We reported earlier this week that Push Digital, a marketing firm based out of South Carolina has purchased congressional campaign addresses for State Senator Amanda Chase, Delegate Nick Freitas and Delegate John McGuire.
Amandachaseforcongress.com, Freitasforcongress.com and mcguireforcongress.com could all potentially host campaign websites if these legislators plan to run for Congress in 2020 against Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger.
After reporting about the domain purchases, a spokesperson for Delegate Nick Freitas reached out to Richmond 2day to expand on the issue from their end. “Each of those elected officials they bought a domain for is fighting to win their elections to ensure we keep our majorities in Virginia. I certainly hope the order to buy those domains and cause these distractions didn’t come from Ms. Ramirez herself when we’re in the middle of the fight of our lives to keep our majorities. The focus is entirely on November 2019 and since she’s never done anything in the conservative grassroots in Virginia before running for Congress, my advice to her is to focus on the elections this year instead of just on herself.”
Freitas is currently running a write-in campaign against Democrat Anne Ridgeway in the 30th House of Delegates district which covers Madison, Orange and part of Culpeper County.
After a brief scan of the campaign website for Ramirez, you can see “Powered by Push Digital” at the bottom of the home page.
Ramirez, a first time candidate with the backing of former Trump White House Press Secretary Sean spicer, made a calculated move that happens frequently in congressional races according to multiple political operatives we spoke to about this story.
Cindy Horne, a spokesperson for Ramirez echoed that sentiment to Richmond 2day. “Purchasing campaign urls for candidates rumored to be running for Congress is a basic campaign function and a very common practice. Ms. Ramirez is very focused on the 2019 Virginia elections and has raised and given thousands of dollars to local candidates and committees all over the 7th district. Ms. Ramirez is more than happy to give to Nick Freitas’ write in campaign for delegate, all he needs to do is ask.”
Ramirez was raised in Powhatan County by parents who were both second-generation descendants of Mexican and Czech immigrants. She worked on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where according to her campaign website, “she developed policies to improve religious freedom in several countries”. Her website also states that she “has worked diligently to bring greater freedom and dignity to people of all faiths who do not have it.”
Ramirez was the first candidate to announce an intention to run against Abigail Spanberger for the 7th district seat in 2020.
Several more names are expected to join the race from the state legislature, however those candidates are currently working to keep their current jobs when all 140 seats of the General Assembly are up for election this November.
Several experts predict that the 2019 will shift the majority in both the House of Delegates and State Senate from Republican to Democrat , making the idea of leaving the General Assembly more enticing for prominent members of the GOP.
As of the last filing deadline, Ramirez has made two donations to Republicans totaling $625.
We reached out to Amanda Chase and John McGuire for comment but have yet to hear back from either.