Outspoken, and sometimes controversial, republican politician Corey Stewart has decided it is time to step out of the political ring — at least for now.
“Politics sucks, it really does.” Stewart laughed, offering up a laundry list of grievances, common among campaigning politicians; too much time on the road, unhealthy eating, time away from family.
“It’s time for me to move on to other things.” said the 50-year-old, sitting in his Woodbridge office.
After 15 years on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Stewart has decided not to seek a fourth term
“I’m just not excited by the board anymore, I’ve been doing this for a long time.”
Stewart also plans to leave state politics for the foreseeable future. As Virginia’s 2018 GOP US Senate nominee, Stewart saw his November loss to Democratic Senator Tim Kaine as a sign that Virginia is too blue, for his views.
“It’s going to be very, very difficult for any Republican to win statewide in Virginia unless [Republicans are] able to catch up to the Democrats in voter registration.”
Stewart admitted the announcement does not ensure he will stay out of politics for good.
“No I don’t think so, [politics is] in my blood. It’s everything I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.”
For now, Stewart plans to focus on his international trade law practice, which he said took a hit during the elections, but is doing “good,” now. He also plans to focus on his wife, Maria’s goals. She plans to turn the family’s historic Woodbridge estate into a wedding venue.
“Maybe someday, I’ll come back [to politics] and I’m a fighter, I love to fight and I love politics,” he said.
Despite seemingly retreating from politics, the former Trump campaign state co-chairman said he plans to reach out to the Trump administration, in hopes of discussing potential employment opportunities.
“When people are ready for more conservative leadership that will address the tough issues cracking down on illegal immigration, supporting the President and his policies, lowering taxes, getting serious about improving healthcare and bringing back the market into healthcare — then, I’m ready to go back into politics. But right now, that’s not the case.”
When asked what he would like to be remembered for, Stewart noted highlighted his straightforward leadership style, his strict immigration policies, and county transportation and infrastructure improvements.