Mainstream Candidate vs Radical Extremist in District 86

86th VA House of Delegates District

By Tim Hannigan

The Fairfax County Republican Committee calls on all Republicans, Democrats, and independents to get out and vote for U.S. Air Force veteran and Republican nominee Gregg Nelson in Virginia’s special election for delegate in the 86th District on Tuesday, February 19.

Mr. Nelson offers a commonsense, mainstream alternative to radical extremist Ibraheem Samirah.

Simply put, Mr. Samirah is not fit to represent district residents.

  • Over many years on his social media, Mr. Samirah has expressed coarse and distasteful comments about the state of Israel’s right to exist, as well as vulgar remarks about Israeli leaders and citizens.
  • Mr. Samirah openly supports the Palestinian BDS National Committee’s boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against the state of Israel. United States policy opposes this movement, with many critics arguing that it is both anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic.
  • When given the chance to renounce such statements, Mr. Samirah has apologized for his tone but not the beliefs and sentiments underlying them.
  • Mr. Samirah has accepted donations from two people who were recently linked to terrorism by Israel.

These views and actions by Mr. Samirah are radical — falling way outside the views of most residents of the 86th District and Virginians in general. But Mr. Samirah’s extremism fits right in with the charges of infanticide, racist “blackface,” and rape that have surrounded prominent Democrat elected officials in Virginia over the past few weeks.

Enough is enough! Across the Commonwealth, Democrat politicians’ masks have slipped off. We are now witnessing a party dominated by intolerant, radical extremists. Mainstream Virginians of all stripes must put a stop to such unhinged fanaticism.

Voters in the 86th District get their chance on Tuesday, February 19. Republicans, Democrats, and independents must take this threat seriously or live with the unwanted consequences. Get out to the polls on Tuesday and vote for the responsible, mainstream candidate, Gregg Nelson!

Tim Hannigan is chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.

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