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Virginians are always at a crossroads in November. With elections every year, we are faced with making choices that affect our lives for years after the vote is cast. We need to think of what’s best for us, while keeping in mind the well being of our state and nation. Some of us are Democrats. Some of us are Republicans. Many of us are independents who make up our minds after Labor Day.
In Virginia, we have had a strong economy for many years. Our governors understand that the state of our Commonwealth is tied to the state of our economy. They have worked to put the economy at the top of their priorities.
Not so for our other Virginia representatives. Congressman Dave Brat has morphed into Eric Cantor and become a mouthpiece for special corporate interests outside our state. In fact, he doesn’t even bother to come to our county these days and certainly doesn’t represent our interests or those of the state of Virginia.
He has consistently voted to limit the jobs of our largest state employer – the federal government. Federal employees and contractors live and pay taxes in Virginia and add a lot to the state and local coffers.
Brat’s support for offshore oil drilling on our coastline threatens our military bases as well as two of our other major industries in Virginia – tourism and the fisheries of the Chesapeake Bay. There are hundreds of thousands of jobs already created for Virginians by the military, tourism and fisheries, many more than the number of hypothetical jobs created by offshore drilling. Ask yourself, whose interests is Brat representing there? Just check his political action committee donations.
As a congressman, Brat has tried to destabilize the country and its institutions.As a Trump supporter, he has been complicit inAmerica losing its role as the top global military, political and economic power. He is a do-nothing congressman.
Locally, what has Brat done for Louisa? I can recall only one thing. A couple of years ago, he got an EPA exemption for existing water wells for the town of Louisa. One thing in four years – not a good track record. We have a good alternative this year. Congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger is committed to helping the citizens of the 7th.
She has publicly committed to defending Medicare and Social Security and opposing ANY cuts to these programs. Mr. Brat and the Republicans are looking to cut Medicare and Social Security to reduce the deficit they created with the huge tax cut for the wealthy they passed earlier this year.
The annual salary of a member of Congress is $174,000. Too much for people who don’t do their job? Abigail Spanberger thinks so and is a strong advocate for the No Budget, No Pay Act, proposed legislation providing that members of Congress would receive NO salary unless Congress passes a multi-year budget which is their primary responsibility.
Contrary to what the TV ads say, Mrs. Spanberger has no ties to terrorists. In fact, she has a security clearance granted to her as a CIA field operative. Believe me, getting a clearance at this level requires a great deal of scrutiny and an extensive background check. Not everyone passes muster. Guess who does NOT have a clearance at this level - Mr. Brat.
So…who you gonna trust?
Editor’s Note: This letter originally appeared in the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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