Rep. Tom Garrett is the abrupt withdrawal from a Virginia house race, the left Democrat Leslie Cockburn has been without an opponent — for now.
To keep Virginia Republican gain of their efforts, a controversial house seat after incumbent GOP Rep. Tom Garrett announced that he would not election again, blasting the Democratic candidate in the race is anti-Semitic and vowed to defeat them.
Garrett cited his battle with alcoholism in the step aside Monday, just days after reassuring voters that he would stay in the race.
“Every person – Republican, Democrat or independent—who known me know for each time and everyone has integrity, two things: I am a good person, and I’m an alcoholic,” Garrett said in a video recorded at the state Capitol in Richmond.
Virginia GOP Chairman John Whitbeck thanked Garrett for his service — and promptly took a shot at democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn:
“Congressman Garrett, the decision is not up for re-election, makes it all the more urgent that we select the right candidate, the defeat of the anti-Semitic Democrat nominee, Leslie Cockburn.”
The state is a party, throws barbs at city of Cockburn, a former producer for “60 Minutes” and reporter for Vanity Fair and the mother of actress Olivia Wilde — about the last comments you made about Israel.
VIRGINIA REP. TOM GARRETT IS NOT UP FOR RE-ELECTION: ‘I’M AN ALCOHOLIC’
In a lengthy statement at the beginning of may, the party she described as a “virulent anti-Semite,” and he explicitly pointed to a book she co-authored with her husband in the early 1990s: “Dangerous Liaison: The inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert relationship.”
The statement cites a New York Times book review that accused the authors of “the Israel-bashing for its own sake.”
“His first message is that, win or lose, smart or stupid, right or wrong, suave, or rude, Israelis are a threat,” said the review. “The second is that the Israeli-American connection somewhere behind just about everything that hurts us.”
Cockburn’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News, but on Twitter you linked to an article that said that claimed that their book was an anti-Semite were “completely unfounded and without evidence, and should be dismissed without hesitation.” She has also said recently, the Rappahannock News, “This is what the Republicans do,” before describing the book as “a very serious book.”
While the Republican race to find the immediate challenge for the party, a replacement candidate is not safe to write off.
A spokeswoman for the state GOP, said members of the 5. Electoral district Republican Committee will meet soon to decide on a new candidate. The Washington Post reported that a string of potential candidates include state Sen., William Stanley Jr and tech-head, Michael Del Rosso, although there seemed to be no clear favorite.
But while the Republican expressed confidence in their chances, they were decision with a view to against the wind, even before Garrett the.
The Washington Post reported that in spite of his election by 16 points in the year 2016, Garrett outraised by Cockburn had-who also had more cash on hand.
In addition, Politico reported last week that employees had accused Garrett and his wife, is forcing you to do personal tasks, including carrying groceries and walking your dog.
“We were their gofers,” a former employee told the outlet.
Garrett had dismissed the claims as “a series of half-truths and whole lies.”
Fox News’ Madeline fish and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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