Rep. Luria’s pro-Navy, centrist identity may get Jan. 6 test | Govt. & Politics
Including Virginia’s most populous city, Virginia Beach, as well as the rural Eastern Shore, Luria’s district voted for Trump in 2016 but shifted blue last November, as Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate since 1964 to carry Virginia Beach.
Luria nonetheless may face a tough reelection test as Democrats cling to their six-seat House majority. Taylor, the former congressman who lost to Luria, said such a long military career gives her ideological cover.
“If you’re a veteran and you’re a Democrat, you might be given a little more the benefit of the doubt. Like, you’re not going to be super far left,” Taylor said. “Never mind how you vote.”
During a Virginia Beach town hall hours after the Milley event, Luria was asked about the possibility the Capitol insurrection was a dry run for a larger attack. She cited the Jan. 6 committee, saying, “This is too important not to do anything.”
“I think we need to do this in an unbiased and nonpartisan way,” Luria said.
Luria has likened being on the Jan. 6 committee to her serving on an aircraft carrier launching simultaneous airstrikes on foreign terrorist targets in Iraq and Afghanistan, noting that then, “I didn’t turn to the sailor next to me operating a nuclear reactor and say: ‘Are you a Democrat? Are you a Republican?’”