Friday, 18 Jan 2019

The Republican who once overthrew Cantor ran timidly this time in the 7th district of Va.

Representative Dave Brat (R-Va.), Who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the Republican primary in 2014, lost his bid for re-election this year. (Timothy C. Wright / For The Washington Post) RICHMOND – Dave Brat shattered on the national scene four years ago as a giant killer. He takes out a mouse. In 2014, as a little-known economics professor, Brat hired and overthrew House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, provoking a tremendous surprise from the GOP that foreshadowed the rise of populism and Donald Trump. But this year, in the face of suburban frenzy unleashed by Trump's presidency, the congressman seemed fearful. After Democrat protesters shouted at two public meetings last year, Brat held well-scheduled public appearances. Campaign events were mostly closed to the media and announced after the fact; his last announcement on Facebook in July. Brat ran a business roundtable in Richmond with Vice President Pence at the end of October, banning the press and the public. He has withdrawn from a second debate with political newcomer Abigail Spanberger, his Democratic challenger.
Dave Brat's supporters watch the results on election day in Richmond. Brat did not appear that night. (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images) Brat, who lost Tuesday in Spanberger the 7th electoral district of Virginia by a margin of 50% to 48%, did not even appear at his election night.

Supporters applaud as Democrat Abigail Spanberger declares his victory over Dave Brat during the election night in Richmond. (Michael Reynolds / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock) The returns seem gloomy, but the voting problems in Chesterfield County suggest a hint of uncertainty, he returned to a help from Brat to thank the volunteers gathered in a ballroom Hilton and tell them that they should wait Wednesday for the result. "He seemed to be almost scared of part of the electorate," said Bob Holsworth, Virginia's veteran political observer. "Donald Trump is not worried about the protesters, Barack Obama or these people. It's part of democracy and you can use that to your advantage. "[[[[
In the district of Va, which is a polarized America in miniature, Spanberger and Brat reach out to both sides]The Brat campaign did not respond to a request for comment. His reluctance during the election campaign seemed out of place for some former colleagues at Randolph-Macon College who would remember to have it mixed aggressively on the basketball court and at meetings. faculty. "He likes intellectual confrontation – and I say that," said Charles Gowan, a biology professor at Randolph-Macon and a friend. Brat's approach was doubly confusing as he had been able to handle hostile crowds from time to time. After 90 minutes of heckling, screaming and mocking laughter at a public meeting in May 2017, Brat remained calm and friendly. He made a playful reference to "Brat Bingo," a critically-crafted game that incorporated some of his buzzwords ("ka-boom") and well-used discussion topics (like the fact that he is an economist).
Brat voters play at "Brat Bingo" during a lively meeting in Blackstone, Virginia, in February 2017. He then organized a few similar events. (Steve Helber / AP) "Very good," he told the crowd, "I'm going to give you Bingo: be an economist – I love pleasure. I would like this to be just fun. He has never won this crowd, but he has never stopped trying. And he turned the episode into what was perhaps his best TV commercial of the campaign. This showed him trying to engage the audience – including Spanberger, visible in the front row – with a series of questions. "How many people want a tax increase to fund more programs?" Spanberger nods, yes. Reductions in the corporate tax rate? She is a no. More federal regulation? She is a yes. It was a potentially powerful argument for voters moving to the suburbs, provoked more by wallet problems than by heated political rhetoric. But this message has been drowned by more memorable – and less credible – attack lines from his campaign and independent groups. Brat closed the race falsely claiming that Spanberger had supported the extensive Medicare-for-all plan proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). And a political action committee lined up with Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) Aired television ads suggesting that Spanberger – a former CIA agent – had helped terrorists.[[[[
Virginia legislator promises "honest truth" in misleading ad]The CAP announcements were based on Spanberger, a substitute teacher, who was employed in 2003 at a Saudi-funded school in northern Virginia. A few years later, the school sparked controversy and the nickname "Terror High" because some students joined Al Qaeda after graduating. The idea that Spanberger was somehow promoting terrorism while teaching "Hamlet" and "Jane Eyre" seemed self-evident as the CIA – fully informed of the teaching work – engaged it. granted her very secret security clearance and sent her abroad illegally. agent fighting terrorism. "The 7th District is reminiscent of those other suburban districts that are professional in nature and have many high-income, dual-earning families looking for a brighter future," he said. Cantor in a brief interview Thursday. "The problems they face in their daily lives are those for which they have not necessarily heard of our party."
Representative Dave Brat shakes hands with Democrat who beat him, Abigail Spanberger, after their only debate Oct. 15 in Culpeper, Virginia Brat has withdrawn from a second debate. (Steve Helber / AP) While Trump criticized Republicans in some suburban neighborhoods, Brat had fans who appreciated the fact that he sometimes resisted the leadership of his own party as a member of the conservative group Freedom Caucus. Mark Ludovico, a retired Marine Commandant from Henrico County, knocked on about 800 doors this year with his 16-year-old son, Daniel. "We think he's an honest man," Ludovico said, sounding melancholy during Brat's election night, as Spanberger began to take the lead. "He's connected with us. Whatever it is, he has done good to our country. At the beginning of this year's campaign, grassroots activists painted small rocks with slogans favorable to Brat, such as: "You are the only special interest of MP Brat's MP. ". parks and hiking trails around the district, in the hope that voters who meet them would appreciate this playful appeal. The intransigent Republican strategists saw in this gesture a colossal loss of time. "What the campaigners said is," Wow, do you have volunteers painting rocks? It's stupid, "said a strategist who requested anonymity not to offend Brat's supporters. But the activists, who rejected the professional class that had mocked Brat's bid against Cantor, continued to paint and produce pebbles. Brat had another help that may have missed the target, or even turned against him. The "Terror High" ad appeared suspicious, as Ryan's PAC had discovered the Spanberger Substitute Teacher position through his highly confidential security clearance request. The US Postal Inspection Service, for which it also worked in the area of ​​law enforcement, stated that it had published the document in error. Less than a week before the election, Spanberger's campaign found that Project Veritas, a conservative group producing "stinging videos," had infiltrated his campaign with someone who volunteered. The group failed to capture the "trap" moments by publishing two videos "revealing" publicly available information. Brat's campaign said she had no knowledge of the project. But more than a week before the ousting of the mole, a Republican party official had repeatedly tweeted that the Veritas Project had created a spy in the Spanberger team. The official said that he had just made a
A chance that the group, which targeted mid-term Democrats all over the country, goes to Spanberger. [Democrat says Project Veritas infiltrated her campaign in Va.’s tight 7th District] Stephen K. Bannon, the former chief strategist of the president, was forced to resign last year after he encouraged and amplified the president's rhetoric about the deadly demonstration of white supremacy in Charlottesville. [Former Trump strategist Bannon to appear for Rep. Brat in polarized Va. district] Bannon made an appearance at Culpeper in the hope of convincing Trump's supporters of Brat. The visit was not coordinated with the campaign and Bannon's appearance was widely perceived as a negative element for Brat in an extremely polarized suburban and rural district. Brat did not attend. .

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