More evidence that Barbara Comstock and her allies are getting panicky about this race? Check out the following obnoxious, idiotic, false TV ad they’re spending a s***-ton of money running in the super-expensive DC-Metro media market.
I think the “obnoxious” part speaks for itself. This ad is just embarrassing…can’t imagine anyone who would be convinced to vote for Comstock based on this garbage. As for the facts (I know, right-wing “attack dogs” like Comstock don’t care about those pesky things, but still…), here are a few.
- This ridiculous ad claims that Bennett criticized Comstock “for fighting the largest tax increase in Virginia history.” Except for a few problems. For starters, this bill passed the House of Delegates by a nearly 2:1 margin (64-35), with many Republicans – Dave Albo, John Cosgrove, Mark Dudenhefer, Tag Greason, Sal Iaquinto, Terry Kilgore, Jim LeMunyon, Randy Minchew, and even Speaker Bill Howell (!) – voting yes. Second, it also passed the State Senate by a wide margin (26-12), with many Republicans – including Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (!) – voting yes. Finally, this bill was signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who called it an “historic day in Virginia…the first sustainable long-term transportation funding plan in 27 years,” and example of the “‘Virginia Way’ of cooperation and problem solving…we saw it work again today in Richmond.”
- So…when Barbara Comstock’s allies attack LuAnn Bennett on this, in effect they are attacking House Speaker Bill Howell (R), Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R), then-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), and many of Comstock’s former Republican colleagues in the Virginia House of Delegates.
- Further keep in mind that the reason this bill passed with bipartisan support – not Comstock’s, mind you, given her political ambitions, unwillingness to compromise and hardcore/extreme ideological convictions – was because Virginia desperately needed funds to help unlock transportation gridlock in the state. That, of course, includes the highly-congested 10th CD, which clearly Comstock doesn’t care about, given that she voted against what Bob McDonnell called “the first sustainable long-term transportation funding plan in 27 years.” Heckuva job, eh?
- As for Bennett’s ideas regarding taxes, see here as she explains that she wants: a) to “reform our tax code to make it fairer and simpler” (horrible, eh? heh); b) that she supports “tax policies that cut taxes for middle and working class families to help them get ahead” (hmmm…still not seeing her supposed desire to raise taxes on the middle class, working people, etc.); c) her desire for LOWER “overall rates for companies and individuals by closing corporate loopholes”; and d) her belief that we “need to provide tax relief to small businesses and make it easier for them to file their taxes.” Again, does anyone see anything here related to the lying lies in the ad by Comstock’s right-wingnut allies?
- Finally, I’d note that Comstock and her extremist allies want to de-fund government, shut it down, shrink it to the size where they can “drown it in a bathtub (as her ideological soulmate Grover Norquist once said, and as her far-right-wing pals Sean Hannity and many others undoubtedly believe as well). What’s more important to Comstock, protecting her super-wealthy friends and corporations or fighting for the people of the 10th CD? Hint: $$$$$$.
Anyway, as a diehard Democrat and Bennett supporter, all I can say is that I hope Comstock’s pals in the Party of Trump keep wasting their money running idiotic ads like this one, even as new polling shows Bennett pulling ahead. We’ll see in a few weeks how that works out for (soon-to-be-FORMER?) Rep. Comstock. 😉