Comstock evades Trumpcare blowback with another photo-op smokescreen

Comstock with potential donor Bruce Allen photo

Barbara Comstock ran away from Trumpcare this weekend, covering her escape with 12 happy photo-ops in just three days.

While anxious constituents flooded Congress with calls and tweets, Comstock issued a short press release, dove into her bunker, and deployed a dense photo-op smokescreen over the following three days.

None of her photo-ops addressed Trumpcare, the most important issue in the 115th Congress so far.

Comstock has voted repeatedly with GOP hardliners to advance Trumpcare and repeal Obamacare.  She got permission from GOP leadership to vote against the current bill  — after its passage was already assured — to avoid responsibility for her previous work on Trump’s signature program.

Constituents are doubly outraged that Comstock is playing politics with their healthcare, risking their families and financial futures for her own career.

Comstock’s votes have been strongly opposed by her constituents and advocacy groups like AARP and the American Medical Association.

Barbara’s biggest smile was reserved for a photo with Redskins General Manager and potential Comstock major donor Bruce Allen, and his wealthy brother, George.

Make a mental note.


Comstock Rejects Climate March with Photo-op Blizzard

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Barbara Comstock (R-VA10) staged eight new photo-ops over the weekend in a clever rebuttal of voter concerns about Trump’s climate change policies.

While thousands of marchers participated in hundreds of climate events over the weekend, Comstock tweeted pictures of herself attending:

  • a pancake breakfast
  • a community art festival
  • a very nice picnic
  • a local health fair
  • a cultural celebration
  • a local police station
  • a meeting with an elementary school student
  • a sports dinner

Comstock’s disdain for the environment has been well-documented by the League of Conservation Voters, which tabulates votes on climate and pollution-related legislation.  Her support for the Trump climate agenda has been unwavering.

She has refused to engage directly with unscripted voters despite increasing public pressure to hold a real town hall explaining her position on a wide range of issues.

Comstock has held 97 photo-ops in the 116 days since January 3, the start of the 115th Congress.

Make a mental note.  See also:

Rep. Barbara Comstock Fully Supports Trump’s Climate Agenda

climate change smokestacks

Silence is complicity.  Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA10) has evaded her constituents and avoided comment on climate change.  She has not addressed the issue in any known public forum and her website includes no information on the subject.  None of her 86 photo ops in the first 100 days have addressed climate change.  Despite ample opportunity, she has remained silent in face of Trump’s assault on science and his effort to revive the dying coal-fired power industry.

Rep. Comstock’s legislative record speaks even louder than her missing words. During Trump’s first 100 days, Comstock has already:

No one should be surprised by this except, perhaps, the editorial board of the Washington Post, which endorsed Comstock for re-election in 2016 on “a calculated hope” that she would mellow her hard-right ways.

The Post should have considered Comstock’s voting record. Based on her two terms in Congress, Rep. Comstock earned a 3% lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters.

Even the comical Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has earned a better rating than that.

Make a mental note.

Comstock’s First 100 Days


Barbara Comstock has been campaigning furiously during the first 100 days of the 115th Congress.  Here’s some of her greatest hits:

And, although Barbara Comstock is Chair of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology and has a big staff to manage her calendar, she totally missed the March for Science on April 22, 2017.  Maybe she was at lunch with KellyAnne, picking up a few new alternative facts.

Make a mental note.

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Your Ocean-View Room is Ready

Virginia beach after comstock

On 3/28/2017, Rep. Barbara Comstock co-sponsored a bill “to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct offshore oil and gas Lease Sale 220 as soon as practicable” near Virginia Beach and Ocean City.

Comstock has already accepted $153,000 in campaign donations from oil and gas interests.

That arrangement sort of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Take it Back, Please

Comstock and Conway copyThe Washington Post’s 2016 endorsement was a triumph for Barbara Comstock.  She is a self-described social conservative who, the Post claimed, was a better candidate for the moderate VA 10th District than Democrat LuAnn Bennett.

Why was she better?  Continue reading