Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.-10th) snagged the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. John Warner on Wednesday.
While Warner held office as a Republican from 1979-2009, he's been fickle with his endorsements over the years. In this year's U.S. Senate race in Virginia, he's supporting incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine over challenger Corey Stewart.
“As the only female member of the Virginia congressional delegation, Barbara has taken on an important leadership role for women,” Warner, along with former Congressmen Frank Wolf and Tom Davis, said in an endorsement letter. “Barbara led the charge on cracking down on sexual harassment in Congress and the workplace, passing major reform legislation to require mandatory training for all staff and Members of Congress to prevent harassment, as well as legislation to reform the process by providing a victims advocate office and demanding more accountability and transparency.”
With one month until Election Day in Virginia's 10th District, Comstock is trailing in the polls in her re-election fight against state Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D). A recent Monmouth poll listed Wexton ahead by 7 points, while the most recent Washington Post poll showed Comstock trailing by 12 points.
The trio of former Republican lawmakers praised Comstock for her work in advocating for women and girls.
“Barbara has also been a leader promoting women in the STEM fields with the passage of her INSPIRE Act and other STEM education efforts, and she established the 10th District Young Women’s Leadership Program that has mentored over 1,500 young women in high school and junior high school,” the endorsement letter states. “ … It is important that the region continue to have bipartisan leadership in Congress because one-party domination in our region would ill serve many of our constituencies that need both parties fighting for their interests.”
Comstock has campaigned on her support for women, vote in favor of the Trump administration's tax cuts and increased Metro funding, among other initiatives.
Wexton is calling for stricter gun control – pointing out Comstock's “A” rating from the NRA in the process – and she has railed against the Trump administrations' economic plan and treatment of women. Wexton has been endorsed by the commonwealth's statewide officer-holders – all Democrats.
Here's the endorsement letter: