For the first time, former FBI director James Comey went door-to-door for Democratic House candidate Jennifer Wexton on Tuesday in Northern Virginia.
Comey and his wife Patrice showed up at the campaign’s Sterling, Virginia, headquarters on Tuesday morning, according to campaign spokesman Aaron Fritschner. The Comets picked up canvassing supplies shortly after voting and called Wexton’s campaign manager in advance to make sure they would be welcomed.
Comey said in 2016 that he had been a lifelong Republican, but this year he gave Wexton’s campaign the maximum amount permitted by law.
“This is about the ideals of our country, not Democrats or Republicans or Independents, and I appreciate you for what you’re doing today. According to Fritschner on Twitter, Comey declared at the campaign headquarters, “We will be OK because of folks like you.
On his own Twitter account on Tuesday, Comey wrote: “Voted. Currently going door-to-door to encourage everyone to vote. Should be fun.”
Comey is a prominent opponent of President Donald Trump and is no longer a registered Republican. He penned an opinion piece for The New York Times that was published on Tuesday. It contained language often used by Democrats to express opposition to Trump and the present Republican Party. Comey implied that the times of the Ku Klux Klan were similar to those of the Trump era.
Rep. Barbara Comstock, a former director of public affairs for the Justice Department who has held the seat since 2015, will be replaced by Wexton in Northern Virginia. The district, which includes many counties in the Washington suburbs, supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but since the 1980s, it has chosen Republican candidates for Congress.
The district, though, is anticipated to tilt Democratic this election and is important to Democratic aspirations to regain the House. The lush Virginia suburbs are representative of the white, affluent suburban voters who Democrats are hoping to win over this election cycle.
When Comey, who was then the director of the FBI, reopened an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of email in the final weeks of the campaign, he attracted widespread attention. The FBI was looking into whether the president’s campaign collaborated with Russia to influence the election when Trump fired Comey. This year, Comey wrote a book detailing his tenure as FBI director and attacked Trump throughout his book tour.
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