Youngkin and Hung Cao Warrenton rally Nov 3

Gov. Glenn Youngkin attends a rally in Warrenton Thursday for Republican Hung Cao, who is running for Virginia's 10th Congressional District seat. 

With the midterm elections closing in, Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears headlined a rally Thursday at Eva Walker Park in Warrenton for Virginia's 10th Congressional District Republican candidate, Hung Cao, and encouraged voters to show up to the polls on Nov. 8. 

Cao, a retired Navy Capt., is running against incumbent Rep. Jennifer Wexton.

“Here we are right down the stretch this last week. This is when the moves are happening. This is when Jennifer Wexton is most nervous,” Youngkin told the crowd hundreds of supporters.

Cao mainly focused on the economy and inflation, blaming Democrats, including Wexton, for things like rising housing prices, something that has been a common theme during his campaign.

“If you bought a house today, you gotta pay twice the amount that you did last year,” he said. “That's all because of all this stuff that the Biden administration did that Jennifer Wexton signed on.”

Cao also accused Wexton of committing government overreach by “criminalizing parents” who “don’t affirm their child’s gender.”

Hung Cao Warrenton rally Nov 3

Republican Hung Cao speaks to a crowd of supporters in Warrenton five days before the 2022 midterm election. 

“That's not what America is all about,” Cao said. “Ladies and gentlemen, I came from a communist country. Everything that they're doing is what communists do. They take your children away, and they turn them against you. They take away your wealth, they take away everything it means to be an American, and I won't stand for it.”

Cao is referring to Virginia House Bill 580, which was first introduced in the state legislature and would expand the definition of “child abuse,” making it unlawful to mentally injure on the basis of a child’s gender identity. It was first introduced in 2020 by Del. Elizabeth Guzman – not Wexton – who represents Prince William and Fauquier counties. Guzman recently received backlash in October for saying she planned to reintroduce the bill during the next regular session. 

The local parental rights group, Moms for Liberty, also attended the rally for Cao, waving a large banner. The group previously attempted to have 17 books removed from school libraries but withdrew the request after the School Boards announced it would revise its policies.

Youngkin contrasted Cao with his Democratic counterpart, painting him as a family man "who understands what it means to serve."

"What America represents is where freedom and liberty come together to lift up everyone, and that is why Hung decided to put everything down to the side and go work for you," Youngkin said.

"The other side, the progressive liberals have been trying to take away our freedom and liberty and we know this...we're not letting this happen," he added.

Wexton is seeking her third term in Congress, having knocked off previous incumbent Barbara Comstock by 12 percentage points in 2018 and Republican challenger Aliscia Andrews by a similar margin in 2020. This time around, however, Wexton will be running in a less comfortably Democratic district after congressional boundaries were redrawn by an order from the Supreme Court of Virginia late last year. 

The new boundaries cut off the western and eastern reaches of the previous district, moving areas like Winchester and northern Fairfax County, a populous Democratic stronghold, to other districts and adding more rural – and Republican – parts of Fauquier and Rappahannock counties to the 10th. As currently constituted, the district’s precincts voted for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe by a slim margin over Gov. Glenn Youngkin last year. 

The current district still includes a small portion of Fairfax County, as well as the western portion of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.  

In Congress, Wexton has sponsored legislation that would offer grants for police departments with fewer than 200 officers, make monkeypox testing free, expand veterans disability compensation and ban assault weapons. She supported the bipartisan infrastructure agreement, COVID stimulus and the recent Inflation Reduction Act, which aims to reduce the federal deficit, invest in renewable energy and lower prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. 

Unlike Wexton, who served five years in the state Senate before running for Congress, Cao is a political newcomer. Born in Vietnam, his family came to the U.S. when he was 4. According to a National Republican Congressional Committee candidate bio, he then spent most of his youth in West Africa before returning to the U.S. in 1982. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria and the U.S. Naval Academy, Cao went on to spend more than 30 years in the Navy, including leading the Navy’s dive school in Panama City, Fla. 

He beat over 10 other candidates for the Republican nomination in a firehouse primary in May. 

Wexton has tried to paint Cao as too extreme in his conservative beliefs for the district. Cao has called himself “pro-life” and has said that he thinks abortion laws should be left up to the states, but at times has used extreme rhetoric on the issue, like saying that under Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, abortion was legal up until the point of birth “or even post-bith,” which was not true.

Cao, meanwhile, has criticized Wexton and President Biden for high inflation and interest rates. On education, he said he opposes what he calls “political agendas” and “indoctrination” in schools and said in a recent debate that he opposes allowing transgender athletes to compete in school sports. 

“Biological boys shouldn’t be in girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms or sports,” he said. 

Cao has also criticized admissions policy changes for Thomas Jefferson High School aimed at admitting more Black and Hispanic students. Cao said those changes were “destroying the meritocracy” at the school. On the economy and health care, Cao has said he wants to let the free market work without government interference, calling for cutting taxes and spending. 

Wexton has held a fundraising advantage for much of the campaign, but Cao cut into her lead in the period ending Sept. 30, outraising Wexton over the previous three months. As of Oct. 19, Wexton had raised a total of $3.7 million to Cao’s $2.8 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. 

(6) comments

dave703

The Democrats all march it lock step. Wexton votes 100% of what Pelosi orders her to do. It's time to make it clear to them that we do not want Socialism. Break the cycle and try Conservatism for one cycle of Congress.

John Gall

Does anyone think for themselves anymore or just drink up the leftist propaganda and name calling. Supporting parents guidance of their children and addressing the tactical day to day issues of constituents is SOOO extreme to these uniformed MSM parrots. Sad commentary.

IMW11

Interesting lack of recognition of Local Republican officials

I attended the rally and was surprised that neither the Fauquier Republican Chairman, State Senator Jill Vogel, nor Delegate Michael Webert were called to the stage nor even acknowledged as being in attendance (I did see Jill and Michael there). Intentional slight, or lack of cohesive and unified party??

Pexpop

Cao criticizes America's support for Ukraine. America supports Ukraine and so should our elected representative. I will vote Wexton.

Dick Bonnaventure

He should. We have almost totally depleted our own national reserves of anti armor missiles bother here and in NATO to give them to Ukraine. It will take 8 years of non stop production just to replenish those stocks at a cost of 70% more for each unit. Yes the Ukrainians need support but not at our detriment.

Jeff Allen

Youngkin is showing his true colors supporting an extremist like Cao. How anyone was fooled by "The Vest" is beyond me, unless that's the kind of person you support.

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