CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – This week Jane Dittmar’s floundering campaign for Congress hit a new low after pushing an attack ad that is so easily proven false that it is hard to believe a serious candidate would put their name on it.
Specifically, she made false claims about Senator Tom Garrett’s record by claiming that he supported uranium mining during his tenure in the General Assembly – a claim that a simple fact check clearly disputes.
In response, 5th District GOP nominee Tom Garrett issued the following statement:
“Citizens in Virginia Five espouse honesty and integrity. My opponent’s ad has neither. I have never voted for uranium mining in Virginia. Ever. If the media follows through on their responsibility to report the truth, they will verify this.”
One of the bills in question, HB 1790, merely establishes a Virginia Nuclear Consortium which aims to make Virginia a world leader in nuclear power – bringing jobs to thriving Virginia employers such as Babcock and Wilcox and Areva in the process.
When asked about this particular bill, Garrett stated, “My opponent has once again put hypocrisy and ignorance on full display. Not only does the aforementioned bill in her ad NOT live up to any of her charges, it received overwhelming bipartisan support with a 127-8 vote tally between the two chambers combined – an interesting thought considering how Ms. Dittmar campaigns on her ability to work across the aisle only to turn around and condemn meaningful legislation widely supported by both parties.”
Garrett went on to say, “Voting records are fair game when you run for public office. However, it is a slap in the face to the voters to spend tens of thousands of dollars on deceitful and misleading negative ads. I would challenge Jane to pull her ad and run a retraction for the same amount of money for the same viewership she used to spread this lie.”
Garrett currently represents the 22nd Senatorial District of Virginia in the General Assembly. He won the GOP nomination to succeed the retiring Representative Hurt at Nelson County High School on May 14.