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In Northern Virginia, Republican factions are dueling over a crucial seat in the House of Representatives

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) called for “better Republicans” Monday during a campaign event for House of Representatives hopeful Cameron Hamilton in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Others in the party, however, think Hamilton’s primary opponent, Derrick Anderson, will be the better Republicans in the race, highlighting a primary battle in a crucial swing district between the GOP’s isolationist wing and those who favor a muscular foreign policy.

“Now is the time to make your choice. It’s not in November when you say, ‘Oh well, the Republican is the lesser of two evils,'” said Paul, who has endorsed Hamilton and raised more than $1 million for his campaign datum. . “We need better Republicans in Washington; That’s why I support Cameron Hamilton.” Anderson, meanwhile, has received support and funding from House Speaker Mike Johnson (R., La.) and other GOP leaders, including House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R., La.) and House Republican Conference Chairman Elise Stefanik (R., La.). NY).

Illustrative of the differences within the parties in the race are the comments Hamilton made in April about aid to Israel. After expressing hesitation about his support for additional aid to the Jewish state during a radio appearance in March, Hamilton changed course and said Jewish insider that he would support such aid. Then, during a subsequent radio appearance, Hamilton backtracked, saying he was “initially afraid to send more and more dollars abroad when we have such a big deficit.”

“I’m not entirely sure,” Hamilton concluded. “I need to see some of the audits and get a better sense of the actual relief package coming in the future.” Anderson criticized Hamilton’s comments about Israel, saying: “Strong leaders will be able to confront the crises we face at home while helping protect our closest ally in the Middle East in their time of existential danger. “

In addition to the foreign policy rows, Paul’s visit to the district also comes as the Kentucky Republican is raising eyebrows over his decision so far not to support former President Donald Trump. Paul has been in contact with third-party candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has had several closed-door meetings in Paul’s Senate office, the Washington free beacon reported last week. Kennedy is advised by Paul’s chief strategist and former chief of staff Doug Stafford. Stafford, who was a senior adviser to Paul’s failed 2016 presidential campaign and executive director of Paul’s political action committee, received $30,000 from Kennedy’s campaign for consulting services.

The district has an open seat following Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger’s decision to run for governor of Virginia. The race is seen as a toss-up for the Republicans and a great opportunity to strengthen their narrow majority in the House of Representatives.

Paul, who sought to draw a distinction between the two Republican candidates at Monday’s campaign stop, praised hardline Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus while accusing Johnson of siding with Democrats on issues such as budget cuts and foreign aid. If elected, Hamilton has pledged to join the Freedom Caucus, which played a key role in ousting former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.).

Both candidates have played up their ties to Trump. “I’m the clear America First choice in Virginia’s 7th,” Hamilton said Free beacon after Monday’s campaign event with Paul. “Derrick Anderson has never publicly supported President Trump and is running a campaign fueled by Nikki Haley’s donors and strategists, who advised him to avoid the issue until he deemed it politically expedient.”

“President Trump is winning and will not get the support he gets by portraying himself as a moderate,” Hamilton added.

Several of Hamilton’s top supporters originally supported candidates other than Trump for president. Reps. Bob Good (R., Va.), Chip Roy (R., Texas) and Thomas Massie (R., Ky.), all of whom supported and donated money to Hamilton, initially supported Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Good ultimately supported Trump, but it was “too late,” the former president said. Trump last week endorsed Good’s main opponent, John McGuire.

“He turned his back on our incredible movement and continually attacked and fought against me until recently, when he gave a warm and ‘loving’ endorsement,” Trump wrote on TruthSocial. ‘But actually it was too late. The damage had already been done!’

Hamilton said during a radio appearance Monday morning that he doesn’t need to provide justification for why his campaign’s biggest backers have been lukewarm toward Trump. Anderson thinks differently, saying on the same radio program on Saturday that the discrepancy “clouds the water” for Virginia voters.

Hamilton and Anderson have both touted their services to the federal government, although Anderson has objected to Hamilton’s services. While Hamilton was hired during the Trump administration, he served most of his term during the Biden administration, under Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Anderson spent nearly two years at the Office of National Drug Control Policy during the Trump administration between 2017 and 2019.

‘There are serious contrasts in this race. Derrick – who is from this district – worked for Trump to address the fentanyl crisis and secure our border. Cameron Hamilton — who just moved to the district — worked for Biden’s DHS for three years as millions of illegal immigrants poured across the border,” Anderson campaign manager Diego de la Pena told reporters. Free beacon. “The fact is that Republican primary voters hearing about Hamilton’s career from Biden and Mayorkas have serious concerns about his candidacy. Hamilton has also turned a blind eye to Israeli aid and joined the Never Trump/pro-RFK wing of the Republican Party. Republican Party in the final days of the primaries.”

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