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Virginia GOP House Hispanic Candidate: ‘Democrat Party Lost Touch’ With Hispanic Community


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Yesli Vega, a Hispanic and the newly selected Republican candidate to represent Virginia’s 7th congressional district, says she is frustrated with the Democratic Party’s efforts to pander to the Hispanic community and insists Democrats have “lost touch with voters seeking change.

Vega, a longtime police officer in the state, spoke to Fox News Digital on Wednesday, the day after her primary victory, about her mission ahead of the general election and why she thinks Hispanics are starting to come around to certain ideas. proposed by the Republican candidates. in several races across the country.

“You have a Democratic Party that has completely lost touch with the Hispanic community,” Vega said.

“The Hispanic community is a community that has shown time and again how resilient it is.

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“They are hard workers and many have fled their home countries to come here to America to seek better opportunities not only for themselves, but also for their children, for their families. Some people have escaped socialism. “

Yesli Vega speaks during a campaign event on June 20, 2022 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
(Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Vega warned against proponents of socialism — like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. – saying it’s “eye-opening” to speak with people who haven’t yet understood some of the issues that arise in countries like Nicaragua, a place that Vega says is now ruled by a dictator.

“It’s something the Hispanic community overwhelmingly rejects,” she said. “And look at our communities and how crime is skyrocketing.”

Describing the difficulties faced by her parents, who she says fled El Salvador amid a civil war in the country, Vega said she was “frightened” to hear what the Democratic Party had to offer.

“To see what the Democratic Party of today has become, it really scared not just me and my family, but Hispanic families across the United States,” Vega said. “The Hispanic community loves America because America is the land that gave them opportunity. … So when you see a country you love being attacked and going in the wrong direction, people put their foot down and they say ‘no Suite.'”

Vega said the Republican Party continues to “deliver the American dream and the American promise” and insisted that’s one of the reasons so many Hispanic voters are starting to elect Republicans.

Virginia GOP House Hispanic Candidate: ‘Democrat Party Lost Touch’ With Hispanic Community

Yesli Vega celebrates her Republican primary victory for the 7th congressional district during election night on June 21, 2022 in Woodbridge, Virginia.
(Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

During her time as chair of the Glenn Youngkin campaign’s Latino outreach program, Vega suggested that she, as a Republican, was in a position to gain traction with the Hispanic community.

“What we saw exceeded my expectations,” she said. “We talked about the issues that really matter to people, and we were able to connect with them. At the end of the day, people realize that you have a Democratic party that bows to the Hispanic community, but literally, literally , is making efforts to change our language using terms such as Latinx, despite the fact that the majority of Hispanics do not identify with this term and reject it.”

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Describing Hispanics, Vega said, “We are naturally people who believe in conservative principles, and it’s now or never.

“We’re not just a group that cares about immigration,” she added. “We care about education, we care about the safety of our communities, we care about jobs, the cost of living. And we certainly care about making sure America continues to be the America they know and love.”

Vega said she was always “choked up” when she saw an American flag fluttering in the wind and insisted that “there is no other country like America”. The United States is “almost perfect” in terms of working toward a bigger goal, she said.

Virginia GOP House Hispanic Candidate: ‘Democrat Party Lost Touch’ With Hispanic Community

Candidate for Virginia’s 7th congressional district, Yesli Vega, a Republican.
(Yesli Vega Campaign)

“So many brave men and women died for our freedoms, and it’s time we remembered who we are,” she said, adding that she had “worked hard for everything” that she had in life.

Vega was asked why she thinks crime is on the rise and how she would work to combat illegal activity if elected to Congress.

“It’s about failed leadership, you know, even at the grassroots level,” said Vega, who began his law enforcement career as a street cop with the city’s police department. ‘Alexandria.

“When you have a Democratic majority, whether in the General Assembly or the Senate, what we have seen happen in recent years is the weakening of laws…literally tying the hands of law enforcement in the back, where criminals infiltrate away from committing crimes and facing no consequences.”

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Vega said the action taken against criminals “fosters a generation that thinks they can break the law, do whatever they want and there will be no consequences to face.”

In November’s general election, Vega, whose brother nearly lost his life to violence by members of the MS-13 gang, will face incumbent Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who represents the 7th District of the State in Congress since 2019.

Virginia GOP House Hispanic Candidate: ‘Democrat Party Lost Touch’ With Hispanic Community

U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., speaking at a press conference sponsored by the Problem Solvers Caucus and the Common Sense Coalition
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Vega said Spanberger was not only “aligned with Biden,” but “was there holding Nancy Pelosi’s hand” as some controversial measures passed the House.

“I’m a fact-driven, data-driven person, and at the end of the day, Abigail Spanberger can say she’s everything and use flowery language and think she’s going to keep misleading voters in the 7th District, but the people aren’t not buying it,” Vega said. “People in his own party aren’t buying him and they’re sick of his failed leadership.”


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