With recent polls showing that Elizabeth Warren has a 25 point lead in her bid for a second term in the US Senate and almost $14 million cash on hand, it shouldn’t be surprising that she’s spending a lot of time and energy trying to help Democrats running all over the country. One of the most recent candidates to receive her help is Jennifer Wexton.
In an email sent out yesterday, Senator Warren focused in on how the Republicans in Congress have refused to take any action on gun reform despite the increase in mass shootings. In fact, she highlighted how many Republicans have refused to move forward with commonsense solutions because they’ve received massive donations from the NRA.
That’s especially the case here in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District as out of 435 members of the House of Representatives, Barbara Comstock ranks 10th in terms of donations received from the NRA. As Warren mentioned in the email, this has caused there to be quite a difference between the candidates on commonsense gun reform.
Jennifer is a strong voice for common-sense gun violence prevention. In the Virginia State Senate, she championed bills that would establish universal background checks, close the gun show loophole, and ban bump stocks. We need fighters like her in Congress.
But Jennifer’s Republican opponent, Barbara Comstock, is bought and paid for by the NRA. She’s one of the top 10 recipients of NRA money in the House, and has voted down gun violence prevention laws year after year.
The email went on to say that while things are looking good for Wexton and she has a background that suggests she’ll be an excellent Representative, nobody can let up yet because the seat hasn’t been held by a Democrat since 1981. For a little extra motivation to help people across the finish line, she told people to remember the feeling Virginians had after after Barack Obama was the first Democrat to win the Commonwealth in decades.
With all that in mind, the email’s timing is a little interesting because Barbara Comstock has been trying to tie Wexton to Nancy Pelosi in an attempt to score some political points. If the Wexton campaign was scared of being tied to national progressive politicians, they wouldn’t have rolled out an email from one of the movement’s biggest leaders.
Comstock, on the other hand, is running on the same ticket as Corey Stewart and votes with Donald Trump 98% of the time. She’s constantly trying to distance herself from Trump despite supporting his policies and rarely campaigns with Stewart — though she never calls him out for his support of white supremacists and hate. So I suppose moral of the story is Wexton’s simply prouder of her allies than Barbara Comstock is of hers.