Virginia’s 10th Congressional District – Today the grassroots group, Dump Comstock, announced that all of the declared challengers against Congresswoman Barbara Comstock have signed an “Accountability Pledge.” By signing the pledge, candidates have promised 10th Congressional District voters that they will hold themselves to a minimum standard of availability and accountability.
Candidates signing the pledge promise to:
- Hold three town halls each year
- Articulate positions on key issues before voting
- Not block constituents on social media
- Remain open to opposing viewpoints
The list of candidates who have signed the pledge can be found on the Dump Comstock website along with the full text of the pledge.
On the town hall issue, Representative Comstock has steadfastly refused to hold a single in person town hall in the 948 days since she was first elected to Congress in 2014. This year, all three major local newspapers have published editorials calling on her to hold a in person town hall:
Comstock’s refusal to hold a town hall is now harming her politically. Last week, the Global Strategy Group announced the results of a poll of VA-10 residents that it conducted during the month of July. The results showed overwhelming bipartisan demand for Rep. Comstock to hold an in person town hall:
- 71% of all respondents say she should hold a town hall this summer
- 68% of Republicans
- 72% of Independents
The Accountability Pledge was signed by all nine of Barbara Comstock’s declared opponents, including her GOP primary challenger, Shak Hill. Rep. Comstock was offered a chance to sign the pledge but her office did not respond to our requests.
Dump Comstock is a grassroots group of citizens that formed for the sole purpose of defeating Barbara Comstock on November 6, 2018 and replacing her with someone who reflects the values of VA-10. Since its founding the group has grown to include over 1,500 members and has raised over $11,000 in three months from more than 300 contributors donating an average of $36 each. For more information on Dump Comstock please visit dumpcomstock.com.