Neither Good nor anyone in the audience of about 25 supporters at the outdoor event wore masks or observed social distancing recommendations — providing an unspoken contrast to Webb, who has been treating COVID-19 patients at the University of Virginia Health System throughout the pandemic and has been careful to follow public health guidelines at his limited in-person events.
‘Built on God’
Theresa McManus wore a silver Q pin on her hat — a reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory that alleges a “deep-state” plot against Trump — and waved a large American flag on the courthouse lawn as Good spoke. It was the third of his rallies she had attended that day, she said.
“I like what he stands for,” McManus said, adding that she sees many of the issues at stake in the election as “good versus evil” and it was clear what side Good is on. “To me, our Constitution, we were built on God,” she said.
Tensions within the GOP in the 5th District go back to 2018, when Republican Rep. Tom Garrett announced he was an alcoholic and would not seek reelection, forcing the district party to hold an emergency nominating convention.
Riggleman, the owner of a whisky distillery who had garnered a reputation as a maverick during a brief run for governor the previous year, won the GOP nod by only one vote, beating religious conservative Cynthia Dunbar. He went on to win the general election by less than 7 points, withstanding the blue wave that saw Democrats flip three other House seats in Virginia.