Brat Faces Flak For Jail Comments

Compared Negative Ads To Problems Faced By Addicts

October 18, 2018 - 3:16 pm

Chesterfield, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) -- Congressman Dave Brat (R-7th District), already in a tight re-election fight with Democratic Candidate Abigail Spanberger, is getting national attention and flak for comments made during a visit to the Chesterfield Jail.  Brat was at the jail visiting recovering addicts.

In comments captured on tape by Public Radio Station WCVE, Brat, in talking to the addicts, said "you think you have a hard time, I have five million dollars worth of negative ads coming at me."  He then followed it up with "nothing is easy for anybody, you think I'm a Congressman, life's easy, this guy's having steaks....baloney."  You can hear the entire clip from WCVE reporter Ben Paviour here:


Brat eventually told the addicts that they do have greater problems than him, and that they do need good support systems to get over them.

Spanberger has taken to Twitter to criticize the comments.