Despite ‘real job’ comment, Foust and Democrats to push ‘women’s issues’
Foust campaign manager Shaun Daniels said it's important women know Comstock's record on women's health issues, which includes statements supporting overturning Roe vs. Wade and votes in favor of legislation that could limit a woman's access to an abortion.
Foust has been assailed by his opponents over the past week for comments he made during a recent speech in Loudoun. The Democrat questioned whether Comstock has “ever had a real job” – a remark that inflamed Comstock supporters and led to an onslaught of critiques from conservatives who say Foust is the real “anti-woman candidate.”
“She likes to say she's a job creator ...,” Foust said in Leesburg Aug. 20. “What she fails to recognize, and I think it's because - I don't think she's ever had a real job – she's been, in business or any place else, she's been a partisan operative in Washington for so long.”
A veteran of Capitol Hill – including as a top staffer for current 10th District Congressman Frank Wolf -- and now a three-term state delegate, Comstock said her opponent has resorted to personal attacks because he has no plan for jobs.
Comstock campaign manager Susan Falconer called Foust's statements “sexist and offensive.”
“This attack insults working women, federal employees, lawyers, small businesswomen, and moms at home – all of whom have real jobs and pay the very real taxes that John Foust raises and advocates,” Falconer said in a prepared statement. “This desperate attack shows how out of touch he is with who it is that lives and works in the 10th District and the challenges that working women, working moms and moms at home face every day by men who demean their many and demanding roles … this was beyond the pale."
State Sen. Jill Vogel, a Republican who represents a portion of Loudoun County and the 10th Congressional District, added, “"Regrettably John Foust's comments reflect an ignorant, insensitive an arcane view of women and the role they play in the workforce.”
Daniels, the Foust campaign manager, admitted his candidate could have better-phrased his words, but he said anyone who knows Foust knows he supports equality for and empowering all women.
Democrats proceeded to court the women vote Tuesday with a new web ad attacking Comstock. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched the video, which highlights Comstock's support for letting the states, not the federal government, decide on the issue of abortion, as well as the delegate's support for legislation that would've required transvaginal ultra-sounds before receiving an abortion.