As it’s expected whenever a Republican congressional candidate wins a contested primary race in a very Republican-leaning district, the Conservative and Republican political universes pour in their support for the nominee that will is all-but become the next member of Congress in that particular district. Kat Cammack, who is a longtime staffer for retiring Rep. Ted Yoho (R), won her primary race and is now reaping the spoils of victory.
Not only did she score the GOP endorsement of all endorsement — President Donald Trump’s support — Cammack has landed the National Right to Life and NRA endorsements to boot.
“I strongly believe our right to carry shall not be infringed. As a concealed carry permit holder and wife to a first responder, I am adamant about protecting the Second Amendment, as one of the most basic American rights. As a board member of the Alachua County Friends of the NRA, I have put my passion for protecting gun rights into action. When I was serving as a Deputy Chief of Staff within the District, I was proud to fight to protect our gun rights on Capitol Hill. I look forward to defending guns against any attempt by the Left to take them away.”
.@Kat_Cammack will be an incredible Congresswoman and leader for Florida! A Successful Businesswoman, she strongly supports our Brave First Responders & Law Enforcement, Life and the Second Amendment! Kat has my Complete and Total Endorsement #FL03 https://t.co/opR9Cpd00k
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2020
Cammack’s Progressive Democrat opponent, Adam Christenson who is considered a longshot to win the race, is not backing down from the challenge. Christenson is trying to capitalize on a recent Fox News appearance by Cammack where he says she lied about Rep. Ted Yoho calling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) a f*cking B*tch during an encounter in the Capitol earlier this year.
Christenson’s ad questions Cammack’s integrity after she stated that she spoke to Yoho about the incident, stating that “he did not call her that name.”
Here is Christenson’s ad:
I was taught growing up that lying is a sin. Integrity means standing up for what is right no matter what it costs politically.
My opponent has sold her soul for POWER.
If she is willing to lie on National TV just to get a couple votes, what else is she willing to lie about? pic.twitter.com/lfmpVFu37D
— Adam Christensen for Congress (@AC4Congress2020) September 13, 2020
We decided to look deeper into the allegation made against Yoho, and it appears that Cammack is correct in her statement that Yoho did not call Rep. Ocasio Cortez a “F*cking B*tch,” at least not to her face.
By her own admission, Ocasio-Cortez stated that Yoho did not call her that, but that she heard from reporters that he had called her that after she entered the House chamber to vote.
Yoho apologized for the heated conversation he had with his colleague but denied he directed that name directly to her.
Here is Yoho’s apology:
I stand before you this morning to address the strife I injected into the already contentious Congress. I have worked with many members in this chamber over the past four terms, members on both sides of the aisle, and each of you know that I am a man of my word, so let me take a moment to address this body. I rise today to apologize to the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York. It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America but that does not mean we should be disrespectful.
Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language. The offensive name calling, words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues, and if they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding.
As my colleagues know, I’m passionate about those affected by poverty. My wife Caroline and I started out together at the age of 19 with nothing. We did odd jobs. And we were on food stamps. I know the face of poverty, and for a time it was mine. That is why I know people in this country can still, with all its faults, rise up and succeed and not be encouraged to break the law.
I will commit to each of you that I will conduct myself from a place of passion and understanding that policy and political disagreements be vigorously debated with the knowledge that we approach the problems facing our nation with the betterment of the country in mind and the people we serve. I cannot apologize for my passion or for loving my God, my family, and my country.