by Brandon Jarvis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin announced a long-term, seven-figure commitment and fundraising effort with the goal of electing Republicans up and down the ballot across Virginia.  

Youngkin, the former Carlyle Group executive, along with his wife Suzanne and a number of conservative allies are teaming up to launch the Virginia Wins PAC, an operation “dedicated to restoring and renewing conservative leadership in the Commonwealth.” Youngkin’s advisor and gubernatorial campaign manager Garrison Coward will be the Executive Director.

“This is a huge investment in rebuilding the Republican Party in Virginia and fighting back against George Soros’ ideological agenda,” Youngkin said in the announcement.

Youngkin’s investment and fundraising will go towards building a team of local and statewide Republicans to “restore the Commonwealth,” and counter the “liberal agenda driven in Virginia by George Soros.” 

“Democrats have poured millions of dollars into transforming Virginia, and I can’t sit by and watch while the left runs wild in my home state,” Youngkin said. “Our party has failed to win statewide for over a decade, but I’m going to change that in November.”

The Virginia Public Access Project shows that Youngkin only donated $18,150 to Virginia candidates prior to 2021. His campaign provided an explanation for this in the announcement, stating that while he was a senior executive at The Carlyle Group, he was restricted from supporting Virginia’s statewide and local candidates due to his work on behalf of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS).

The Carlyle Group handles a large chunk of VRS funds, including the $1 billion VRS committed to them in October of 2020. 

But now that he is no longer running Carlyle, Youngkin says he plans to support Virginia candidates and is committed to ensuring that his campaign for governor will not be a “lonely victory.”

“When I’m governor, I will need a new crop of conservative leaders across Virginia working with me to get things done and make our Commonwealth the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” Youngkin said Tuesday. 

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