There is a lot to like about Cockburn, but her ability to win in in purple Virginia is far more in question. As one Democratic strategist said to me, “It’s a little sad. With the right candidate, in the right year, [VA-5] could be competitive,” but Cockburn may be too liberal, too universalist to pull enough support from the fractious district. Cockburn might be the Democrats’ preferred candidate, but she may not help them flip the House.
Edwin Santana Jr. of Stafford County said Trump has “done more than enough to show he should be removed from office if you want to talk about incompetence or just blatantly criminal things.”John Suddarth of Prince William County said there’s “plenty of evidence that President Trump and his cronies, cohorts and colleagues have done a lot of things—money in politics, influence peddling, corruption, collusion.”And Vangie Williams of King George County called impeachment “necessary,” though she added: “It’s a shame that we are even having this discussion when we have so many bigger issues going on like education, infrastructure, transportation. But this president has sucked it all out of us.”
“All across Virginia, Democrat Congressional candidates showed their true colors. Democrats will vote to raise taxes, put the government in charge of our health care, and impeach President Trump to please their base. Meanwhile, under Republican leadership, the economy is roaring, paychecks are growing, and businesses are hiring. Calling these candidates ‘out of touch’ simply doesn’t do it justice.” —Garren Shipley, RNC spokesman
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