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Cabral Makes Run Against Wolf Official

The Fairfax attorney hopes to break gridlock in Congress and says "this mother can do it."

The courtyard next to the Leesburg Town Hall on Saturday served as the venue for Democrat Kristin Cabral to officially launch her campaign in the 10th congressional district against incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R).

Cabral, a Fairfax resident, made her gender a primary theme, likely one of the reasons Clarke County School Board member Barbara Lee spoke during the event. In Clarke County, women hold two of five seats on the board of supervisors and three of five seats on the school board as well as serve as treasurer, commonwealth’s attorney, commissioner of the revenue and clerk of the court. Women also hold five seats on two town councils in Clarke County and the state Senate seat that represents the county.

“We know and appreciate good, strong women when we see them,” Lee said. “We’re very proud of that. I look forward to adding Kristin to the women that represent Clarke County.”

Women’s issues also are likely to play a significant role in this year’s election because of debates at the national level about birth control and women’s pay and in Virginia after the state passed a law

The 10th district includes parts of Fairfax, Prince William and Fauquier counties, as well as all of Loudoun, Clarke, Warren and Frederick counties, as well as the City of Winchester.

Cabral, an attorney who served as prosecutor for the federal government, described herself as a wife, a mother, a worker and a volunteer. While succeeding in her law career, she is also raising two children, now teens. She was the first woman in her family to earn a degree, and as Lee pointed out, “she’s also a fantastic karaoke singer.”

In her legal career, Cabral litigated immigration cases. She also served as the law clerk for a federal judge and as a law professor at George Washington University.

Cabral said her background demonstrates that “I understand how Congress should work.”

At the same time, her service on the PTA, as a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader and on the Fairfax County Public Library board, she said, have kept her in touch with issues important to families and women. Cabral referred to a marker in Hillsboro that honors the mother and sister of the Wright brothers, the men credited with first achieving flight. Susan Koerner Wright, Cabral said, shaped the men that changed the world.

Cabral tied the topic of flight back to Dulles Airport, which lies within the 10th District and serves as an important economic engine to Loudoun, the region and the state.

If elected, she would work to end a bitter divide that makes certain legislation difficult, she said, if not impossible to move forward and referenced a quote by Abraham Lincoln.

“’A house divided against itself cannot stand,’” she said, reiterating the quote before adding her own John Lennon-esque comment. “Imagine a Congress that gets the job done.”

Cabral said she believes she has the right mix of qualities to help Congress move forward and address a daunting economic future.

“This mother can do it,” she said.

Wolf has faced challenges many times over the years, but has held on to his 10th District seat since he was first elected to it in 1980.

Harold C. Cockerill June 09, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Seems like getting along in congress is what has given us a $15,000,000,000,000 debt.
Leslie Ackerman June 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I am an independent who usually ends up voting Republican. But living in Ashburn has shown to me such incompetence and lack of priorities by current authority, that I am willing to vote for anyone who offers TRUE road improvement, user friendly opportunities for driving, and less harrassment to citizens, before building more and more dwellings and bussiness that crowd the place and make driving around a never-ending nightmare. Will someone hear? I am skeptical.
Dan M June 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM
It's always easy to kick the can down the road when it comes to paying for the things we need today. You have to ask yourself if the folks representing us today are being honest a responsible in their investments or are they just lying to themselves and to us about life improving. Frank Wolf has a long record of talking about problems, but always votes with Republicans to spend money we don't have (since they've cut the taxes that bring in the revenue). To me, that's lying about being responsible on spending. Will Cabral be better? Perhaps. At least she can't do any worse.
Mark Carolla June 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Not a very inspiring kick-off to attract independents. Women's issues - no matter how worthy - are not the core existential issue facing our Middle Class. Jobs; unregulated Wall Street and banking, tax cuts contributing if not causing a deficit; ideology instead of statesmanship on Capitol Hill; a dysfunctional national transportation infrastructure; etc. etc. are all themes she could address. Not enough to make me vote against Frank Wolf -- Congressman Wolf showed that he is one of JFK's profiles in courage by standing up to Grover Norquist -- He also is great on helping constituents in dealing with the Federal Government.
Tax Pig June 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Cong. Frank Wolf’s Child Support is Delinquent http://loudounoptout.blogspot.com/2012/06/con-frank-wolfs-child-support-is.html
Robert June 20, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Frank Wolf is a leader. He's represented NVa well and is a champion of human rights throughout the world.
Mark Carolla June 20, 2012 at 03:05 AM
@Tax Pig - I just flagged your June 13th "Cong. Frank Wolf's Child Support is Delinquent" as inappropriate. Loudon Opt Out's link says nothing about child support and the title is a blatant and inflamatory lie defaming Congressman Wolf. Of course, an appropriate title such as "Frank Wolf Supports Dulles Rail" wouldn't get too much attention. As for the rail link to Dulles...until we have rail transit to Dulles and eastern Loudon Dulles Airport will continue to have a Third World infrastructure - 25 plus miles from the city it serves - without public mass transit. Meanwhile, Loudon is denied an alternative to the traffic and congestion of the Dulles Toll Road --- and the price-gouging of the privatized Greenway. (How's that private sector tax-cutting entrepreneurship working for us? That private profit-making venture has been characterized by Congressman Wolf as "highway robbery.") Dulles Rail to Loudon is a job-generator; a sensible alternative to congestion; and an energy efficient, non gasoline guzzling way of keeping Loudon Green. A succinct post showing how you disagree with Congressman Wolf on the issue is the way we disagree in a democracy --- not by circulating sensationalist falsehoods.
Bob Bruhns June 20, 2012 at 05:20 AM
The news media and our leaders who have not actively questioned the excess cost in the Dulles Rail project are complicit in a colossal ripoff. In contrast, Congressman Frank Wolf and Congressman Tom Latham (of Iowa) called for the review of MWAA that began in June 2011, that recently revealed serious misconduct by MWAA, and they also called for a financial and risk review of this fiasco known as Dulles Rail Phase II, also known as Rail to Dulles, a.k.a. Rail to Loudoun, a.k.a. The Silver Line (Phase II). This critical financial and risk audit began in March 2012. The 2011 audit was reported - but the news media and the rest of our political and business leaders continue to carefully avoid mentioning anything about the resulting US DOT audit announced on March 15, 2012. This is despicable, given that the very subject of the finance and risk of this rail project is the core of one of the biggest problems our local governments have ever faced.

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