Senator Emmett Hanger from Staunton represents the 24th district. A potential Republican primary challenger named Tina Freitas announced today that she has launched an exploratory committee in regards to a primary campaign.
Freitas is a vocal political commentator on social media displaying conservative ideology and beliefs. Tina is also the wife of former Republican candidate for Senate, and current Delegate Nick Freitas.
Sen. Hanger is one of the Republicans that crossed over and supported Medicaid Expansion last year. Hanger even won an award last year alongside Governor Northam for his role in pushing through the expansion. Being a fairly partisan topic, this bothered many of the far-right members of the party.
Freitas announced her intent to run on Monday morning, but that news was quickly swept up by the movements coming out of the Executive Branch. In her announcement, Freitas blames Hanger’s voting record for inspiring her bid. “While I respect Sen. Hanger as a man, I strongly disagree with much of his voting record and his tendency to vote in line with the Democrat agenda on key issues. For instance, he was the vote that killed Constitutional Carry and he spent the past several years pushing for Medicaid expansion, finally ramming it through last session in a budget which sent two million dollars to Planned Parenthood. This is not reflective of our respect for human life, or our defense of Constitutional Rights here in the 24th.”
Freitas didn’t shy away from the rhetoric used by the establishment leaders of the party, showing that she can tow the line for the party when needed. Her talking points on abortion mirror the vernacular coming from the right all week.
“Democrats have been putting forth legislation that has concerned, sickened and even horrified Virginians. We must respond with an actual plan that demonstrates the contrast and clear choice between our vision for Virginia and that of the “new left.”
The 24th district is heavily conservative. The Democrats have put forth candidates to run, but it is hard to imagine anyone but a Republican will have that seat. That is why this primary will matter – it is the true election to see who represents this district.
Freitas says that Hanger is ashamed of the conservative values of the district. “We are an overwhelmingly conservative district, but unfortunately we are represented as if Hanger is ashamed of the principles which we share here in the 24th. Given that the Democrats have made their new agenda clear in recent days, Hanger’s pattern of voting with the Democrats has become exponentially more dangerous.”
Freitas wrapped up her announcment by using the “fake news” as a rallying cry for Republican momentum. “I’m proud of our Republican principles and I am tired of the press misrepresenting them, but I am even more frustrated with those Republicans who seem to believe that the only way they can maintain power is by surrendering on the very principles they ran on.”
Freitas said that she will spend time this next week to see if enough people agree that she should run before she makes a final decision.
Freitas included some of her principles that she would govern with below:
• That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice
• That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunites and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society
• That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be excercised at all levels of government
• That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations
• That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense
• That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation