Margi Vanderhye, a state delegate representing the northern edge of Fairfax County, Virginia, is in a tight race with Barbara Comstock, who has a reputation as a street fighter in GOP. Her party, of course, for many years used abortion to win races. As that tactic isn’t working anymore for them – but is for pro-choice candidates, the GOP is shameless being hypocritical. Here is the opening of a letter to the editor of a Fairfax weekly paper.
Since Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-34) has decided to make the divisive issue of abortion a major part of her campaign instead of focusing on jobs, transportation and education, I would like to address this diversionary tactic.
GOP lemmings probably don’t even recognize the irony. Listen to how sympathetic GOPers now are about abortion.
Barbara understands that there are good people on both sides of this difficult issue and that there are many more issues that we agree on than disagree. She has always worked with men and women on both sides of this issue with mutual respect and she has the strong support of men and women on both sides of this issue because she has a record of producing results on kitchen table issues that matter to our district.
I’m getting all choked up about this “difficult issue.”
The issues that get addressed in the state legislature are those such as limiting taxpayer funds for abortion, providing parental involvement in the decision of a young girl to have an abortion or health and safety regulations to protect women. There already exists in Virginia a bipartisan consensus on these issues and it would be a waste of our legislature’s time to do what Del. Vanderhye wants to do, reopen these divisive social issue debates when there are so many other important issues we need to address for our community.
In other words, don’t undo all the restrictions Virginia Republicans put on abortions over the years.
They say this stuff with a straight face.