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Republican Yesli Vega in VA-07 Embraces Endorsement from Ginni Thomas

"Vega unconcerned with Thomas’s efforts to throw out votes and undermine democracy"

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Yesli Vega in VA-07 Embraces Endorsement from Ginni Thomas
Republican Yesli Vega unconcerned with Thomas’s efforts to throw out votes and undermine democracy

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is facing serious questions about her role urging the Trump White House to pursue “unrelenting efforts to overturn the 2020 election” – but that doesn’t worry Republican candidate Yesli Vega, who embraced her endorsement this week.

The news is just the latest example of Yesli Vega racing to the right in an attempt to make it through her crowded primary – but the extreme, far right positions she’s taking now will make her completely unelectable in the general.

Read more about Vega’s rightward sprint below:

Washington Post: Ginni Thomas endorses Yesli Vega in crowded Virginia GOP primary
By Meagan Flynn
April 12, 2022

  • “Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas, who is married to Justice Clarence Thomas and who remains under scrutiny for urging a top Trump administration official to overturn the 2020 presidential election, has weighed in on a crowded GOP primary in Virginia’s 7th District, endorsing Prince William Board Supervisor Yesli Vega (R).”
  • “‘For Republicans, she’s the Anti-AOC and the only candidate who can take the fight directly to the AOC backed candidate in this race, Abigail Spanberger,’ Thomas said in a statement, referring to liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), whose political action committee has not donated to Spanberger’s campaign and who has not endorsed Spanberger.”
  • “Thomas’s decision to endorse Vega now is notable both because her involvement in pushing to delegitimize President Biden’s 2020 win recently emerged during the House committee investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and, politically, because Virginia’s 7th is a competitive swing district that Trump lost.”
  • “While it is still a top Republican target, the 7th also shifted north to the Fredericksburg area after redistricting and became a few points bluer. But in a crowded race, with several candidates expected to be very competitive for the GOP nomination, some including Vega appear to be trying to capture as much of the Trump base as possible — where Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election can remain resonant with base voters.”
  • “Vega did not directly address the controversy in a message thanking Ginni Thomas for the endorsement but said Thomas has faced attacks. A campaign spokesman for Vega said she was tied up in board hearings all day Tuesday but passed along a request for comment.”
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