives across Virginia,” Blackwell said.

Stewart called Blackwell a “conservative hero, not just in Virginia, but across the entire country.” He said he was humbled by the endorsement. “I am working day and night to connect with grassroots conservatives so I can win the nomination and be able to cast the deciding vote for conservative legislation in the evenly divided Senate,” he said.

Blackwell has served on rules committees of the state Republican parties in Virginia and Louisiana. He serves now on the RNC’s Standing Committe on Rules and has attended every meeting of the Republican National Conventions’ Rules Committees since 1972, according to his biography published in the Leadership Institute website.

Last week, Blackwell announced that he would endorse Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, for attorney general.