The Democratic pro-abortion rights group Emily’s List is endorsing LuAnn Bennett’s campaign for Congress against Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.).
Comstock was elected to her seat in 2014 by a wide margin, but Democrats hope that the presidential race will make her exurban Virginia district more competitive. Her opponent in that race, Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, focused heavily on women’s issues. But his message was blunted after he told supporters Comstock had never held a “real job,” a comment she repeatedly criticized as sexist.
Bennett, who runs a D.C.-based real estate business, is running for office for the first time.
“LuAnn Bennett ... overcame tough challenges when she lost her husband to leukemia, leaving her a single mother of three young boys with a business to run,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement.
Bennett entered the race in December; by the end of the year she had raised $281,000 for her bid. The ex-wife of former Rep. James P. Moran (D) and herself a prominent political donor, she has longstanding ties to political networks. Emily’s List can likely further expand her reach — the group bundled millions of dollars for candidates in 2014.
Comstock raised $527,000 in the last three months of the year.