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.
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: https://mentalnotesite.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/rep-barbara-comstock-fully-supports-trumps-climate-agenda/
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.
Barbara Comstock has been campaigning furiously during the first 100 days of the 115th Congress. Here’s some of her greatest hits:
- Issued 43 press releases and staged 86 photo ops
- Took $56,457 from communications industry lobbyists and then voted for SJ Res 34, which strips away your internet privacy protections
- Refused to force release of Trump’s tax returns (by withholding her support for a bipartisan discharge petition in the House)
- Took $135,000 from oil & gas lobbyists and then co-sponsored HR 1756, which forces Interior to conduct offshore leasing near Virginia Beach, threatening the $1.4 billion local tourism industry and thousands of jobs
- Stated on camera that “a lot of Democrats” don’t believe Russia is an enemy of the United States
- Maintained a 100% pro-Trump voting record in Congress, despite the Washington Post’s “calculated hope” that she would not wage “partisan warfare”
- Went on a congressional junket to Egypt for a photo-op with some refugees, while supporting Trump’s Muslim ban at home and leaving her district for an entire congressional Easter recess to avoid meeting her constituents except in carefully staged circumstances
- Co-sponsored HR 321, the vapid and hollow INSPIRE Women Act, which diverts attention from her anti-Planned Parenthood stance by urging NASA to spend money encouraging STEM careers for girls and young women, all while Trump plans to slash the science budget
- Voted for HJ Res. 69, which allows hunters to shoot baby bears and wolf cubs in their dens and allows use of steel jaw leg-hold traps, thereby overturning US Fish and Wildlife Service regulations against these practices
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.
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 $135,000 in campaign donations from oil and gas interests.
That arrangement sort of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
The 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
The Washington Post reports that Comstock’s spokesman refused to specify her whereabouts, citing security concerns.
An energized voter in Virginia’s 10th District speculates these “security concerns” may actually be related to voter demands for a hall meeting.