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Thursday, Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat running in the 7th District race for the chance to face Republican Rep. Dave Brat, stopped by the studio.
Abigail Spanberger, who served in the CIA for eight years and is one of the top Democratic candidates for her primary race in Virginia’s 7th District, said she finds the political climate “stunning.”
“I find it incredibly detrimental to our long-term stability and security that the President would actively work to undermine the credibility of our intelligence community and our law enforcement community.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Dave Brat’s opponent in VA-07, Abigail Spanberger, outraised him by nearly $100,000.
Abigail Spanberger announced Tuesday that she has pulled in $338,000 since the beginning of the year, bringing her fundraising total to over $700,000 and leaving her with $475,000 in the bank a couple months out from her June 12 primary race
Ominous signs include Republican Ed Gillespie capturing only 51 percent of the district in the 2017 gubernatorial race. And Democrats for the first time since 1961 carried Chesterfield County, a large chunk of the district where demographic shifts have pushed the electorate leftward.
Spanberger, 38, a Democrat, is looking to unseat Rep. Dave Brat, a Republican and member of the Freedom Caucus. She had spent months exploring a potential run, but Brat’s vote to repeal Obamacare last May pushed her over the edge, even if it meant she’d have to talk publicly about a part of her life she’d shared only with her husband, parents, and sisters. “I knew that once those three letters, CIA, came out of my mouth, I could never go back.”
Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA agent running for the nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia, has picked up a key endorsement from Emily’s List, the advocacy group that backs female candidates who support abortion rights.
“People say we just need decency, and Trump doesn’t represent decency,” she said of the people she has met at house parties in the district. “So many of us are running because we believe that. Though it will not be easy to change the culture of Washington, just changing the tenor will positively impact the conversations.”
Abigail Spanberger joined MSNBC‘s Katy Tur to discuss why she’s running for Congress. “What I’d like to bring to Washington is leadership that listens to the people in their districts and provides representation to the constituents back home.”
Weeks later, Spanberger recalls, she heard something unusual on her baby monitor. Her 2-year-old was chanting, “Love not hate makes America great!” from her crib.
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“I’m not running against Trump, I’m running to represent this district.” – Abigail Spanberger
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“A very traditional liberal Democrat might have trouble in that district,” he said. “I think Spanberger has shown the capacity to gain the support of liberal Democrats, while at the same time maintaining the potential to cross over to independents and moderate Republicans. And that’s going to make it a fascinating race. She has a shot to be competitive.”
Abigail Spanberger joined MSNBC‘s Thomas Roberts to discuss the new bipartisan health care bill led by the Senate.
Abigail Spanberger spent eight years as an operations officer for the CIA, recruiting and developing spies, with a focus on counterterrorism. Before joining the agency, she worked in law enforcement for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service — targeting drug dealers and money laundering. In 2014, Spanberger left the agency and moved home to the Richmond suburb of Glen Allen, near where she and her husband grew up, to raise their three kids. The 38-year-old is now challenging Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), the Freedom Caucus leader who toppled then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a 2014 primary.
“There is a lot of concern among people living in our district about where we find ourselves on the international stage,” Spanberger said in an interview. “I believe very firmly that the United States of America is the world’s superpower, and we have a responsibility to be a stabilizing force.”
“From my perspective, if you’re elected to represent the people, you should represent the people, not just the ones who voted for you,” said Spanberger, Brat’s potential Democratic opponent.
When Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) complained months ago that female constituents pressuring him to hold a town hall were “in my grill no matter where I go,” he didn’t know how prescient those words were.
Don’t call it piling on, but five women and one man are vying for the Democratic nomination in next year’s primary to challenge U.S. Rep Dave Brat, the tea party-backed conservative in the 7th District who supports President Trump’s policies. The latest contender is Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA operations officer who now lives in Henrico County.
Elle recently profiled Abigail and detailed the current political climate surrounding Dave Brat’s seat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.