Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), who faces multiple challengers from Democrats who see her as vulnerable in 2018, now faces a primary challenge from the right.
Decorated Air Force combat veteran Shak Hill has announced he will run against Comstock.
“Washington continues to break promises, promises made yet broken, especially by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, who has voted on key issues more like a Democrat than like a Republican,” Hill said in a video announcing his candidacy.
In announcing, he focused particular attention on the House of Representatives vote for the American Health Care Act, an attempt to roll back the Medicaid expansion and many of the protections under President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. Comstock was an eleventh-hour no vote on that bill.
“My goals on healthcare reform are to provide patient-centered reforms that provide better access to high quality, affordable care and covers preexisting conditions without lifetime limits,” Comstock stated. “I did not support the AHCA today because the many uncertainties in achieving those goals.” House Republicans called a vote on the ACHA before the Congressional Budget Office released calculations of its impact on insurance rates and costs.
In his video, Hill aligned himself with President Donald J. Trump.
“I agree with the president on his conservative initiatives, and Barbara has been a major obstacle, and quite frankly an embarrassing distraction,” Hill said. “I will help move the president’s agenda forward.”
Hill graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, served in the Air Force, and worked as a Certified Financial Planner. He is now publisher of Guiding Light Books, LLC and owner of Guiding Light University, LLC.
According to his website, his agenda includes replacing the Affordable Care Act; controlling spending and reducing the national debt; restricting access to abortion; and defending the right to bear arms.
Hill previously made an unsuccessful bid to run against U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) in 2014. Hill’s campaign for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in 2014 to was cut short by a vote by acclamation for Ed Gillespie, who is now the Republican candidate for governor. Gillespie narrowly lost to Warner in the 2014 election.
Although she narrowly lost Loudoun in the 2016 election, across the 10th District Comstock beat Democrat Luann Bennett by nearly six points. But the 10th also heavily favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, voting for the Democrat by nearly 10 points. Loudoun voted for Clinton by nearly 17 points. Democrats have targeted Comstock as a vulnerable seat in the House of Representatives.
So far, according to the Federal Elections Commission, eight people are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Comstock: Kimberly Adams, Alison Friedman, David Bruce Hanson, Dan Helmer, Julien Modica, Deep Sran, Lindsey Davis Stover, and state Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-33). A ninth, Michael Pomerleano, has filed paperwork with the FEC organizing his campaign committee.
This article was updated at 6:37 p.m. to correct the omission of Michael Pomerleano.