GOP congressman loses primary in Va. after performing gay wedding

U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va) (Photo public domain)

A Republican congressman elected by Virginians in 2018 just lost his primary despite endorsements from President Trump, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Was he too conservative?

No; he officiated a gay wedding between two of his staffers.

Rep. Denver Riggleman lost to Bob Good, a former Liberty University official, in a drive-thru Republican convention on June 13, the Associated Press reported. Nancy Smith, Good’s campaign manager, told the AP the results showed Good winning 58 percent of the vote, according to the AP.

Riggleman officiated at the same-sex “marriage” of two campaign aides last summer, arousing the ire of some constituents in his district.

About an hour before delegate voting results were announced, he suggested in a tweet that his impending loss was due to voter fraud.

“Voting irregularities and ballot stuffing has been reported in multiple counties in the #VA05. Voter fraud has been a hallmark of this nomination process and I will not stand for it,” Riggleman tweeted on June 14. “@VA_GOP needs to reevaluate their priorities. We are evaluating all our options at this time.”

Melvin Adams, chairman of the 5th District Republican Committee in Virginia, said 2,537 of more than 3,500 registered delegates cast votes, the AP reported.

Riggleman won his seat by about 6 points in 2018. The Cook Political Report lists the 5th district slightly more Republican than the national average.


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