McAwful got elected, by a very thin margin, because a right-wing wackjob named Ken Cuccinelli did some political machinations to secure the Republican nomination that year. It's not that even Democrats really "liked" McAwful; it's that Cuccinelli was that bad. I met Cuccinelli once, and he really is an asshole if you're not White/Christian/Conservative and tow that political line. And yeah, he really is a wackjob; like I said, I actually met him. It's the same thing in one of the districts here in VA some years ago; they ran a hard-core, Bible-thumping right-winger in a Liberal-leaning district. Like McAwful, this Democrat likewise won by the thinnest of margins not because he was any good (he's not), but because the Republican running against him was that bad. In both cases, had a reasonable Republican, such as Bob Sarvis, Scott Brown, or similar, been the nominee, that Republican would've won handily.
Now that Glenn Youngkin has won the Republican nomination for VA Governor, I've started to look into him more. He seems to wave the flag for law enforcement, without--that I've seen anyway--being willing to address the abuses against especially people of color by some of those police. He's also apparently a Bible-thumper, according to what he said during the Republican Primary campaign.
The problem here is that the Republican Party in the various counties here in VA tends to be run by what I call the White Evangelical Christian Club. If you're not that, you're apparently not really welcome. No Scott Browns allowed. No Bob Sarvises allowed. Only the Falwell types seem to get Party backing here in VA, kind of like how only anti-2A zealots get Party backing amongst the Democrats. Same disease. And Bloom-boy is oh-too-happy to use his billion$ to further this.
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