Adviser to Trump campaign files to run as a Republican against Sen. Kaine

Tuesday , February 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Jenna Portnoy

(c) 2018, The Washington Post.

Bert Mizusawa, a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserve and foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, has filed paperwork to run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat.

Mizusawa is the fifth candidate to jump into the GOP primary.

Republicans running so far include Corey Stewart, the bombastic Prince William County Board of Supervisors chairman and Trump acolyte who almost won the nomination for governor; outspoken evangelical preacher E.W. Jackson, a little known state lawmaker, Nick Freitas; and businessman and political newcomer Ivan Raiklin.

Mizusawa ran in the 2010 GOP primary for a House seat in Hampton Roads won by former congressman Scott Rigell.

Mizusawa defended Trump’s foreign policy and national defense strategy in an October 2016 column in USA Today.

During the campaign, he served on the same panel of national security advisers that included George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, figures in the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

He is a graduate of West Point and Harvard Law School and was a MacArthur Fellow in International Security at the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

The document he filed announcing his candidacy lists a home address in McLean.

“Bert is a longtime friend of the party and was very active in supporting the president in 2016 which is where I first got to know him,” Virginia GOP Chairman John Whitbeck said. “Bert adds an exceptional record of service to an already strong field of candidates.”

Mizusawa did not immediately return messages seeking comment.


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