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GOP uses Saudi treatment of women, gays against Democrat who taught at Islamic school - Source Washington post

Posted on Sep 05,2018
Filed Under Down In Richmond , Politics,

Abigail Spanberger is running for Virginia 7th District House seat currently held by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA).\ (N/A/Abigail Spanberger for Congress)

Source Washington post

By Laura Vozzella

RICHMOND — Republican Party officials are using Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women and gays to criticize Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer challenging Rep. Dave Brat (R), because she worked as a substitute teacher for one school year at a Saudi-funded Islamic school in Northern Virginia.

“Is she comfortable with the policies Saudi Arabia has on the books related to women’s rights and LGBTQ rights?” the state GOP asked in a news release issued Tuesday. “Did she ever report any female students for violating the full body covering dress code at the Academy?”

Spanberger dismissed the attack without directly responding to the party's questions.

“These attempts to question my strong national security and law enforcement background, including my time spent in the CIA thwarting the terrorist threat, are simply desperate and weak coming from political operatives,” she said in an email via her campaign.

The party’s attack drew immediate blowback from one Republican, former state delegate David I. Ramadan, who was born in Lebanon to a Muslim family.

“Acting on behalf of @DaveBratVA7th, there is no limit to @Va_GOP stupidity and anti-Muslim sentiments,” Ramadan wrote on Twitter.

Brat’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The GOP attack builds on one that started last week, with revelations that Spanberger taught English for part of one school year at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria. The party’s initial focus was on the school’s links to terrorism. Critics have dubbed it “Terror High” because some students later joined al-Qaeda.

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