WAshington, D.C.— In response to the latest controversy surrounding Virginia state Senator Amanda Chase’s militant rhetoric and positions opposing common-sense gun safety measures, including a Facebook ad in which she threatened to “shoot down” gun safety groups, PFAW Political Director and Director of the PFAW Latinos Vote! program Lizet Ocampo released the following statement:
“Amanda Chase’s attempts to blame the appalling language in her Facebook ad on her advertising agency show she is more concerned about her own electoral prospects than the safety of her fellow Virginians. Chase’s problem is clear: she is a radical who is out of step with the growing majority of Virginians who favor common-sense gun safety measures. Her complaints about the NRA’s failure to donate heavily to her campaign, after she blocked gun safety measures during the special session, also reveal where her real concerns lie. Voters in the 11th Senate district can see that this is not a candidate who cares about working for them and addressing the issues that matter in their lives.”
People For the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund has endorsed Chase’s opponent, Amanda Pohl, in the Virginia Senate District 11 election this year.
About the Next Up Victory Fund
People For the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund helps young progressive candidates win races for state and local offices across the country. Our goal isn’t just to help make sure progressives win key offices in the short term: we want to build a deep bench of progressive candidates well positioned to control state legislatures, win statewide, and run for federal offices in the years and decades to come.
About People For the American Way
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: https://www.pfaw.org.