State Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)
Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, spent a Friday evening in September on his couch, tweeting every campaign manager’s worst nightmare, The Washington Post reports.
“They tried ignoring me, and when that didn’t work they tried redbaiting,” Carter tweeted.
“That didn’t work either, so they’re smearing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julia Salazar. Which means they’ll probably try personal smears on my re-election campaign next year. … So here are some of the things you can expect to be used against me.”
Once, Carter was fired from a job. He’s had a car repossessed. He’s on his third divorce. He was once arrested on suspicion of assault. He’s a victim of abuse, including rape, he says. And there are probably compromising photos of him somewhere, but he sent those to past partners consensually, he said in a series of more than a dozen tweets.
Something I’ve noticed: the corporate establishment doesn’t know how to deal with socialists running for office. They tried ignoring me, and when that didn’t work they tried redbaiting. That didn’t work either, so they’re smearing @Ocasio2018 and @SalazarSenate18 (1/15)
— Lee J. Carter (@carterforva) September 8, 2018
Carter, a freshman lawmaker who considers himself a Democratic Socialist, stood out at the General Assembly for that label. Fellow Democrat, Del. Mark Keam of Fairfax, displayed a hammer-and-sickle behind Carter during a committee meeting last session, and House Republicans have launched a social media campaign accusing Carter of turning away jobs because of his criticism of a major economic development project.
“A lot of problems we have are the result of people trying to hide who they are so they can get reelected,” Carter told The Post.
“If you have real people — normal people, working class people — you’re going to have to get past that fear that you can’t perfectly manicure your image. Just be a normal person. It shouldn’t be a big deal saying that.”
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