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The Clinton machine declares war on one woman (and no, it's not Monica Lewinsky this time)

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Allies of Bill and Hillary Clinton have declared war against Barbara Comstock, the Republican candidate for Virginia's 10th District and former Clinton opposition researcher.

Comstock rose to prominence in the 1990s first as a staffer for Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and then as the chief counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her adeptness at reading government documents and finding information that led to the removal of Clinton staffers made her a star on the Right.

And now she’s running for Congress to replace Wolf. Time for the Clinton machine to go to war.

And go to war they have.

Paul Begala, President Clinton’s former political adviser, said Comstock had a “really almost sick, sort of stalker-like obsession with President Clinton.”

Begala has also attacked Comstock on Twitter, accusing her of plagiarism.

Shots fired. Time to bring in the reinforcements (that means money).

Former Clinton mortgage provider, fundraiser and current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be doing “everything he can” for Comstock's opponent, John Foust. He should be holding a fundraiser “soon,” according to Politico.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will also help raise money for Foust, and Clinton’s former deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, gave the Democrat $1,000 for his campaign.

Foust also told Politico that other Clinton allies would help.

“No one knows Barbara Comstock better than the Clintons ... and I’m confident they will step up and help us.”

But Comstock isn't worried by the Clinton machine, the candidate told the Washington Examiner.

"We're focused on 21st century challenges and all the problems that this administration is causing for our economy, for jobs in my district, for our military who are a large number of my constituents; not on 20th century problems that these guys want to imagine," she said.

Comstock, a state delegate, also noted that earlier this month, her bill to expand research and development tax credits was signed by McAuliffe, who even praised the bill.

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Ashe Schow

Commentary Writer
The Washington Examiner

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