Cao Outlines Campaign Issues, Eyes Education, Infrastructure

Retired Navy captain and Purcellville resident Hung Cao on Saturday won the Republican Party nod to run against Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) for the 10th Congressional District seat in November.

Cao won by an 18-point margin on a ranked-choice distributed caucus ballot from among 11 candidates. The victory came in the ninth round of balloting, when he achieved 52.8% of the 15,174 votes cast. Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson finished second followed by Brandon Michon. 

Cao said he wasn’t surprised by his win, but was taken aback by his victory margin.

Cao, a combat veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, who was a child when his family fled Vietnam as refugees, blames the progressive caucus for illegal immigration, inflation and supply chain issues. He called education the “final straw.”

“We shouldn’t have been pushing CRT and mask mandates. Kids are being kicked out of school because they’re not wearing masks, back a few years ago if a kid misses more than 10 days of school it’s called truancy. But now you’ll kick a kid out of school because they came close to somebody who had COVID,” he said. “It’s really taken a wrong turn where the federal government has overreach. So what I want to do in Congress is make sure there’s not overreach.”

While mask mandates in Loudoun schools were dropped months ago following a judge’s order, Cao said seeing other states returning to COVID mitigation protocols worries him. He cites funding for new ventilation as a wiser measure for mitigation.

While investigations and prosecutions following the January 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol cast a heavy cloud over most of Washington, he said what concerns him most is that perpetrators who left explosive devices outside of the DNC and RNC headquarters the day before are still at large.

Cao also nodded toward the long-debunked conspiracy theories that fueled that day’s attack on the seat of American democracy.

“It’s very hard to understand how a person who hid in their basement the entire time got more votes than Barack Obama. It’s just very hard for me to understand that,” Cao said. “You’re telling me you’re too scared for your life to have somebody certify an absentee ballot? There’s definitely a lot of anomalies and a lot of rules that were not followed.”

Despite multiple lawsuits and investigations there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

As Democrats raise their voices for gun control in response to the 198 mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year, Cao falls in line with the stance of many GOP officials.

“Gun control has never stopped anyone. Most people get bludgeoned to death and stabbed to death then they get shot. I mean it’s a tragedy, it’s an absolute tragedy. But if it’s not guns, it’s going to be with pipe bombs, or knives or hammers,” he said. “It’s just evil. There’s a lot of evil in the world, and we’re not going to stop it with gun control.”

According to the CDC, in 2020, 79% of murders were carried out with firearms.

As for infrastructure, Cao said not enough focus is being devoted to roads or broadband.

“A lot of the bill handles charging stations for the electric vehicles that not many of us own. It goes to Critical Race Theory issues,” he said. “We need to make progress there. Especially down in Rappahannock, those poor guys, you can’t even get cellphone service down there.”

Rappahannock County is the southernmost portion of the new 10th district, which was redrawn after the 2020 Census. Instead of reaching east and west, the district now reaches from Loudoun south through Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, Manassas, Manassas Park, much of Prince William County and a part of southwestern Fairfax County.

Following Cao’s nomination, Wexton released a statement, doubling down on her track record on infrastructure and post-pandemic economic recovery.

“I’ve fought hard during my time in Congress to help families and small businesses weather the COVID crisis, enact legislation to create good-paying jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, deliver key federal investments for our district through my role on the Appropriations Committee, author bills to support victims of abuse and domestic violence, and hold the Chinese government accountable for their human rights atrocities,” she shared.

5 thoughts on “Cao Outlines Campaign Issues, Eyes Education, Infrastructure

  • 2022-05-25 at 6:55 am
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    Let’s see, he checks the box on “election truther” and thinks current gun policy in America is just fine, denies the science of viral infections and has no ideas at all on improving the way government works for the citizens of the district. A very fine GOP candidate if you ask me. We’ll have a stark choice in November which is good.

    • 2022-05-25 at 9:16 am
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      You’re correct, the choice will be simple:
      Either continue with Nancy Pelosi’s puppy dog, who’s votes have brought us the brink of a recession and has absolutely crushed all American families with out-of-control inflation OR go with a candidate who supports fundamental rights for Americans and has an outstanding record of serving this nation.

      I have to wonder if Wexton (D) could even locate her district on a map. Unless there’s a photo-op, she’s nowhere to be seen.

      Virginia is done with this crazy Left wing experiment.

    • 2022-05-25 at 11:14 am
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      Let’s see, Wexton checks the only box required of a leftist/democrat: Do as you’re told, when you’re told and how you’re told!

      An opinion piece presented as a news article. LN is way better than this.

  • 2022-05-25 at 9:32 am
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    It’s wonderful that Hung Cao served our country valiantly as a Navy captain. But his politics are out of step with the majority of Loudouners. How can you be against sensible gun-control laws after Tuesday’s massacre in Texas? Moreover, Mr. Cao holds alarming beliefs about January 6, putative voter fraud & CRT. I’m confident Rep. Jennifer Wexton will prevail in November. Long Live Loudoun Blue!

  • 2022-05-25 at 10:41 am
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    Let’s take a minute to look at education facility safety without any political rhetoric about who can buy a gun or whether guns are the problem:
    1. CAN THE SHERIFF DO BETTER? Why don’t County Sheriffs guarantee response time to each school in their county assuming there are no emergencies elsewhere in their county? Are deputies instructed to drive or park near schools when they traverse their county to minimize response times? Does the high school SRO (who is responsible for lower level schools in his/her district) participate in elementary school shooter exercises? Are all camera views seen by anyone live in the Sheriff’s universe or just a sampling of a couple without any advanced tech methods to set up an alert for certain images?
    2 CAN OUR SCHOOLS DO MORE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES? While I was on the school board we installed hot buttons in all schools. They were land line based instead of wireless and not accessible from any staff phone anywhere on the school grounds. Does LCPS still expel students without any attention to their mental state afterwards or whether their families have guns accessible to them?
    3 CAN GUNS BE MADE SAFER TO AVOID SCHOOL SHOOTINGS? We can drive 40 miles an hour past a toll booth and get our payment registered yet apparently we can’t figure out how to install a similar RFID chip into a semi-automatic weapon capable of killing many people in seconds. If the
    registration of a gun at purchase is for home protection why shouldn’t an alert occur if that weapon is somehow on a school property regardless if the owner (VT shooter) has it or someone is using it as the Newtown shooter did?
    Let’s stop the partisan nonsense talking points and seriously challenge ourselves to FIX THIS!

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