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Freitas, McGuire, Ramirez Launch Challenges To Radical Leftist Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger

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In what may be the first step in recapturing the Old Dominion for conservatives, principled limited government constitutional conservatives Nick Freitas, John McGuire and Tina Ramirez have announced they are running for the Republican nomination to take on Far-Left Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Del. Freitas quickly garnered the endorsement of our friends at The Club for Growth PAC. No sooner had Freitas announced than Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh issued the following statement:

Nick Freitas is a principled, pro-growth conservative and well positioned to win the Republican primary and beat the liberal Pelosi loyalist, Rep. Abigail Spanberger,” said McIntosh. “Despite claiming to be independent on the campaign trail, Spanberger voted with Nancy Pelosi and the emerging socialist wing of the Democratic party once she got into office, not a good fit for a district that President Trump won by more than 6%.

This summer, Club for Growth released an analysis of the voting records of newly elected Democrat members of the House of Representatives in districts that were previously held by Republicans. Rep. Spanberger has voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi 92.86% of the time and with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 89.23% of the time.

Freitas’s entry into the race means that two special forces soldiers in Virginia are competing against each other for the Republican nomination in a deeply split congressional district. John McGuire, a former Navy SEAL who is also a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, announced his congressional bid last month.

Both men have criticized Spanberger, a former CIA officer, for backing the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

“We believe the district is more conservative than how it is being represented,” Freitas said in an interview with Melhor Leonor of the Richmond Times Dispatch. “We believe I have the best opportunity to change our representation in the district.”

In a four-minute video announcing his 2020 run, titled “Service,” Freitas pitches himself as a veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces with tours in Iraq, a father of three who married his high school sweetheart, and the son of a young college student who opted not to terminate her unexpected pregnancy.

Ms. Leonor reports Freitas is seen as a staunch member of the GOP’s libertarian arm and as a robust fundraiser from like-minded conservatives. He attracted the single-largest contribution in any contest for the House of Delegates — $500,000 from top GOP donor Richard Uihlein of Illinois, founder of a packing supply company.

After sizable losses for Republicans in Virginia — for statewide offices, legislative seats and in congressional districts, including Spanberger’s — Freitas said he plans to run on a liberty-forward platform to minimize the influence of the federal government on citizens’ lives.

“We do a much better job when we allow free people to make decisions, maximizing individual opportunity. When we keep the focus on that, protect property rights, civil liberties, and let citizens make their own decisions for their lives,” Freitas said according to reporting by Ms. Leonor.

“That’s a message that resonates with people.”

Freitas joins a Republican field that includes Del. John McGuire, R-Goochland, a former Navy SEAL; and Chesterfield County resident Tina Ramirez, the president of a nonprofit that promotes religious freedom in other countries. Republicans in the 7th District will pick their nominee in a convention next year.

Patrick Wilson of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Del. John McGuire called himself an “unapologetic conservative” in a statement announcing his candidacy and said Spanberger votes with a “radical” Democratic agenda in Washington.

McGuire, a former Navy SEAL, was elected to the legislature in 2017 and re-elected last month in a safe Republican seat that includes Louisa County and parts of Goochland, Henrico and Spotsylvania counties.

“I was born in this district, raised in this district, and raised my family in this district. My 10 years-service as a Navy SEAL taught me that everyone has value and we can achieve amazing results when we put our country first and do what we say we are going to do,” McGuire said in the statement.

“Central Virginia did not sign up to be part of Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s vision for America — an America that would be unrecognizable in just a few short years. But that’s [what] we got in Abigail Spanberger. A reliable vote for the radical agenda of Washington Democrats.”

Delegates Nick Freitas and John McGuire are both good men, good candidates and solid conservatives, we look forward to hearing more from them and from Tina Ramirez, a dynamic young Chesterfield County resident, who is the president of a nonprofit that promotes religious freedom in other countries, and is also in the race. With these three solid candidates in the race no matter who receives the nod at the Convention, it looks like Virginia Republicans will be represented in the General Election by strong limited government constitutional conservative.

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