Abigail Spanberger is asked about her time in the CIA a lot. During a Reddit AMA in April, she received more questions about her career as an officer with the agency than any other topic.
One person asked if she was “like a real live Hollywood spy.” Marijuana came up three times, according to a tally on cut-out construction paper hanging in a small conference room in her Richmond office. Healthcare came up twice, but it is the reason Spanberger decided to run for Congress in the 7th District of Virginia, hoping for a chance to challenge Republican Rep. Dave Brat.
Like other first-time Democratic candidates, Spanberger decided to run the day the House voted on its bill to replace the Affordable Care Act without waiting for a score from the Congressional Budget Office. That vote coupled with her frustration over the outcome of the 2016 election led the soft-spoken Spanberger to try to become part of a blue wave for Democrats this November.
If Spanberger makes it through the June Democratic primary, she will have to take out a giant-killer to do so. Brat himself took Washington by surprise when he defeated former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary in 2014.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.