While meeting with an addiction support group of inmates at the Chesterfield County Jail, Rep. David Brat (R-VA) downplayed an inmate’s addiction worries in comparison to his own trials being the subject of attack ads.
According to a Thursday ThinkProgress report, his comments came as a response to a female inmate’s concern about issues she would face when she left prison.
“You think you’re having a hard time. I’ve got $5 million of negative ads against me. How do you think I’m feeling?” he said.
“Nothing’s easy for anyone. You think I’m a congressman. Oh, life’s easy, this guy’s off having steaks,” he continued. “I got a daughter, she’s gotta deal with this crap on TV every day. No one out there’s got some easy life. And you’ve got it hard, I’m not dismissing that. You’ve got some fears, real anxiety coming up with a job, and whatever. And what you’ve got to find is a support system.”
Brat is running in a tight race against Democrat Abigail Spanberger.
Listen here via a Richmond NPR affiliate reporter:
An odd moment from @DaveBratVA7th‘s visit to an addiction support group at Chesterfield County Jail: After an inmate describes some of the difficulties she’d face upon release, Brat says his life isn’t all roses either, pointing to attack ads from @SpanbergerVA07 pic.twitter.com/uVDW4jsAhs
— Ben Paviour (@BPaves) October 18, 2018