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Virginia Realtors Association Backs Comstock in Re-Election Bid

Realtors group also backs Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor.

Republican Del. Barbara Comstock (left) and Democrat Kathleen Murphy (right), candidates for the House of Delegates race in the 34th District. Patch File Photo
Republican Del. Barbara Comstock (left) and Democrat Kathleen Murphy (right), candidates for the House of Delegates race in the 34th District. Patch File Photo

Incumbent state Del. Barbara Comstock has picked up an endorsement from the Virginia Association of Realtors in her re-election bid.

Comstock, R-McLean, faces Democrat Kathleen Murphy, a veteran political consultant, in November.

The race has piqued the interest of a liberal group founded by former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean that is trying to swing red districts to blue across the country.

And it's become one of the more costly races in Virginia this election cycle. More than $255,000 has been spent in this House race so far, compared to the average of about $101,000 spent in similar races across the state, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

"I am pleased to once again receive the endorsement of the Virginia Association of Realtors," Comstock said in a statement. "The housing industry is a vital part of our economy and revitalizing the housing market is essential to a full economic recovery. Expanding home ownership also provides stability and prosperity in communities throughout the Commonwealth. I look forward to continuing to work with the real estate agents in my District as well as the Virginia Association of Realtors to keep our real estate market strong and prosperous."

The Virginia Association of Realtors also is backing Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor after siding with Republican candidates during the last two gubernatorial contests.

Comstock was in the minority of House members who opposed this year's massive transportation overhaul, saying it would cause a strain on taxpayers. McAuliffe, on the other hand, made it a point to lavish Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell with praise for pushing the bill through.

Comstock's opponent, Murphy, also favors the transportation bill, according to the Loudoun Times.

"Since Delegate Comstock was first elected in 2009 she has received bi-partisan support from a broad cross section of business and community leaders, individual realtors, and various groups across the political spectrum," Comstock's campaign manager, Susan Falconer, told Patch in an email. "Today's endorsement is one more recognition of Delegate Comstock’s common sense, results oriented legislative successes that have focused on a healthy economy, high quality schools and improving our quality of life.  As the former Chairman of the Housing Subcommittee in the House of Delegates, Barbara understands the importance that home ownership and our housing industry play in revitalizing our economy.  She will continue to work with all of her constituents to expand home ownership and protect what is the most valuable asset of most families."

Comstock was first elected to the state House of Delegates in 2009 by a little more than 400 votes. She was re-elected in 2011 by a comfortable 55-45 margin.

J. Jay Volkert August 29, 2013 at 09:48 AM
This endorsement seems out of place since the Virginia Realtors Association is supporting McAuliffe against Cuccinelli. Comstock is totally aligned with the anti-business agenda of Cuccinelli. Comstock voted against the transportation compromise so essential to Northern Virginia as well as against funding for education which business recognizes as essential to future growth. A close look at Comstock's record will show voters that she is not representing the interests of Northern Virginia businesses. Kathleen Murphy in an independent-minded pragmatist who has the interests of Northern Virginians in mind, not a ideological agenda being advocated by a few on the far right fringe
Kathy Keith August 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM
I don't know much about Ms. Murphy. But, as far as ideology, she is strongly supported by Howard Dean's organization: Democracy for America. This organization has very progressive values and is far more concerned with social issues than business issues. This organization is also actively working AGAINST Ms. Comstock. I hardly think that the real estate group would support Comstock if it did not think she was good for business.
Sarah O'Neil August 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM
The realtor group decided that Ken Cuccinelli's social agenda was bad for business and refused to endorse him. Barbara Comstock has consistently supported that social agenda with her votes. It is unfortunate that the realtor group didn't investigate her voting record.
Steven Bloom August 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM
In addition, Comstock opposed the bipartisan transportation deal signed by our Republican governor, and consistently supported state budgets that would results in cuts to our schools - k-12 and public higher education. These are just examples of how Comstock's voting record - as opposed to her campaign's disingenuous effort to hide her record - make her out of step with our community. Kathleen Murphy supports policies like those of Senators Warner and Kaine, and Supervisor Foust, as well as those of Terry McAuliffe. I ask the Realtors - if you don't support Cuccinelli, why would you support Delegate Comstock? They share the same hard right Tea Party policies that are out of step with a district that strongly supported Senator Kaine and went for President Obama in 2012.

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