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In Virginia Battleground, a Face of the New GOP Takes on Spanberger

AMAC Exclusive – By Eleanor Vaughn

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Yesli Vega (R) with Texas Senator, Ted Cruz (R).

Just 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., Republican Yesli Vega and incumbent Democrat Abigail Spanberger are locked in a heated battle for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District seat, in what could be one of the defining races of this year’s midterm elections. The Cook Political Report lists the contest as one of 33 toss-ups in the House for 2022, while some in Virginia Republican circles believe it could be Republicans’ best chance for a pickup in the state. The contest is in many ways a microcosm of broader political shifts in the country as a whole, and could well be a key indicator for how Republicans fare nationwide this fall.

Once a safe Republican seat, the Virginia 7th has in recent years become a top target for both parties. In 2018, Spanberger narrowly defeated two-term incumbent Republican Dave Brat before herself surviving a re-election scare by a mere 8,000 votes against Virginia State Assemblyman Nick Freitas in 2020.

This time around, Republicans believe they have the ideal candidate to unseat Spanberger in Yesli Vega, a Hispanic American mother, military wife, and law enforcement veteran who has made upholding public safety and expanding economic opportunity two pillars of her campaign.

Vega was born in Houston, Texas, to El Salvadoran immigrants fleeing civil war, eventually moving to Virginia as a young girl. There, she saw first-hand the power of the American Dream, growing up and starting a family with her high-school sweetheart, Rene. After a gang-related tragedy left a friend dead and her brother severely wounded, Vega decided to enter law enforcement to help prevent violence and respond to others in need, starting her career as a police officer with the city of Alexandria and later serving with police departments in Manassas Park and Prince William County.

Vega’s candidacy reflects a growing trend within the Republican Party of women of color – particularly Hispanic women – running for elected office. Mayra Flores, who flipped a previously safe Democratic seat in southern Texas, is an obvious comparison. Cassy Garcia (TX-28) and Monica De La Cruz (TX-15) are two other notable candidates who many observers think also have the potential to be part of an historic wave of Republican women entering Congress next January.

Like Flores, Garcia, and De La Cruz, Vega has emphasized her Christian faith and love of country in her campaign – two themes that have been noticeably lacking in Democrat campaigns in recent years but which connect with Hispanic voters. Indeed, the rising number of Latino Republican candidates directly coincides with growing support among Hispanic voters for the Republican Party generally. According to a recent New York Times/Siena College survey, Democrats have just a 3-point advantage over Republicans with Hispanic voters on the generic ballot – a striking finding given that Democrats won the Hispanic vote by more than 40 points during the last midterm cycle in 2018.

Vega also shares a number of similarities with another woman of color who fared quite well in the Old Dominion just one year ago – Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears. Both Sears and Vega served their communities – Vega as a police officer and Sears as a U.S. Marine – before shifting into politics to address growing problems facing the ordinary people they knew and worked with.

In the Virginia 7th, as in most areas throughout the country, the most urgent concern facing voters is the economy. Vega has emphasized the rising cost of living and record high inflation – caused by massive Democrat spending – as key examples of the failure of Democrat governance. Vega has also hammered Spanberger and the Democratic Party over the border crisis and crime wave, arguing that Americans need more leaders with law enforcement experience like herself in office to better ensure public safety.

The success of Vega’s campaign will likely depend in large part on her success at dispelling Spanberger’s attempts to brand herself as a “moderate,” a label that is becoming more and more difficult to believe in today’s increasingly radicalized Democratic Party. Though Spanberger has consistently touted her “bipartisan” label during her two terms in Washington and is a member of the “Problem Solver’s Caucus,” she has voted with President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time this Congress – directly tying her to Democrats’ far-left agenda. For Vega, cutting through Spanberger’s facade of moderation will be key during the campaign’s final months.

In a district that voted both for Biden and for Youngkin, 2022 promises to provide an intriguing look at where Virginia and the country are headed: Will Democrats be able to run from their failed policies and cling to power? Or will last year’s trend toward Republicans continue? If conservatives win in November, diverse and exciting candidates like Yesli Vega will probably be a big reason why.

Eleanor Vaughn is a writer living in Virginia.


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Tom
1 month ago

While the Biden crowd scream about coal is terrible for the environment the fact is the F M C corp makes a n industrial chimney air scrubber that removes soot and ask making the exhaust very clean Notice not a word about ways to improve complaints about any energy source just replace everything . Weak,Hungary unarmed people don’t rise up much making control easier. May God bless America again and give us Trump.

Terry White
1 month ago

Yea! Go Vesli. We need all of the Republican seats we can get!

fredwriter1961
1 month ago

The Democrats are a sick and vile party that caters to criminals, union goons, transgender people, people opposed to voter ID, gun ownership, religious freedom, fracking, supporting the police, school choice and more. Their voter base consists of ignorant blacks, anti-American Jews like George Soros and much of Hollywood and the academy which are heavily influenced by the presence of Jews as well as lesbians, gays, and people who cannot define what a woman is. They ask culturally retrograde and a mix of the morally bankrupt and mentally ill.

Henry D
1 month ago

I believe ALL republicans should advertise their campaign as the current administrations plan for America is no longer represented by the three-B’s but by FOUR B’s: “Bankruptcy Built By Biden” !!! If we the PEOPLE do not get our representatives with some common sense and at least an inkling of Economics then we have little hope of continuing as a nation, prime for takeover by Socialist, China, or conglomerately by our debt holders. Let’s hope Yesli does not fall into the POWER trap of congressional inmates if elected

370H55V
1 month ago

In Virginia they’re called “delegates”, not “assemblyman”.

Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  370H55V

I don’t know what we would have done without that clarification.

Lloyd
1 month ago

Ad with so many other Americans, I find it refreshing to have people running for office that actually care about others instead of themselves. That care about the moral principles of life instead of power and radical ideologies.

Bernardo
1 month ago

I wish Yesli Vega the best of success in the upcoming election. Keeping her focus on the economy, the boarder and education should be a winning formula.

Herman Hunt
1 month ago

I hope every Democrat gets beat very badly

Lisa
1 month ago
Reply to  Herman Hunt

Ditto

steve
1 month ago

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Legally Present
1 month ago

LOL, the “Problem Solvers Caucus”, my Rep. was in that also, always voting with the Democrats, but when the shoe was on the other foot, the Dems. didn’t cross the aisle and vote with the Republicans. So the only problems I guess were with the Republicans.

BCC
1 month ago

Check out COS

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago

Four of the five richest counties in the US are in northern Virginia. Why? Because the useless bureaucrats who make a fortune saddling us with regulations and taxes live there! They won’t vote Republican because they might lose their cushy jobs!

johnh
1 month ago

Are you saying that no Republicans live in Northern Virginia ??? I really doubt that is true & therefore I would think they will vote Red……….. your statement is fake news.

Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  johnh

He didn’t say that at all. He said useless bureaucrats live there. He did not say that that’s all that live there. As a matter of fact, In Fairfax County, VA 69.9% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 28.0% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.1% voted Independent.

Rik
1 month ago

Maybe it’s time for a new political party that puts America First! . . . With a platform of term limits (2) and Patriotism first and foremost!

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

All a new political party will accomplish is ensure the Republican vote is split in two and hand the Democrats every election going forward. Remember, whether people here want to admit it or not, half the country believes in the Marxist socialist agenda promoted by the Democrats as “progressive, common sense policies”. None of the 50 percent of the people in this country currently embracing the Democrats will move to the type of new political party you advocate for. That’s not what they are interested in or care about. Anyone attracted to the new party you suggest would come from the people that vote for Republicans candidates. So it is a self defeating path. Not to mention the cost and time of building up a viable third party operation on a national scale would be both time and cost prohibitive given where we have allowed this country to deteriorate to.

Rather than a new party that cannalbalizes the Republican party and splits the so-called conservative vote in two, the only viable answer as I’ve mentioned before is to force the Republican party to adopt the direction you suggest. Will the RINOs and the old guard establishsment class that values “go along to get along” openly embrace this? Of course NOT! They will all scream and fight back with everything they have, because they love the status quo of being Democrat-lite. That doesn’t change the fact that taking over the Republican party, much in the same way the Marxist socialists took over the Democrat party over a period of time decades ago, this is the only viable means to provide a true, strong, patriotic and constitutionally conservative party.

This requires one thing I’m no longer sure the American people have anymore. That is a commitment to getting the job done over a protracted period of time. Too many people today demand instant gratification in everything. The sense of working for something over time to achieve a goal seems largely lost. Without a commitment for the goal over any langth of time, nothing is ever accomplished. Nothing worth having was ever built over night with litlle to no effort. There is no “magic fix” to turning this country around at this point. I don’t care if it’s creating and building a new political party, a new business, or any large, complex task. People have to agree to a game plan and then keep at it until the objective is attained. Anyway, you get the idea I’m trying to get across.

Rik
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hi PaulE, you know that I entirely agree with you, I was just venting my frustrations especially being unjustly hospitalized and fighting that.

BCC
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Check on the COS amendment. Should help!!!

Patriot Will
1 month ago

If Spanberger is a moderate, then I have a bridge to sell that’s located in Brooklyn. Spanberger is a typical left-wing Democrat who wants the state and feds to control everything. She talks a good game, but her voting record displays a serious lack of respect for individual rights.

fredwriter1961
1 month ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

She is no moderate and Stacy Abrams is no beauty queen,

Jeff Noncent
1 month ago

The right Republicans need to win this election everywhere

Lisa
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Noncent

From your lips to God’s ears!

jocko
1 month ago

DON’T WORRY, THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LYING, CHEATING libs WILL CHEAT ON THIS ELECTION, TOO

Beverly
1 month ago

I have a hard time understanding this world. In 2020’s election more than 50%of people voted for Biden. Now they are scrambling to find someone else? But still surveys show a lot still think dims will keep senate. If dims still keep power SAD SAD they deserve what ever comes

Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  Beverly

They may “deserve” it, but we don’t.

Michael
2 months ago

What these times have made me is skeptical. Are elections run with integrity and honesty? Close races are almost ripe for tampering, after all who would consider election fraud if it were only a few votes? There’s really no way to know.
Honest elections and politicians, is there such a thing anymore?

anna hubert
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

honest intentions at the beginning will turn into dishonesty in order to survive among cutthroats

Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  anna hubert

You are so right! Lifetime career politicians are a good example that corruption grows with tenure.

Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

You and anna need to recognize that the people elect these candidates. It’s the people who are the original fault in this problem.

Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

If all Republican leaning voters come out and vote , the DEMOCRATs won’t be able to cheat . If the DEMOCRATs do cheat with ALL Republican leaning voters coming out and voting , then there will be many more votes than voters . They’ll get caught . DEMOCRAT cheating depends on good people staying home and doing nothing on Election Day . The easiest way to keep elections honest , is for each and every one of us to get our butts to the polls and vote . And, if you legitimately cannot get to the polls to vote , than demand an absentee ballot . We can win this thing .

nate
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

The short answer is no. Research all the current and former D.C. insiders and staffers from both corrupt parties who have gone on to lucrative civilian “consulting” gigs at what essentially are shadow entities with stupid initials created for the sole purpose of selling out American interests, markets, and technology to the Chicoms. All done with fancy word salad under the guise of “we will all do better if we open China up to democracy.” Newsflash, China is not a democracy and is not a country that embraces individual freedom and God given liberty. The list of so called public servants is really just a list wealth seeking traitors!.

Letts Brandon
1 month ago
Reply to  nate

Newsflash Nate, we’re not a democracy either. We are a Republic. A democracy does not embrace individual freedom and God given liberty either. If this were still taught in school and more people knew the difference we would not be traveling down this slippery road to communism we are on. We also have no need to rewrite or amend the constitution, as a matter of fact a couple of the amendments should be removed, 16 and 17 come to mind. We need to start following the constitution we have and hold our representatives to it. Voting unconstitutionally is a vote out of office.

PaulE
2 months ago

I wish Yesli Vega the best of luck. Her chances would be greatly improved, if the congressional Republicans currently in Congress would just stop “walking across the aisle” to help the Democrats pass one massive spending bill after another, that enact more and more “progressive” policies to undermine this nation. Just a thought.

Linda Baker
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Cowards trying to appease the democrats, hoping to be part of the elite. Just chumps being used.

Rhonda
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Well said!

mark
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

As usual you are dead on and i totally agree ,, im from Va. but in Ga. now i watched as it changed to Dem. and went down hill and now im watching the same happen in Ga. we lost 2 senate seats to dems. and our Republican governor is fighting hard to hold on to his place in Nov,,, and i sure hope he can ,,, i sure hope people will start waking up soon ,, before its to late

BCC
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

COS!!!!!

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