Cheney Backs Another Democrat

Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia will defend the Constitution, Republican says
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2022 3:20 PM CST
Cheney Backs Another Democrat
Yesli Vega, Republican congressional candidate in Virginia, speaks to supporters in June at a restaurant in Woodbridge.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Rep. Liz Cheney, who once led the House Republican Conference, has endorsed a congressional Democrat for the third time this year. Cheney announced her endorsement of Rep. Abigail Spanberger in a statement to the Washington Post in which she conceded that the two don't agree on every policy matter. But she praised the Virginia incumbent as a lawmaker "dedicated to working across the aisle to find solutions," saying Spanberger is committed "to serving this country and her constituents and defending our Constitution."

Spanberger's Republican challenger is Yesli Vega, a member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. "Abigail’s opponent is promoting conspiracy theories, denying election outcomes she disagrees with, and defending the indefensible," Cheney said. "We need our elected leaders to be honest, serious, and responsible." A spokesman for Vega declined to comment but directed a reporter to an answer from the candidate in June. Asked to give a "yes" or "no" when asked if she thought the 2020 presidential election was stolen, Vega said "no." At the same time, though, she said, "There's evidence that continues to come out that indicates that the election of 2020 was interfered with."

The incumbent represents Virginia's 7th, a swing district that leans Democratic, per Axios, and is one of those important to deciding which party wins control of the House. Cheney has said she'll do "whatever it takes" to keep former President Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination for president in 2024; he endorsed Vega last week, though the candidate played the announcement down. Cheney is on the outs with nearly all of the Republican Party. Other Democrats she supports are Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Senate candidate Tim Ryan of Ohio. (Read more Liz Cheney stories.)

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