Trump-supporting Gulf War veteran Shak Hill is challenging Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in the 2018 Republican primary for Virginia’s 10th District congressional seat.
“There are a huge number of people desperately disappointed with Barbara. She is a creature of the swamp,” Hill told Big League Politics in an exclusive interview. Hill has filed the official paperwork and there will be a formal announcement next week. He announced his entry into the race privately at Thursday night’s Loudon County GOP dinner.
Hill, who previously served as a city councilor and challenged Ed Gillespie for the Senate, is not happy that Comstock’s political career is bankrolled to a large extent by neoconservative Establishment power broker Paul Singer, the hedge fund mogul.
“Barbara ran as a conservative replacement to longtime Republican Frank Wolf. She used her own words on the Mark Levin Show that she was a Reaganite. Now Mark Levin has railed on her because she is voting like a drunken Democrat. She has sold her voting card to the establishment and it’s clear she’s not representing the people,” Hill said.
“She said she was going to vote to repeal Obamacare, back when everybody knew that Obama was going to veto (any repeal attempt). This year when the vote came up in the House she voted with every single Democrat to oppose the repeal of Obamacare.”
“The military is designed to break things and kill people. I have two boys in the United States Army, enlisted men to serve our country and to protect their way of life. Three days ago my son received orders to go to Afghanistan. Instead of utilizing the limited resources available to the Department of Defense to buy more kevlar vests and armored vehicles, Barbara voted with every single Democrat to allow elective surgeries for those who are not stable in their own gender identity,” Hill said.
“I flew in Desert Storm One. I slept on a cot on the desert floor. My brother Chris was in the disputed territory between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and he slept on the desert. Mission readiness and cohesion and knowing that you have each other’s back is the most important thing,” Hill said. “My wife is a very healthy cancer survivor. Through the course of her surgeries that we had through the military there was a need to have a plastic surgeon to repair skin in her left leg. That was denied. Plastic surgery is not covered by the Tricare system. Well, transgender surgery is 100 percent elective.”
“We can go to the omnibus bill, to the fact that she isn’t supporting President Trump on anything. She publicly returned his campaign donation. She has a knee-jerk reaction against the President. On a lot of policy decisions if you’re anti-Trump you’re anti-American.”
“At the Loudon County meeting last night I had a third of the room whisper to me that they’re all in,” Hill said. “There are people who want to see the success and abandon the politics of Comstock. They are searching for somebody who believes in liberty and American exceptionalism. They are hoping that they’ve found that with me. They have.”
“We have a finance committee that is already shaping up. We have national conservative attention watching our race and have expressed interest in our race in the last 48 hours and we haven’t even announced.”
“I’m a reluctant politician. I think the people of America want representatives to be real. I think they used to think you have to have some experience in Washington. This was the prevailing thought. We accepted politics as usual. Trump has showed us that it is anything but. The people want REAL representation.”
Hill, who grew up “solid lower middle-class,” and his wife were foster parents for 16 years beginning in 1997 and fostered 46 children of different races.
“We can cut through this Democrat crap, oh you’re a rich white guy and you hate the blacks. No. cut it out, just cut it out,” Hill said.
Hill is not impressed by the opposition research that Comstock’s team, he claims, is digging up on him.
“Barbara is throwing mud that I have a Senate campaign debt. This is true, but it’s my personal debt that I put into the campaign because I paid everyone else off. I have no outstanding debts from the general public,” Hill said.
“The struggle of the human race is power against individual liberty. We know in 1776 that the King represented power. That’s the way the world worked back then, it was a king, it was a potentate. Our founders realized the genius of the American individual. Today we have the same exact struggle, power versus individual liberty. We don’t have delineated tug of war ropes, it’s not Republican vs. Democrat. It’s power versus individual liberty. Barbara has sold her vote in Congress for power.”
Comstock’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
He Found His Spine: Vulnerable Senator Cory Gardner Vows to Support Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee
Gardner found his backbone.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has often been at odds with the Trump movement, being a favorite of the GOP establishment’s Senate Leadership Fund.
This is why his recent declaration that he will be supporting President Donald Trump’s choice to succeed the deceased Ruth Bader Ginsburg is so surprising. He made the announcement in a Twitter post on Monday.
“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent,” Gardner said in his official statement.
“I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect the Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm,” he added.
The official statement can be seen here:
Read my full statement on the Supreme Court vacancy ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/n2YNP8O0Bz
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) September 21, 2020
The president’s pick for the Supreme Court will certainly fit Gardner’s criteria. Trump has announced that he will be appointing a woman to the bench.
One top contender – Amy Comey Barrett – recently made a trip to the White House, as Big League Politics has reported:
Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House on Monday, as President Donald Trump zeroes in on selecting a nominee to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court.
Barrett is reportedly a front-runner for the judicial nomination. She’s a generally conservative judge, with a staunch pro-life record. Her track record on immigration law issues is generally conservative.
Barrett currently serves as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has advised President Trump that she is his preferred candidate for the seat on the court.
President Trump had confirmed that he plans to nominate a woman to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday.
Democrats have launched a full-fledged fit urging President Trump to give them a break and decline to nominate a conservative justice, but they won’t be so lucky. Republican Senators and President Trump have rallied around the notion of appointing a justice before the November election, fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities.
Trump confirmed that he would be revealing the identity of his judicial nominee on Friday or Saturday, taking a few extra days to vet candidates. Florida Judge Barbara Lagoa is reportedly another candidate being considered for the nomination.
It’ll be inherently harder for incensed, power-thirsty Democrats to attack a female judicial candidate. Maybe they’ll alienate swing female voters through waging a scorched earth campaign to block the confirmation of Barrett, who is a mother of seven.
The Republicans have a great opportunity to score a major political victory and really stick it to the extreme Left with this expedited SCOTUS confirmation. The fact that a moderate like Gardner is on board is a great sign that the confirmation is likely to occur before November’s election.
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