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E.W. Jackson campaign says it’s in close touch with Virginia GOP

RICHMOND — E.W. Jackson’s campaign has something to say after all about concerns that the GOP nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor is shunning help from the state party.

Four Republican operatives told The Washington Post that the Chesapeake minister’s campaign has rebuffed the state party’s advice on his political message, as well as the GOP’s logistical help with such things as voter data, phone banks and office space around the commonwealth.

A representative for Jackson’s campaign initially declined to comment, saying he would not respond to allegations made by the strategists because they were not identified by name. The strategists spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a sensitive intra-party matter.

On Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after the article appeared online, the state party e-mailed a statement to The Post on behalf of the campaign. It does not actually say whether the campaign is taking advantage of party resources, just that it appreciates that they are available.

About two hours after that, the Jackson campaign confirmed that it was, indeed, on board with the statement. So here it is:

“E.W. has a great relationship with [Republican Party of Virginia chairman] Pat Mullins and considers him a friend. The campaign has been in constant communication with RPV since securing the nomination in May and is happy to be working with and appreciative of all the resources made available through the party and joint efforts. E.W. looks forward to continuing to work with activists across the Commonwealth towards victory for the entire Republican ticket this November.”

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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