Make it three-for-three.
On Wednesday officials with the progressive political action committee Democracy for America's “Purple to Blue Project” announced their third endorsement in the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates races; and for the third time the candidate is one looking to knock off an incumbent Northern Virginia Republican.
DFA will lend its support – and cash – behind McLean Democrat Kathleen Murphy, who's challenging Republican Barbara Comstock in the 34th District. DFA will spend more than $750,000 on its five Virginia Purple to Blue targeted delegate races this year.
The “Purple to Blue Project,” launched in March
, will “be a robust layered campaign that is highly data-driven and micro-targeted,” according to DFA officials. While "Purple to Blue" is a national initiative for the Democratic operatives, races in Virginia have had the early focus given the commonwealth's off-year elections.
The two Northern Virginia districts previously announced are 86th and 87th, in which incumbent Tom Rust is being challenged by Jennifer Boysko and incumbent David Ramadan is being opposed by John Bell, respectively.
DFA Chairman Jim Dean, brother of DFA founder and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, quickly ripped Comstock for her support of contentious abortion-related legislation in the House.
“Del. Comstock is one of the most virulently anti-choice members of the Virginia House of Delegates and radically out of step with mainstream Virginia,” Jim Dean said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “DFA is incredibly proud to support Kathleen Murphy and our 21,000 members in Virginia and one million members across the country look forward to providing her with the resources and boots on the ground to beat Comstock and bring common sense progressive values back to Richmond.”
Comstock responded with an email saying she's proud to run on her “record of results on the priorities of [her] constituents,” which include promoting the high tech and data center industries, passing the first two telework bills in Virginia’s history, passing the Secret Ballot Protection Act in Virginia, passing historic legislation on Lyme Disease, securing more funding for in state college spots for our students and more K-12 funding for our schools, as well as fighting the growing threat of human sex trafficking, Comstock stated.
Comstock's campaign manager Susan Falconer added, “Given our opponent’s strongly negative tone right out of the gate, it is not surprising that she would seek out and align herself with the extremely divisive, screaming. and ranting Howard Dean who was even soundly rejected by 93 percent of Virginia’s Democrats when he ran for President and knows nothing of Northern Virginia priorities."
DFA simultaneously released a poll from Public Policy Polling that showed more likely voters in the 86th, 87th and 34th districts. According to the survey, only 31 percent, 30 percent and 32 percent of voters in the 34th, 86th and 87th districts currently have a favorable view of the Virginia state legislature, respectively.
Read past coverage here:
- "Finance reports show close matchups for Loudoun’s GOP incumbents,"
- "National Democratic operatives eye Northern Virginia House districts,"