Pictured: Then Congressman Scott Taylor and Tangier Island Mayor James ‘Ooker’ Eskridge following the announcement of Tangier’s Seawall in April 2018.

 

Former Second District Congressman Scott Taylor has announced his intention to challenge Democratic Senator Mark Warner in the 2020 general election. Taylor represented the Eastern Shore and parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Taylor was defeated by Congresswoman Elaine Luria in the 2019 House of Representatives race.

Taylor, who is also a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, announced his intention to take on Warner on Monday’s edition of Fox and Friends. Taylor said, “There’s a leadership crisis in Virginia, and almost daily, I am hearing voices for change in Virginia. I hear them at that gas station, at restaurants, on the beach, everywhere I go…and their voices are getting louder. They call to me, they motivate me, and they make me realize, I’m not done serving. Not just yet.” Taylor continued, “Senator Warner used his position on the intelligence committee, hiding his accusations behind information the rest of us could not see, and the trust he had built up with Virginians to push a collusion, a traitorous narrative against the President of The United States for political gain. For the last year he has been a false prophet of propaganda. Our state needs leadership, I’m a believer in term limits, and 12 ineffective years is enough. Mark Warner’s actual votes have been bad for our businesses, our borders, and our babies’ lives. Lastly, Mark Warner’s betrayal of trust to Virginians and Americans, lying to us about collusion, while doing nothing to secure our elections for the future is disqualifying. “

Taylor is a former Navy Seal and was born and raised on the Eastern Shore near Hebron, Maryland.