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So Who Are Dems Going to Run Against Right-Wingnut Barbara Comstock?


The photo is of Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th CD) with some real doozies: the bat****-crazy State Sen. Dick Black (R, of course)) and Del. Dave “Sharia Law” LaRock (R, also of course). It’s not surprising, given Comstock’s own record, not to mention her 2014 endorsements by characters like right-wing hate radio hosts Mark “You’re absolutely right about” ‘death panels'” Levin and Sean “Muslim Victory Call” Hannity; Sen. Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum; Penny “Age of Reason Led to Holocaust” Nance of the virulently homophobic, Islamophobic, theocratic “Concerned Women for America;” Brent “Skinny, Ghetto Crackhead” Bozell; etc.

Anyway, I think it’s clear at this point that Comstock’s no moderate, or even mainstream conservative, given her support so many right-wing extremists, bigots, nuts, etc. So you’d think Democrats would be able to defeat her fairly easily in 2016, a presidential election year, in the “purple” 10th CD. Except for a couple big problems: 1) she’s a super-tough, tenacious and skillful campaigner, despite her extremism (which she manages to hide, with an able assist by a corporate media that won’t call her out); and 2) Democrats need to find a strong candidate to run against her, which to my knowledge they haven’t done yet. Oh yeah, one more huge obstacle: the Washington Post reports:

More than a year before Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) asks Northern Virginians to send her back to Congress, the freshman has raised more than $1 million in campaign funds.

Comstock pulled in $685,000 between April and June, according to fundraising figures that her campaign provided to The Washington Post. The contributions are due to be reported to the Federal Election Commission by July 15.

The new donations bring Comstock’s total fundraising haul since her election last year to $1.1 million, with about $862,000 in cash on hand.

Comstock’s early fundraising success could make it harder for Democrats to knock her off in 2016. No Democrat has entered the race yet.

So here’s the thing: if Democrats don’t recruit a super-strong candidate soon, our chances of beating Comstock next year will start looking shaky at best. And here’s the other thing: if Comstock wins reelection next year, she’ll be entrenched in there and good luck ever defeating her (she’s ambitious, too, and could run for higher office – U.S. Senate, Governor, even President). So what’s the plan by the “Blue Team”? Got me.

  • dave.arlington

    Dave LaRock is not in that picture…

  • ir003436

    Nothing to worry about.  The DPVA will ride to the rescue with candidate, money, campaign.  As they always do.

  • campaignman

    Although in office just a short time, many Democrats believe that Jennifer Wexton is capable of running against and defeating Barbara Comstock in 2016, the year that Hillary Clinton is nominated for President by the Democratic Party.

    I predict Jennifer will make that run with the help of Nancy Pelosi and the DCCC.  She will also get help from Barack, Hillary and Bill, Joe Biden and many others.  They will make sure she has a strategy and enough money to win.

    Comstock won’t be easy to defeat, as she is being careful about her positions and statements.  Yet, photos of her with extremists, if used wisely, will help.  

    Of course, we must a have a well-trained candidate who stays on message and away from off-the-cuff comments that will be detriments.  I believe Jennifer is that person.

    From Wikipedia…

    Wexton is a partner in the law firm Ritenour Paice, Mougin-Boal, & Wexton. She has served as a substitute judge in Loudoun County, Virginia, and as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Wexton ran for Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney in the 2011 elections, losing to incumbent Jim Plowman.

    After Mark Herring, who represented the 33rd district in the Virginia Senate, won the 2013 election to serve as the Attorney General of Virginia, Wexton declared her candidacy in the special election to fill the remainder of his term.

    In the Democratic Party primary election, Wexton soundly defeated Republican John Whitbeck and moderate-Republican-turned-Independent Joe T. May after May failed to win the Republican primary to Whitbeck.

    Wexton is from Leesburg, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She then enrolled at the College of William & Mary School of Law, and received her Juris Doctor in 1995.

    At William & Mary, she was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a legal honor society.  Her father worked as a senior economist in the United States Department of the Treasury, while her mother was a chief economist for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

    Wexton married Andrew Wexton in 2001, at the age of 33.  The couple have two children.

    Unfortunately, when she wins, we’ll need to find someone who can hold her current State Senate seat.  Still, I think we can do that.

  • campaignman

    I think it would be great if a progressive business person who understands politics would consider running too.

    Jennifer Wexton had to win a primary before she won the general election for her State Senate seat.  It obviously wasn’t a detriment.

    While some people are worried about the cost of primaries for candidates, in this district it might well help to have a race to generate interest in and knowledge of the eventual nominee.  It would also strengthen the nominee’s campaign team for the general.

  • AnonymousCowHerd

    We’re going to see the Congressional maps re-drawn here in VA by the end of the year. My understanding is that the Dems are hoping to get a 5D-6R map out of the redrawing, and I’d imagine the D-to-R seats would be two of the 2nd, 4th, or 10th. While I suspect major changes to the 10th are unlikely (especially if the map is court-drawn), potential challengers will no doubt weigh carefully even a few points of swing – R+0 looks a lot more appealing than R+2. Or, if VA-2 and VA-4 suddenly get redistricted blue, the DCCC’s interest in VA-10 might wane. Or if the Dems and Republicans in Richmond strike a deal, they may do so in a way that somehow makes Comstock’s seat redder (though I don’t see how without playing ridiculous map games).

    And of course the results of this year’s elections play into it. Pretty much every Democrat in the 10th is running for something this year (the exceptions being some of our City/Town Council members). So if your prospective “strong” candidate list includes people like Mary Daniel, Kristin Umsttadt, Jennifer Wexton, or Kathleen Murphy, that’s a big chunk of “strong candidates” who have Nov. 2015 on the brain before they can even think about Nov. 2016.

    The HoD redistricting possibilities play into it as well. Depending on how that court case goes, we may have 2016 HoD elections with changed districts. Delegates who would consider jumping in might reconsider if it meant giving up the seat they just campaigned for in 2015, non-elected or lower-elected prospective candidates might see an open HoD seat as attractive, or Delegates might get districted out of their existing districts – a lot could happen.

    None of the above is derived from non-public information, and is largely speculative. My point here is not to hint at any particular candidate or outcome, but rather to highlight the level of uncertainty surrounding this. I wouldn’t expect to hear too much about this except as rumor until after the 2015 elections, or at least until after some of the big questions I raised above have been resolved.