Scott Taylor, who most recently ran in the 2008 Virginia Beach Mayoral election, joins Scott Rigell and Ben Loyala in the already crowded GOP field for the party’s congressional nomination.
Taylor, the former Navy SEAL, hopes to unseat incumbent Glenn Nye, who Taylor feels hasn’t adequately addressed the issues of the economy, creating and protecting jobs, health care, education, transportation, and energy.
“Our Democratic leaders in Washington believe that more government spending is the answer to these challenges. I don’t agree,” said Taylor. “In fact, I don’t believe that the best solutions are going to come from government. We need to empower the private sector and entrepreneurs to develop innovative, common-sense solutions to these challenges.”
Taylor told Bearing Drift that he felt it was necessary to enter the race now before his GOP rivals got too much of a head start. However, he insists his heart is currently in the 2009 gubernatorial campaign.
“Seven weeks from today, Virginians will choose who will lead our Commonwealth in Richmond,” he said. “Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, and Ken Cuccinelli are the best choices to lead us and I’m focused on ensuring they win on November 3rd.”
Taylor was raised on the Eastern Shore in Hebron by a single mother and was the youngest serving SEAL when he first joined the teams. He is active in the community through Operation Smile and mentoring, as well as participating as the “Voice of Leadership” on Portfolio Weekly – a video blog that aims to highlight examples of leadership and goodwill in Hampton Roads.
Update: Taylor has released a video making this announcement…it’s pretty damn good: