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Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart blasted Bellamy at yesterday’s press conference on the downtown mall.
“I think Wes Bellamy is a particularly heinous individual,” Stewart said. “He’s clearly a racist. He’s clearly a bigot on so many different levels. This person is unfit for office and needs to be removed. He’s an embarrassment not just to Charlottesville, but to the entire commonwealth.”
Stewart spent most of his speech talking about the Charlottesville City Council’s decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from downtown, a campaign led by Bellamy.
Stewart said that council members Kristin Szakos and Bob Fenwick, who also voted to remove the Lee statue, should be voted out of office in the next election.
Szakos says she does not think Stewart has any business in Charlottesville politics.
“These are local issues, and Mr. Stewart is clearly overreaching,” she said. “I’m not sure what he’s hoping to accomplish by doing that.”
The vote to remove the statue passed 3-2 a few weeks ago.
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