Cookout host Scott is a U.S. Senate prospect, supporters say

By Chelsea Harrison

NEWPORT NEWS – At the 40th annual Robert C. "Bobby" Scott Labor Day cookout, supporters around the Hampton Roads area came out for a meet-and-greet-style gathering hosted by Virginia's 3rd Congressional District representative. This yearly event is used to rally support for upcoming elections.

With this year's presidential elections approaching this November, this event amplified the support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine.

With Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia, in the running to become vice president, questions have been raised to see who could fill his seat, if Kaine advances. There has been speculation that Scott could be the replacement.

Matthew James, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing Portsmouth, said, "If anyone deserves the senator's spot, it's him." James also stated that he has sent out letters to other elected officials on Scott's behalf, recommending that he fill in that office.

Richard Miller, a senior labor policy adviser, who works alongside Scott on the education and labor committee in Washington, D.C., said, "The thing that Congressman Scott has over everybody else is that he is very, very principled. He's a scholar. He sticks to what he thinks is right, then he researches how to make those things happen.

"I would know. I'm the one he emails at three o'clock in the morning to look over things."

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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