Many political observers were surprised by Moy’s entry into the Fifth District race, as Good, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, has well represented conservative interests of the District since taking office in 2021.
Little was known of Moy, an Air Force veteran, who arrived in Charlottesville and quickly commandeered the remnants of the leftist city’s Republican committee.
Moy’s candidacy is preceded by his affiliation with “New Politics,” a Democrat-run political “non-profit” that works to place ex-servicemembers—predominantly those with hard progressive leanings—into local, state, and federal elected office in order to “revitalize democracy.” Moy serves on the New Politics’ “Veterans Council” and has worked on “strategic planning” for the organization.
Notably, New Politics backed Virginia Congresswomen Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), who ran as a moderate, but overwhelmingly has served the political agenda of Nancy Pelosi; and Elaine Luria (VA-02), another centrist-imposter, who has garnered a “100%” rating from Planned Parenthood and an “A” grade from the National Education Association.
New Politics leadership also is clearly and decidedly progressive.
Emily Cherniack, founder and executive director of New Politics, has solid leftist bona fides. She has been recognized as one of the “Politico 50,” and her organization was cited by the Washington Post for helping 2018 Democrats “retake the majority” in the United States House of Representatives.
Of New Politics’ 69 endorsed candidates, the vast majority are Democrats, with token GOP pothunters like Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer (who voted to impeach President Donald Trump) providing political cover for the organization, which claims to be “bi-partisan.”
In what is thus-far a Tom Perriello-esque “roll your sleeves up and get things done” and “work hard and raise a family” campaign, Moy has not yet taken issue with any of Good’s specific Congressional votes. Rather, he is focusing on “caring about people” and “lead[ing] right,” while claiming in contrast to Good, he would not be as “polarizing” or “controversial.”
Moy—a steadfast behind-the-scenes supporter of former Fifth District Congressman, Denver Riggleman—has initiated a campaign that is seen by some as political payback for Good’s ousting the now-unpopular (and since co-opted ) Riggleman from his single-term seat.
But, there may be a simpler answer to the questions surrounding Moy’s candidacy. Perhaps this effort satisfies his long-held personal ambition to “run for office” as evidenced by the Harvard classes he took to further this objective.
In any event, under the banner of “unifying” an already-congealing Fifth District, Moy’s candidacy for Congress is certain to further divide it.