RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Representative Liz Cheney crossed the political aisle again this election year and backed a Democratic ally in a competitive House race, backing former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger on Saturday as she seeks a fresh third term. Looking for District in Northern Virginia.
Cheney, the deputy chairman of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot and a harsh critic of former President Donald Trump, who lost to a Trump-backed challenger in his Wyoming primary in August, said in a statement that Spanberger was focused on finding solutions. And “dedicated” to serving this country and its constituents and protecting our Constitution. ,
The GOP’s candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which is centered around the Interstate 95 corridor in outer Washington and rural communities to the east and west, is Yesley Vega, a county official and former police officer who Trump recently endorsed.
In a statement carried by Spanberger’s campaign, Cheney said that Vega is “promoting conspiracy theories, denying election results with which it disagrees, and defending the uncertain.” Cheney said: “We need our elected leaders to be honest, serious and responsible, which is why I would urge voters in Virginia’s 7th District to support Abigail Spanberger.”
During her primary campaign, Vega said she believed there was evidence that “indicates there was interference in the 2020 election.” But she said she didn’t believe the election had been stolen. Vega has faced frequent criticism over comments from Spanberger and other Democrats – not specifically mentioned in support of Cheney – including Vega’s notion that rape cases may reduce the chance of pregnancy. .
Spanberger, a centrist, said that Cheney “understands that my work for Virginia is based on the principle of always putting our country first – over the party -“.
Vega’s campaign responded by saying that Virginians do not trust Cheney’s or Spanberger’s “lies” and “know that Yeasley is going to Washington to fight for them, not a political party.”
In October, Cheney endorsed Representative Alyssa Slotkin of Michigan, the first time Cheney had formally endorsed a Democrat. She also recently went to Michigan to campaign with Slotkin.
On Saturday, Cheney did not specifically endorse Virginia Representative Elaine Luria, a fellow member of the January 6 committee, and another centrist Democrat in a tough race. In Virginia’s Coastal 2 Congressional District, Luria will face Sen. Jane Keegans of the state.
A spokesman for Luria, Jesse Janko, would only say that there are no current plans for Cheney to join the race. Cheney’s spokesman Jeremy Adler declined to comment beyond a written statement.
Cheney, who lost her GOP primary to a Trump-backed challenger in August, has previously said she is considering a 2024 presidential campaign, which is also expected to pay the former president.
There is no evidence of widespread fraud, fraud or rigging of voting machines in the 2020 election. Extensive review by Trump in disputed states upheld Democrat Joe Biden’s victory, and legal challenges pursued by the former president and his aides were dismissed by several judges, including Republican-appointed judges.
Cheney’s endorsement of Spanberger was first reported by The Washington Post.