From the DCCC:
“When she was 17 years old, Elaine Luria raised her right hand and took an oath to support and defend this country and our Constitution — and she has lived that commitment ever since. First as a commander in the Navy, and now as a member of Congress, Elaine Luria brings her sense of duty and tireless work ethic with her every day to fight on behalf of Virginia families. The same can’t be said for Jen Kiggans, a craven political opportunist who will do or say anything to get elected. Virginians know they can trust Elaine to do what’s right, and it’s why they’ll proudly send her back to Congress this November.” – DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney
To: Interested Parties
From: Monica Robinson, DCCC Regional Press Secretary
Date: June 21, 2022
Subject: The Case Against Jen Kiggans
Elaine Luria is a retired Navy commander, nuclear engineer, former small business owner, and the independent fighter Virginians need in Washington. She’s hard-working, no B.S., and can always be counted on to do the right thing — because she knows there is nothing more important than the oath she took to this country, many times over.
Married to a naval officer who raised their daughter with her, Elaine Luria served twenty years as a commander in the Navy, and started a family business in Norfolk and Virginia Beach that created local jobs and donated thousands of dollars to local charities. Elaine has served this area in Congress since 2018 and ranks among the most bipartisan members.
Elaine is laser-focused on the issues that matter most to Virginia families, and she delivers. She is one of the leading voices in Congress for veterans and their families, passing legislation that provided a critical pay raise for disabled veterans and to ensure that all veterans have access to all the benefits they earned by their service. She also knows that costs are rising, and families are struggling to pay their bills. That’s why she voted to tackle inflation by standing up to China and securing America’s supply chain, boosting US manufacturing, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. As Congresswoman for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, Elaine brought good-paying jobs to Virginia, invested in critical infrastructure investments for ports and highways, and delivered relief to small businesses and families during the worst of the global pandemic.
The contrast couldn’t be sharper between Elaine Luria and Jen Kiggans, the new Republican nominee voters nominated to lose to Elaine this November.
Jen Kiggans is a self-serving, craven political opportunist who will do or say anything to get in power. Kiggans never met a conviction she didn’t abandon when it served her best interests: Faced with a bruising primary with “American First” candidate Jarome Bell, Kiggans quickly dropped all pretense of being a “middle-of-the-road” candidate and sprinted as far to the extreme right as she could go. When she wasn’t staking out radical positions on issues like reproductive rights or spewing conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being stolen, Kiggans was hiding from voters and the press alike, refusing to answer the tough questions if she thought they might hurt her chances of winning. Copy Cat Kiggans is so eager to be a rubber stamp that she even plagiarized Elaine Luria herself: “Kiggans, in the attempt to pillory her political rival […] appears to have stolen language directly from a Wall Street Journal op-ed Luria published four days prior to the email blast.” According to a statistical linguistic analysis expert, “analysis pegged the probability that one of the phrases in question was accidental at one in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000.” Of course, Kiggans’ campaign did not answer “repeated questions” about the apparent plagiarism.
Virginians need sound, commonsense leadership now more than ever — but Jen Kiggans moves further to the extreme right every day, and she can’t be trusted to stand up for what is right. We’ve seen what Kiggans is willing to do to get elected — it’s downright frightening to imagine the agenda she would push in DC with Kevin McCarthy pulling the puppet strings.