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Virginia GOP leaders demand apology, more from Lind

Republican leadership in Virginia's House of Delegates is pressing for an apology from fellow conservative Howie Lind over a recent Lind attack ad against Del. Barbara Comstock in the 10th Congressional District GOP primary contest.

In a letter sent Thursday, GOP lawmakers, including Speaker of the House of Delegates William Howell and local Dels. Tag Greason and David Ramadan, go so far as to urge Lind, a former chairman of the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee, to “seriously review” why he is “even in this race.”

Lind and Comstock are two of six Republicans seeking the party's nomination to succeed veteran Congressman Frank Wolf, who represents Loudoun County and portions or all of several other Northern Virginia jurisdictions.

The intra-party scuffle stems from a Lind radio ad claiming Del. Comstock supports expanding Medicaid in Virginia through the Affordable Care Act, even though Comstock took several votes against expansion in the 2014 General Assembly session.

“It was extremely disappointing to see your campaign act with such disregard for the truth in your false, negative attacks on Del. Barbara Comstock,” the Republicans state in the letter to Lind. “Your actions are especially troubling, since you were previously a 10th District Committee Republican Chairman, and until recently a U.S. Senate candidate. As fellow Republicans, we had hoped you would be aware that Del. Comstock has consistently voted against Medicaid expansion as it relates to Obamacare.”

In addition to Howell, Greason and Ramadan, House of Delegates Majority Whip Jackson Miller, Del. Rich Anderson and Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity signed off on the letter.

"We request that you do the honorable thing and apologize for your false statements, withdraw your ad, and seriously review why you are even in this race," the letter continues. "Your tactics and actions are causing actual harm to fellow Republicans, including some of our future leaders in the Young Republicans. We suggest you follow Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment -- 'Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican.'"

While Comstock is widely viewed as the front-runner in the 10th District contest, Lind last week won a Loudoun County Tea Party straw poll. Comstock previously prevailed in Loudoun County Republican Committee straw poll (separate from the local tea party).

Lind's campaign doubled-down on its offensive Friday, knocking Howell for supporting last year's tax increase associated with the transportation funding overhaul legislation. The Lind camp also continued to push the line that Comstock supports Medicaid expansion.

“Speaker Bill Howell pushed through the largest tax increase in Virginia history last year, dooming the campaigns of Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain,” Lind campaign manager Howie Morgan said Friday. “Today he is attacking Howie Lind for stating what everyone knows is true, that on the day after the primary Barbara Comstock will be a solid vote for the McAuliffe Obamacare Medicaid Expansion.”

Lind himself noted that Comstock's campaign website was recently scrubbed of language stating Comstock supports reforms to Medicaid before expansion is implemented. The candidate on Friday sent a response letter to Del. Howell, demanding an apology from the speaker, pointing out the alteration to Comstock's website and bringing up a 2008 vote for President Barack Obama cast by Comstock.

" ... here’s what we have. Delegate Comstock outlined on her website the conditions she would support Medicaid Expansion. Then, when her position was exposed, she rewrote her site with the proper campaign-approved lie," Lind stated in his letter to Howell. "Then she made misstatements again by trying to say her vote in the Democratic Primary was about 'Operation Chaos' when in fact the phrase didn’t even exist on February 12, 2008 and concerned votes for Hillary Clinton and not Barack Obama."

"So Mr. Speaker I am now going to request you do the honorable thing and apologize to me for your false accusations and seriously review why you are interfering in a race that last I checked you cannot vote in," Lind continued.

The Republican 10th District nominee will be selected through an April 26 firehouse primary, held at various locations throughout the district.

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FredSanford - Not at all. Wolf was a moderate for the most part liked by folks in both parties. He also has been in office for decades which means people knew and respect him. He was the only republican I voted for in 2012.

In the last election almost no sitting candidate at any level lost reelection. The seats up for grabs, like the 10th will be, mostly went to democrats.

If what you say is true TroyMcClure, you must be hard pressed to explain Wolf commanding 65%+ of the vote in every election cycle in what should be a Democrat District by your numbers.

The GOP’s problem in the 10th is that Fairfax County went for McAuliffe 56 to 38.  Almost 70k votes.  By contrast, the total number of Loudoun voters was about 88k.  Cuccinelli also lost Loudoun and Prince William/Manassas. 

Yes, the tried to gerrymander it, but too many people live in Fairfax who aren’t voting for these social conservatives.  The fact that west of Leesburg remains a GOP stronghold is irrelevant.

The only way the GOP wins is if turnout is under 30%, like the pathetic year the BoS went to all GOP and guys like Dick Black charged into Richmond with the “mandate” provided by 52% of 28% of the voters. 

Bolling was not beat by a vote. The state republicans prevented a vote to force Cucc in

Not a big deal voting for the lessor candidate but saying why you did it and that being untrue is a big deal, we are not democrats after all. Bolling-toast, abc guy-toast, Sarvis-toast, Cuccinelli lost by 2 points after being outspent by how much? I just hope McAuliffe saved some of the cash to pay for his bar-bill diplomacy.

oranges869 - You know the RNC had no primary last election right? They did that to block Boiling from beating Cucc and they forced Cucc on the state which is why they lost.

FredSanford you might be right about the 10th being too gerrymandered for a (D) win. Depends on the candidate, if Comstock wins next weekend I suspect she will win the election easy. If its Marshall not so much.

fedupdude, you seem to forget that Gerrymandering has made the 10th a solid Red Republican District. The chance of a Democrat winning is about the same odds as a Republican winning the Mayoral race in DC.

The future Congress member from the VA10th will be decided at the Republican Primary next Saturday.

mephisto, you must have missed the fact that 8 of 11 Congressional House Representatives are Republican. Virginia is moving forward under Conservative leadership. The Democrats need to stop opposing the will of the people in Virginia.

I hate to break it to the GOP, but they are going to get “Cuccinelli’d” again in the 10th.  It is a moderate district that has been going “blue” for at least six years now. 

So in response to this, the state party could only muster a bunch of people who offer no real agenda beyond “Obama stinks” and their hard line on social issues?  Now they are jockeying to see who can come off as more on the fringe?  Comstock going to Penny Nance fundraisers.  The infighting here.  They are fighting over 5 votes, when there are 50,000 out there to grab. 

Congratulations Mr. Foust, you’ve won by default, just like McAuliffe did.  I suspect Kaine did as well considering how pathetic George Allen was as a challenger.  Heck, Obama’s second term is arguably more a result of swing voters rejecting Mitt rather than supporting Obama.  Anyone see a trend here?  The GOP will get no votes outside the “base”, yet again, and unless turnout is 25%, you can’t win elections that way.

We’ve all seen for the past 6 years that Republicans can’t find a way to compromise and work with Democrats and Independents to deliver something (anything) to the voters of Virginia. 

Now we see that they can’t really even work with other Republicans either.

How much longer do we have to wait for the hold-your-breath-till-you-get-your-way crowd to get out of the way and let Virginia move forward again?

Not buying it, To be blunt, even a sleazy pol with no real agenda can beat a right-wing hardliner in Virginia. You had Bolling, The RNC dropped the ball and the former ABC appointee that didn’t get his sell vote dues.


You seem to not understand the reason the Republicans lost last time, they went with a group too far right for much of this state including the area of the 10th district. We are fairly moderate here and have no interest in social conservatives or the social conservatives trying to pretend to be libertarians. Lack of donation to the candidates was a lack in love by fellow republicans and the common voter to them being elected.

I wish Howie all the luck in winning, it will sure up a victory for Foust who is the most moderate person in the race so far.

I also demand an apology by Delegate David LaRock, and Delegate Randy Minchew, for hijacking our State Budget to fuel the fire because of their extremist positions on Medicaid.  I have observed with humor that these two delegates, as well as other republican delegates, who fail to point out that the State Senate has passed a budget that includes Medicaid.  So, you have two branches of our State Government, who have to deal with the extremist House of Delegates.

I demand a apology from the GOP leaders who manages to clutch defeat from the jaws of victory with our state elections! There could not of been a more beatable foe then Terry McAuliffe yet the republicans managed to bungle the election and now want to censor a standup straight shooter like Howie. You got out spent, out muscled and outsmarted in the last elections so do forgive me if we question your veracity.

Chris N. - don’t recall you running 4 ofc.

As supposed devout R or D, candidates asking voters to support them while skewing results of other party is dishonest and still unworthy imho. Run on their own creds, not gaming the system.

any R who infiltrates D primary (or reverse) to skew results is unworthy.”

Baloney! Virginia has open primaries so there technically are no R’s and D’s. I did the same thing six years ago. John McCain had sewn up the GOP nomination, but the Dems’ primary race was still very much in flux.

The thought of Hillary running the country scared me a lot more than the prospect of an Obama White House. I’m not sure I made the right decision on which Democrat was capable of doing the most damage, but I am quite sure that I made the right decision to participate in the only primary where my vote had an impact.

Any chance TAG and the rest of his party compatriots can spend a little bit of time working out a compromise on the budget as opposed to shooting poison darts at fellow party members?

any R who infiltrates D primary (or reverse) to skew results is unworthy.

Sleazy and a big ball of crazy

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