One of the GOP’s top “attack dogs” can’t handle even simple questions on the campaign trail.
Here’s Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-VA) fleeing a debate with Fairfax County supervisor Democrat John Foust after she compared immigrants to FedEx packages. No, seriously.
Local News Channel 8 caught it on tape as a reporter who was a colleague of the moderator’s tried repeatedly to ask a question, like the press is supposed to do. Comstock refused to answer and left her campaign manager to issue stern warnings that the reporter had been given her business card, so shut up please.
The reporter explained on Channel 8, “My first question was just, ‘How do you think this went?’ A softball question –” His second question was about reproductive health, another issue Republicans can’t talk about if they want to get elected. Hence the fleeing.
The reporter continued, “I want to underscore the fact that she did not get the last word in that debate, and as a journalist it’s our obligation to give candidates for public office a chance to reply –” The anchorman cuts him off, “That’s a good point, you’re kind of giving her the last word.”
Apparently Comstock thought it unwise to speak about the issues.
Here’s the part where Comstock compared immigrants to FedEx packages:
Comstock offered her wisdom on immigration reform in the debate, “FedEx contract packages coming in here all the time. We can track people who are coming into the country and we can do that right.”
Here she is fleeing:
If you’re the type who falls in love with the back of someone’s head, you’re going to love this crop of Republican candidates.
Comstock was an opposition researcher for the national GOP, and was behind the charge to impeach former President Bill Clinton. She’s not exactly a moderate Republican or someone who focuses on getting things done, unless those things involving destroying a Democrat, ala Darrell Issa.
Comstock loved scandal mongering when it was aimed at Bill Clinton, telling the Atlantic in 2004 (per Talking Points Memo ) “A campaign is a lot like a trial. You want people aggressively arguing their case.”
Instead of aggressively arguing her case, Comstock has taken to fleeing the press.
Comstock is running for Congress in Virginia’s 10th district. After the brown shirt tactics of the Tea Party Republicans in 2010, this is becoming all too common. The cowards flee from the 4th estate while proclaiming their love for the Constitution and misguidedly criticizing President Obama with it. It’s almost surreal in its ridiculousness.
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