With a plethora of candidates crowding the field for the 2018 congressional primaries, many Democrats turned to gimmicks to stand out from the pack.
There have so far been mixed results but one of the most shameless opportunists who exploited the public hysteria over the Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. shooting to boost her hopes has gone down like a five dollar crack ho, getting drubbed in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.
Karen Mallard briefly got lots of face time in the liberal media after her publicity stunt of releasing a video of her sawing the barrel off of one of those much-demonized AR-15s, but she was unable to survive in a year with a glut of anti-gun candidates who are all squawking about stripping law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights.
It didn’t exactly help her cause that she ended up being the subject of an ATF investigation over whether she illegally modified the weapon.
And on Tuesday the voters had their say..
A Virginia Congressional candidate well-known for a publicity stunt against guns while on the campaign trail picked up an endorsement from gun control groups but not a lot of votes.
Karen Mallard, a teacher running a low-budget campaign to win the Democratic primary for Virginia’s 2nd U.S. House District, only picked up 37 percent of the vote on Tuesday against the better-funded Elaine Luria, a former Navy officer who runs a Norfolk art studio. With all precincts reporting, Luria grabbed 62 percent of the votes and will face Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor in November.
“Congratulations to Elaine Luria for winning the Democratic Primary tonight,” conceded Mallard. “Good luck in the General Election. I look forward to helping you defeat Taylor in November.”
Mallard came to the public eye outside of her district on March 7 when she posted a two-minute video on social media during which she announced she was destroying her husband’s AR-15 in an act of solidarity with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in Parkland, Florida, protesting for gun control in the wake of a school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people. Using a portable saw, she removed the front several inches of the rifle’s barrel and handguard, prefaced and followed with a diatribe on gun violence.
Her political career may have briefly seen its high-water mark and then sank but another one of the Democrats’ clown candidates who made a similar video of him destroying his gun made it out of the primaries.
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