Morning Digest: GOP legislator threatens an independent run for VA governor if 'shenanigans' occur
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● VA-Gov: On Monday, state Sen. Amanda Chase became the first notable Republican to join the 2021 race for governor of Virginia, but she may not be sticking with Team Red. Chase, who has a famously awful relationship with her party's leadership, said that she would «fully run» as an independent if there are «any shenanigans that are pulled» in the nomination contest. No matter what Chase does, though, GOP leaders won't want to see her name on the general election ballot next year.
Chase made news in the spring of 2019 when she swore at and berated a police officer at the state capitol who told her that she couldn't park her car in a secure area. Chase, according to the officer's report, also referred to the state Senate clerk as «Miss Piggy» and angrily demanded, «Do you know who I am?» Chase refused to apologize and posted on Facebook that the report looked like it had been written by «a democrat operative.»