Tina Freitas just made a big splash in Virginia politics.
Freitas launched an exploratory committee to consider a primary campaign against her sitting State Senator.
And as the wife of former Senate candidate and current Delegate Nick Freitas, all eyes are quickly shifting to this race.
If Freitas follows through and announces a campaign, she would be running head-to-head in a Republican Primary against State Senator Emmett Hanger.
The reason for her campaign, Freitas shared, is that Hanger’s values don’t line up with their conservative district.
“I strongly disagree with much of his voting record and his tendency to vote in line with the Democrat agenda on key issues.” Freitas stated.
Hanger is one of the Republicans that voted with the Democrat party to pass Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in 2018.
“Hanger even won an award last year alongside Governor Northam for his role in pushing through the expansion.” Richmond2Day reported.1
The expansion triggered an immediate outrage among Virginia conservatives.
If Freitas files, hers will be the third Republican campaign announced as a reaction to this vote.
The district is a safe red seat that usually swings 60-30 for the GOP.
That means whoever wins the Republican nomination will almost certainly win the General election.
And with the support of a former statewide candidate and sitting Delegate, Freitas will likely create a competitive race.
During her launch statement, Freitas let on to a piece of her campaign theme.
She accuses Hanger of being ashamed of conservative values, and explains that her views more closely align with the district.
“[Hanger] was the vote that killed Constitutional Carry and he spent the past several years pushing for Medicaid expansion, finally ramming it through last session in a budget which sent two million dollars to Planned Parenthood. This is not reflective of our respect for human life, or our defense of Constitutional Rights here in the 24th.”
Freitas also addressed the recent abortion comments from Governor Northam.
“Democrats have been putting forth legislation that has concerned, sickened and even horrified Virginians. We must respond with an actual plan that demonstrates the contrast and clear choice between our vision for Virginia and that of the ‘new left’.“
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