Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at International Affairs at University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). This statewide teaching award recognizes 12 outstanding college and university professors from across the Commonwealth each year.
For both sides, the stakes are high, said Stephen Farnsworth, a presidential scholar at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. “The Trump people are going to want to show that Trump is an asset to the Republican party,” he said. “And the Democrats would like to show that he is not.”
“The Northam strategy is talk Trump, but don’t just talk Trump,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, noting that Northam seeks to broaden his appeal to uncommitted voters.
“The Trump presidency has dominated media coverage throughout the campaign, and that makes it hard for the candidates to be heard when they talk about issues that have little to do with the president, like education, economic development and transportation,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.
Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says Trump will be a net negative for Republicans. “You’re looking at a President who is pretty unpopular in most of Virginia but particularly so in the Washington suburbs, where a lot of government workers and a lot of people connected to the government really don’t like some of the tumult that is the hallmark of the Trump presidency so far.”
Virginians who backed Donald Trump for president last November show few signs of voter’s remorse at this point during Trump’s tumultuous administration, according to a new University of Mary Washington survey. More than 91 percent of those polled who said they voted for Trump last year said they would do so again if the election were held this fall.
President Trump’s public spat with Sen. Corker of Tennessee is the latest example of the president’s inability to work with Republicans whose support he needs to get his legislation through Congress, said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. While many presidents have had trouble with individual senators before, they usually didn’t public insult their fellow lawmakers.
“Donald Trump does not seem to have a lot of unexpressed thoughts,” Farnsworth said.