VA race gets testy when Tulsi Gabbard enters picture; Dem incumbent gets one upped by GOP opponent

Following her departure from the Democratic party, Tulsi Gabbard can’t go anywhere without stirring up a storm, so when she showed up in Virginia to campaign for GOP congressional hopeful Yesli Vega, it’s not surprising that things got a little testy.

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Vega’s rival, former CIA officer Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), immediately took to Twitter and cried “Putin!” in an attempt to smear Gabbard, and by extension, Vega.

“What do Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, and Yesli Vega have in common?” Spanberger tweeted. “Tulsi Gabbard supports them.”

The al-Assad reference stems from a “fact-finding” trip Gabbard took to Syria in 2017.

Proving she’s no shrinking violet, Vega clapped back with a tweet of her own.

“What do [Virginia Delegate Elizabeth] Guzman, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, and Groomers have in common?” she asked. “They own Abigail @SpanbergerVA07’s vote.”

The race in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District is considered to be one of the tightest in the nation, with Republicans hoping it will end with flipped House seat.

Big-name Republicans have voiced their support for Vega, including Ted Cruz, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, and Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, who was by Vega’s side at a rally on Wednesday in Manassas.

The duo were set to debate last Friday, but organizers pulled out on Tuesday.

According to Vega, the reason was clear.

“If you’re still wondering why Abigail backed out of our scheduled debate tonight, look no further than this headline,” Vega tweeted Friday.

Attached was a headline from September 30 that reads, “Every House Democrat just voted against parental rights legislation.”

“Abigail can’t defend her anti-parent agenda and stands with union bosses and corrupt school administrators,” Vega stated. “I stand with parents and their children.”

Vega, a Prince William County deputy, has slammed Democrats’ and President Joe Biden’s approach to handling soaring inflation — a top concern of voters everywhere.

“The problem is they’re taxing everything,” she told WJLA. “You can’t get your way out of inflation by taxing the American people. We have to go back to the drawing board, re-evaluate our spending and the areas we can cut spending, and save some money to put some money back in the pockets of the American people.”

Reporter Chrisian Flores pressed the candidate for details on what she’d do differently.

“Here at the local level, we analyze our county budget, and we look at areas we can save, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” Vega said. “That’s the same approach we’re going to take when we get to Congress.”

In contrast, when asked the same question by the same reporter, Spanberger bragged about her role in the disastrous Inflation Reduction Act.

“I have a record of accomplishments that I am proud of – such as helping lead negotiations with Republicans and Democrats to pass the bipartisan infrastructure law and voting to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which will reduce the financial burden on Virginia’s seniors by standing up to big pharmaceutical companies and lowering the cost of prescription drugs,” she replied in an email. “I’m focused on responding directly to the concerns of Virginians. That’s why I’m working to lower costs, strengthen public safety, invest in treatment and recovery services, protect the right to choose, and make sure the next generation of Virginians has the tools they need to succeed.”


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