From Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s (D-VA07) re-election campaign:
ICYMI: ‘Latinos for Youngkin’ co-chair Yesli Vega criticizes his candidacy
In a recent column, Mr. Daniel Cortez denounces Vega’s relentless hypocrisy
FREDERICKSBURG, VA — The Honorable Daniel Cortez — an independent voter, Vietnam veteran who was injured and decorated for extraordinary heroism, former commissioner of the President’s Advisory Commission on Hispanic Prosperity, and co-chair of Latinos for Youngkin — has slammed his fellow co-chair of Latinos for Youngkin Yesli Vega in a recent op-ed published in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.
In the op-ed, Cortez questions the legitimacy of Vega’s claim that she was sworn into President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Hipsan Prosperity — a Vega membership at one point on her Twitter page but abruptly shortly deleted. long after winning the Republican primary.
Additionally, Cortez calls out the hypocrisy behind Vega’s lie in the primary that she would not support Kevin McCarthy for House Speaker if Republicans took control of Congress. Recently, Vega endorsed McCarthy for the presidency.
Cortez also criticized Vega’s desire to ban abortion nationwide and her promise to shut down the government, simply because she disagrees with the administration in charge.
And in a new statement sent to the Spanberger campaign, Cortez said:
“I remain very disappointed with Vega’s failure to debate in front of the Fredericksburg community, respond to the media – period, and even return my simple communication to end the Commission’s question. I remain grateful for Abigail Spanberger’s courtesy, demonstrated bipartisan experience, reach and transparency.
His full column can be found here: Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: Daniel Cortez: Will Integrity Matter on Election Day?
Below are highlights from Cortez’s op-ed:
- As Election Day approaches, integrity and ethics should be at the center of every elected term.
- However, the constant debate over political candor frustrates citizens when party leaders irresponsibly encourage their base to vote Republican or Democrat, regardless of their candidate’s words and actions.
- In July, [Vega’s] The Twitter page said she was a President Trump appointee. After her primary win, she deleted the tweet. And she has yet to provide positive proof that she has in fact been sworn in and served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Hispanic Prosperity. Nationally, 18 other legally sworn members, like me, have provided this evidence.
- Some false claims of military achievement or stolen bravery are illegal. Should political candidates get a pass for misrepresenting political honour?
- In April, Vega said, “I wouldn’t vote for Kevin McCarthy.” But in September, she said he had won her support and later begged for her help raising funds at a reception in Northern Virginia. Is this just typical politics?
- Vega’s desires to shut down the government and challenge women’s reproductive rights are alarming to many.
- For many independent voters, government officials have no business interfering in private medical concerns between a legal-aged man or woman and their doctors.
- It’s hard to pinpoint what Vega would really do as a congressman. Does she support the actions of State Senator Bryce Reeves’ proposed legislation to deny educational benefits to Virginia’s entire undocumented population? Even the “dreamers”, whose parents we abused during the Bracero program?
- Her legislative vision remains in question, and she refuses to substantively debate Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger on these issues.
- The price of fuel, food and education remain real kitchen table concerns. That made a difference to 28% of independent voters in Virginia and 11% of Hispanics who voted for Youngkin in November. Vega should remember that – we were co-chairs of the Latinos for Youngkin coalition. Her as a Republican and I as an independent voter promoted integrity and awareness. At least we did then.
- To me, Vega’s refusal to debate Spanberger in Fredericksburg demonstrates fear of having her political naivete exposed, thus potentially affecting the vast number of local voters who would be affected in Virginia if she helped shut down the government.
- Voters should not accept inexperience and misrepresentation. Perhaps preferential choice voting is the answer to electing candidates with genuine character in the future.
- [S]Hameless liars remain a reflection not just on them, but on us, keeping voters cuckolded politically.
- Look for those with a demonstrated bipartisan history in our political sea of deception by voting the person, not the party.
Spanberger is ranked the most bipartisan member of Congress from Virginia and one of the most bipartisan members of Congress overall.
Spanberger was recently approved by the American Chamber of Commerce.