Bloomberg Law
May 17, 2018, 10:16 AM

Unions Join Effort to Unseat House Republican Dave Brat

Tyrone Richardson
Tyrone Richardson

A union card-carrying airline pilot and a former CIA official are the Democrats vying for a chance to unseat high-profile Rep. Dave Brat in his central Virginia Republican stronghold district.

Unions tend to see Democrats as friendlier on their issues, such as raising minimum wages, protecting organizing rights, and watching trade pacts for their effects on U.S. jobs.

There would be a certain symmetry if either Dan Ward or Abigail Spanberger managed to bump the incumbent in the midterms this year. Then-economics professor Brat pulled off a political shocker himself in the 7th Congressional District in 2014--unseating Eric Cantor in ...