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Republican Opponent Remains Silent on Team Rashid’s Debate invitations

8/8/2020

Rashid campaign invited Rep. Wittman to 6 nonpartisan debates across Virginia’s First District

STAFFORD, VA – One month ago on July 8th, Democratic VA-01 candidate Qasim Rashid sent his Republican opponent Congressman Rob Wittman a letter inviting him to participate in six debates hosted by nonpartisan organizations. Wittman has not responded. 

“Rob Wittman is refusing to listen to the needs of the First District. He is essentially ghosting the constituents who he is in office to serve. We haven’t heard from Rob, but we have heard and seen dozens of reports of smear tactics and attacks on Qasim’s faith on behalf of Rob Wittman” says Communications Director Grace Hagerty, referring to a xenophobic series of push polls last month, allegedly commissioned by Congressman Rob Wittman. 

“Rob Wittman said he wanted to participate in nonpartisan debates, so after listening to constituents all over the district, I invited him to participate in six to accommodate our vast district,” says Qasim Rashid. “Not only as Rob Wittman’s opponent but as Rob’s constituent, I have to say his choice to disengage at the height of our country’s biggest public health and economic disaster speaks volumes. It’s disturbing that he’s shying away from his constituents during this crisis.”

“First District voters have always asked the question ‘where’s Wittman?’” says Ayodele Okeowo, Campaign Manager. “They constantly ask this because Rob Wittman has neglected the needs of the First District for the last 12 years. Clearly, Wittman doesn’t want to engage with his constituents because he knows that he is in office to serve corporate interests and not those of hard-working Virginians.”

Rob Wittman has not held a public in-person town hall since March 2019.