Comstock, Wolf campaign together in Winchester

By Joe Beck

WINCHESTER — The Frederick County Republican Party opened the doors to its 2014 campaign headquarters at 17 W. Boscawen St. on Thursday with a rally focused on electing Del. Barbara Comstock to Congress.

Comstock, of McLean, appeared with U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, the man she once worked for and hopes to replace in the U.S. House of Representatives. Local and state Republican elected officials also attended.

The 10th District runs from the West Virginia border eastward through the Winchester area and parts of Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties. Republican candidates have carried the district by narrow margins in recent elections, although Wolf has been winning re-election easily since he entered Congress in the 1980s.

Comstock repeatedly invoked Wolf’s name during a televised debate Wednesday with her Democratic opponent, John Foust. She continued to remind the audience of her ties to the retiring congressman at Thursday’s event.

Comstock urged supporters to watch the debate in its entirety on her campaign website and Facebook page.

“I think we set out pretty well what we want to do in this district is follow in the tradition of Congressman Wolf and really focus on kitchen table issues,” Comstock said. “We’ve got to turn this economy around, that’s the first and foremost and No. 1 thing we need to do.

“We know we need to repeal and replace Obamacare, secondly, because that’s harming the economy, and we know we can have good, patient-centered reform and put health care back in your hands and have more money and more control for you and your family.”

Comstock, who worked on Wolf’s staff for about five years, recalled pitching an idea to him about a $1,000 child tax credit, a proposal that eventually passed Congress.

Comstock said it’s time to raise the tax credit.

“It needs to be at least $2,000, and that’s one of the first things I want to introduce,” Comstock said, calling the tax credit “a pro-family and pro-growth issue.”

Comstock praised Wolf for supporting military spending and his work on human rights issues, especially the persecution of Christians in several predominantly Muslim nations.

“Every day Congressman Wolf is going down to the House floor talking about what is happening to Christians in the Mideast,” Comstock said, turning toward Wolf. “I just want to thank you so much for your voice on that.”

Comstock called Wolf a “great voice” for the oppressed, adding that “as your Congresswoman, I will be calling the expert on human rights issues and depending on his voice and leadership for years to come.”

In a brief interview after her speech, Comstock said she was looking forward to participating in a meeting Wednesday in Winchester about the area’s heroin problem.

Comstock said her familiarity with the U.S. Justice Department, which she acquired as head of the agency’s public affairs office in the early 2000s, could prove helpful in obtaining federal money for local projects aimed at stemming heroin trafficking and addiction.

“When you have an epidemic like this, it’s very troubling,” Comstock said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com