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Democrats Attack Comstock (Already)

Democrats began attacking state Del. Barbara Comstock on Tuesday within hours of her announcing she would make a bid for Congress.

Democrats began attacking state Del. Barbara Comstock on Tuesday within hours of her announcing she would make a bid for Congress. Patch file photo
Democrats began attacking state Del. Barbara Comstock on Tuesday within hours of her announcing she would make a bid for Congress. Patch file photo

A group that works to elect Democrats to Congress issued a statement attacking state Del. Barbara Comstock within hours of her announcement Tuesday that she's making a bid for her former boss's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Comstock, a Republican, announced Tuesday morning that she will seek her party's nomination for the seat that will be left vacant by retiring U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued a statement Tuesday afternoon linking Comstock to last year's government shutdown.

It also criticized her for voting against the 2013 transportation compromise, voting against a budget that included pay raises for teachers (though that vote was more due to Comstock's concerns about provisions for Medicaid expansion), and for supporting a bill that would require transvaginal ultrasounds before an abortion. Comstock has said that was "always meant to be an external ultrasound."

“Barbara Comstock’s record of prioritizing her own dysfunctional and extreme agenda instead of focusing on solving problems is exactly what Virginians hate about Congress and her divisive agenda would only make things worse for Virginia’s middle class families,” David Bergstein with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in a statement. “Each candidate in this costly and divisive Republican primary will be forced to align themselves with the most dysfunctional fringe of their party that was responsible for the government shutdown.”

Comstock is no stranger to high-stakes politics.

Her November win was by just more than 400 votes. That race drew the attention of a progressive group tied to Howard Dean that tries to flip red districts to blue. And national gun control and gun rights groups targeted the race to the point where a forum in Great Falls had to be postponed.

J. Jay Volkert January 21, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Barbara Comstock is out of touch with Northern Virginia interests and opinions. For Example on women's rights. Women’s issues are expected to in the forefront during this election cycle. The Republicans are accused of carrying on a war against women, a charge strongly denied by Republican candidates and their supporters. Is there any truth behind this accusation? To find out, one has to look beneath the hype and pay attention to what the candidates have actually said and done. When the public record is examined, it becomes clear that Del. Barbara Comstock, running for Congress in the 10th District, is carrying out a war on women in ways that are not only extreme but lacking in compassion. Barbara Comstock has spoken at length about her initiative to provide information to women about breast density and its impact on cancer risk. All well and good, but where are women supposed to get this information? Del. Comstock has also voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood, and supported the bill that holds clinics providing abortions to the same standards as hospitals. The primary function of these clinics is to provide affordable, basic health care services to women, including cancer screenings, mammograms, and birth control. Right now, in Virginia, you can get a facelift or a knee replacement in a clinic held to lesser standards. Because of legislators like Del. Comstock, many women will be without the most basic health care

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