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Abigail Spanberger Responds to Outrageous, Recycled Ad Attempting to Associate Her with Terrorists

"It's ridiculous to question Abigail's strong national security and law enforcement background"

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From the Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA07) reelection campaign, as far-right Republican Nick Freitas and his allies hit another new low.

Spanberger Responds to Outrageous, Recycled Ad Attempting to Associate Her with Terrorists

GLEN ALLEN, VA —  In response to a recycled ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s campaign today released the following statement.

“Delegate Freitas’ extreme record on healthcare, education, and COVID-19 is so terrible that his allies are resorting to these dangerous, broken-record attacks. As a CIA case officer, Abigail worked counterterrorism cases abroad and ran a large-scale program aimed at thwarting terrorist threats. It’s ridiculous to question Abigail’s strong national security and law enforcement background — and this ad belittles and insults her record of service,” said Connor Joseph, Spanberger spokesperson. “In Congress, Abigail has continued her work to protect American families and communities — including through her work on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, her legislation to strengthen U.S. border security, and her legislation to protect against foreign-based 5G threats. Last election cycle, we saw a GOP Super PAC question Abigail’s national security credentials. Now, we’re seeing Washington GOP insiders resorting to the same, tired tactics they tried (and failed) to weaponize in 2018.”

In 2018, the Congressional Leadership Fund disseminated an unredacted version of Spanberger’s national security questionnaire with her Social Security Number and medical records — in violation of her privacy — to help make this absurd attack. 

Soon after this incident in 2018, the Washington Post Editorial Board described the cheap political use of Spanberger’s SF86 in this manner as “outrageous and worrisome.” Even Republicans slammed the attack, and more than 200 national security veterans demanded additional information about how Spanberger’s security form was obtained and handled.