I could not believe an editorial written by Fred Gruber entitled “Re-Elect Dave Brat.” Mr. Gruber says that Brat’s opponent, Abigail Spanberger, is “using the dastardly tactic in her TV ads of lying!” Mr. Gruber points out that Brat “has a master’s degree in divinity, and by no means would he be a liar.”
I think Mr. Gruber needs to turn his TV on more frequently and to listen to and read more news. Brat’s campaign is actively spreading a conspiracy theory about Abigail being complicit with terrorists who attended an academy where she taught. Abigail taught English to children at an embassy-sponsored school in 2002 and 2003. This was a temporary job she held while awaiting her security clearance to work for the post office.
The individuals identified as terrorists attended the school in the 1990s, long before Abigail taught there. This is a blatant lie being put out by Brat. It’s been running for weeks. If Brat knows or thinks it’s a lie, he should have already had it removed and made a public announcement and apology saying that it is absolutely not true instead of letting it continue. In my opinion, by doing nothing to stop this propaganda, he is “using the dastardly tactic” of lying!
Another area that Brat has not been untruthful about is his funding. Just this past week he said he didn’t have the funds Abigail has. Abigail is not accepting money from any super PACs and is relying on her potential constituents, like you and me, to fund her campaign. Brat, on the other hand, is being funded by the billionaire Koch brothers. He is one of eight congressmen they want to keep in Congress because they know he will not vote against anything to hurt their businesses, which, by the way, have been named among the worst 10 polluters in the world.
Mr. Gruber is correct about Brat being the most conservative member of the House. He always votes straight down the Republican agenda no matter how harmful to his constituents. He did vote for the tax reform that took away numerous deductions, credits and the individual exemption of $4,050. Meanwhile, private golf courses and airplanes are now tax exempt! Heirs to millions of dollars of inheritance will not have to pay taxes on the first $11 million to $22 million.
All the interest we middle class people earned on money we try to save for emergencies or retirement is taxed 100 percent. I wish the election was being held after taxes had to be filed. Then people would see how they will really be affected. Brat voted to rescind the Affordable Care Act, causing millions of people to lose their healthcare. Republicans promised repeal and replace. Thus far there has been no “replace.”
If Republicans stay in control, the rest of the ACA will be ravaged and people with preexisting conditions will be sentenced to death because they won’t have insurance. He also stands with Republicans who want to cut Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid and every other social program in existence.
Brat sends a lot of newsletters with pictures of himself with some constituents. However, he has not held a real town hall meeting in over a year. Any meetings he holds are held in places that will accommodate just a few people. Submit your name to attend, and if you are not recognized as a supporter, you are removed for lack of space. He refuses to answer hard questions about what is going on in D.C. and what HE is doing to help fix problems.
We don’t need more of the same old same old. Vote for Abigail Spanberger. Send her a donation while you are at it. You won’t be sorry.
Editor’s Note: this originally appeared in the September 20th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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