“It seems that right now the dividing line in our politics will be between those who speak the truth and those who deal with conspiracy theories. And that’s really unfortunate,” Wood told CNN’s John Berman in “New Day.” adding that he was concerned about the direction of the GOP. “It seems that in many ways we have gone through a mirror, and those of us in the party who are against the uprising and the lie turn out to be the ultimate candidates. This is a sad comment for the party. It is a sad comment for the country.”
Republican Susan Wright, Ron Wright’s widow, who was approved by Trump, will run in the runoff with Jake Elsie, also a Republican, in a special election.
Wood’s loss is indicative of how strongly Trump’s stance remains on the Republican Party as it regains control of Washington and engages in ongoing party struggles over whether to stay in line with the former president or return to traditional party ideals. .
“If you run and are elected to Congress, you have to be willing to lose it, you know, or you can’t do the job. I think a lot of people have their egos and their whole personalities tied to congressional membership. And all the advantages that go with it. I think they have to be ready to move away from it, “he said.” And I think they have to think not only about the next election or the next news cycle, I think they have to think about history. I think they need to think about how they will be judged and, you know, what future generations will say about that moment. “