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Lt. Gen Phil Shutler Endorses Elaine Luria for Congress

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — Today retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Phil Shutler, a Virginia resident and former Director of Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed Elaine Luria for Congress. He announced his endorsement in a video:

“I have lived in Virginia since 1964 and have been a lifelong Republican. I’ve never endorsed a candidate, but I do endorse Elaine Luria for Congress,” Shutler said. “She is clearly the best candidate to represent all voters, from both parties, in the Second District. She has demonstrated outstanding character and leadership in her 20-year career in the Navy as a surface warfare officer and a nuclear engineer.”

“We need Elaine Luria, Virginia needs Elaine Luria, and our country needs Elaine Luria, ” Shutler concluded.

Elaine Luria reacted to the endorsement, saying:

“Lt. Gen. Shutler dedicated his life to serving our country, both in combat during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and in his decades of military leadership,” Luria said. “I’m honored to earn his endorsement and will live up to the trust that he and other fellow veterans have placed in me throughout this campaign.”

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FACT-CHECK: Congressman Scott Taylor Not Telling the Truth About His Record on Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

~ Taylor’s claim that he voted “to protect people with pre-existing conditions” is a lie ~

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — With his two latest ads, Congressman Scott Taylor has joined the ranks of Republican incumbents desperately trying to rewrite history about their unpopular votes undermining protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. These misleading tactics have led to scathing fact checks on GOP incumbents around the country, including Virginia’s Dave Brat. Now, it is Scott Taylor’s turn.

Pointing to members of his own family with pre-existing conditions, as well as the deceased mothers of the supporters featured in his ad, Taylor writes on Facebook:

“The truth is, Congressman Taylor stood up to the insurance companies and protected peope [sic] with pre-existing conditions, including the ones in his own family. Reject Luria’s gutter campaign and politics and vote Scott Taylor Nov. 6th.”

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REP. CEDRIC RICHMOND AND ELAINE LURIA TOUR NORFOLK SMALL BUSINESS BANISTER NISSAN

October 26, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH —  Today Elaine Luria, a former Navy commander and small business owner running for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, and Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, toured Banister Nissan of Norfolk to highlight the impact of the Trump Administration’s tariffs on local small businesses. During the visit, Luria and Richmond heard from Dan Banister, dealership owner and community leader, about the issues affecting his small business.

“As a small business owner myself, I always want to hear from other small business owners and talk about their challenges. One of those problems is the uncertainty created by the threat of tariffs,” Luria said. “Talking to Mr. Banister, I learned that if there is a 25% tariff on materials in his cars, that could lead to a big reduction in sales. That will hurt his business and hurt his customers.

“I’m out here with Elaine because I think it’s very important that we have members of Congress who listen to business owners and listen to their constituents,” Rep. Richmond said. “When we get outstanding candidates who are willing to talk to people, beat the streets, and get the facts, it’s important. That’s what Elaine represents, and I wanted to make sure that I came out to support her. We need people who are going to fight to give every family a fair shake, and I believe that Elaine is the person to do it.

“Car sales make up 18% of all retail sales in North America,” Banister said. “With the threat of tariffs, I’m looking for ways to reduce my expenses and my inventory levels. It’s a pretty big concern for most dealerships including Banister Nissan.”

Banister Nissan, a family business, is one of the largest African-American-owned car dealerships in the country, with locations in Norfolk and Chesapeake.

Elaine Luria Responds to NRCC’s Ad Parroting Taylor’s Frivolous Attacks

Virginia Beach, VA — Today, in a desperate attempt to distract from Rep. Scott Taylor’s disastrous record of putting special interests before Virginia families, his partisan allies began parroting Taylor’s own attacks against Elaine in a new misleading ad.

Rep. Scott Taylor – who votes with his party 98% of the time in Congress –  has recently had to call in favors from Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul Ryan to prop up his fledgling campaign.

But there is no better response to these silly attacks than what Elaine said about Taylor’s ad depicting her as a puppet of Democratic leadership at their first debate.

Watch that HERE:

And here is a transcript:

“Not only that, but although I went up on T.V. several weeks before he did, his very first ad was biographical and the very next one showed me dancing around in a tiara and as a puppet. I am not anyone’s puppet. I served in the military for 20 years. I am not a puppet, and I never will be a puppet.”

Vice President Mike Pence Rewards Rep. Scott Taylor’s Loyalty

October 24, 2018

Virginia Beach, VA –Today, Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Virginia’s 2nd District on a rescue mission for current Representative Scott Taylor, who is locked in a Toss Up re-election battle with Elaine Luria after voting the party line with Pence’s disastrous agenda. VP Mike Pence and Rep. Scott Taylor are in lock step in their support for healthcare policies that gut protections for Virginians with pre-existing conditions and raise costs on middle class families and tax policies that give the richest Americans and corporations a pass while placing an undue burden on working families.

“Congressman Taylor voted with Vice President Pence to gut protections for Virginians with pre-existing conditions and pass a tax giveaway to the wealthy that is going to add $1.9 trillion to the deficit,” said Kathryn Sorenson, Elaine Luria’s campaign manager. “Coastal Virginians deserve a true leader who is going to put this district first, not someone like Congressman Taylor, who votes with his party 98% of the time.”