Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) debates her Democratic challenger, LuAnn Bennett, in the race for the Virginia 10th Congressional District on Oct. 6 in Lansdowne. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The endorsement of Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) for reelection was a disappointment [“The Post’s picks for Congress,” Oct. 23].

As the editorial pointed out, Ms. Comstock is opposed to gun-safety measures, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, signed “a blanket pledge opposing higher taxes” and only recently repudiated the candidacy of Donald Trump. Her opponent, LuAnn Bennett, declared herself “definitely pro-choice” and “very much for common-sense gun safety measures like universal background checks and closing the gun-show loophole.”

The editorial board hoped that, despite her record, Ms. Comstock “might bolster a conservative core of sane House Republicans . . . willing to govern, not just wage partisan warfare.” Endorsements probably always need to have a taste of wishful thinking, but this one seemed to have no other kind.

Paul Siegel, Alexandria

Shame on The Post for its inexplicable endorsement of Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.). The rationale for the endorsement was that she is not a far-right legislator and did not endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In fact, Ms. Comstock is a strong component of Republican obstructionism in Congress. She is against gun control; she is against women’s right to abortion; she has voted to defund Planned Parenthood; she is against LGBT rights; she has voted against immigration reform; and in the state legislature, she voted against state funding for mass transit in Northern Virginia.

Stephanie P. and Steven H. Weisbroth, McLean