EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Ronny Jackson Endorses GOP Candidate In Virginia Swing District

Texas Republican Rep. Ronnie Jackson has endorsed Derrick Anderson, a candidate for the House of Representatives in Virginia’s 7th District, for the 2024 election, the Daily Caller News Foundation has announced.

Anderson, a former U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret, will succeed Virginia Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who is running for governor in 2025, and is ranked second in the Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI). He is running as a candidate in a highly rated constituency. D+1, more competitive. Jackson, a former U.S. Navy rear admiral who served as the president’s personal physician in the Obama and Trump administrations, endorsed Anderson on Thursday. (Related: ‘Motherfucker!’: Video shows violent confrontation between Rep. Ronnie Jackson and police)

“I am asking Virginians to join us in supporting Derrick Anderson, a fellow veteran. Derrick grew up in the heart of Virginia’s 7th District and served all over the world as a Special Forces Green Beret. He has protected America. We know Derrick will fight for conservative values ​​in Congress, which is something we desperately need. Vote for Derrick Anderson for the state of Virginia. Please,” Jackson wrote.

Anderson is one of nine candidate The primary election for the Republican nomination for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District will be held on June 18th. Seven Democratic candidates are also running, including a retired U.S. Army colonel. Evgeny “Eugene” Vindmanthe younger brother of Alexander Vindman, who was a key witness in then-President Donald Trump’s 2019 impeachment inquiry.

Anderson, who has raised about $460,000 and has received support from House Speaker Mike Johnson and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, is seen as the leading Republican candidate in the race. He previously ran in the Republican primary for the 2022 midterm elections, but lost to Yesri Vega, who himself lost to Spanberger in the general election.

Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, a largely suburban district comprised of Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg and Marine Corps Base Quantico, has been the site of several high-profile political races in the past. The seat was held by House Minority Leader Eric Cantor until 2014, when he lost a primary election to economics professor David Blatt, a defeat that drew national attention.

Spanberger is one of the best of them. centrist Politico reported that he is a House Democrat and has criticized the left wing of his party in the past.

“refund [the] I almost lost my race to the police because of attack ads. Never say ‘socialism’ again,” she reportedly told her party in a post-2020 election conference call.

comparatively Many veterans They are swing voters, and Spanberger himself is a former Central Intelligence Agency official. Anderson is board member He serves in the Virginia Army National Guard and touts his military and legal backgrounds.

In contrast, Jackson represents the most Republican-leaning district in the country, and PVI R+26per Cook.

“America needs more veterans in our administration, and I look forward to working with my fellow veterans in Congress,” Anderson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “There are many things we need to do: secure our borders, stop Bidennomics, and fix America’s place in the world. The list goes on and on.”

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