VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Tuesday’s special election in the 7th State Senate District has attracted a lot of attention as both candidates raised about $1 million each.
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Republican candidate and Navy veteran Kevin Adams declined to be interviewed for this truth-seeking report.
Aaron Rouse, a Democrat and former Virginia Beach City Councilman, sat at 10 On Your Side to see a political ad for the race.
Adams’ commercial for Rouse reads, “Aaron Rouse thinks cops are racist and he’s a radical who makes Virginia less safe.”
Truth Tracker decided that Aaron Rouse was wrong to be radical. Over the years, he has been viewed as a rather neutral stance politically, but no one has ever suggested that he is racist.
“He’s an extremist who likens police officers to slave patrols,” the ad said.
Days after George Floyd Rouse was murdered, “Slavery became the origin of American policing.”
Truth Tracker discovers it to be true. Rouse made the statement, but Adams explained that he was taking the words out of context.
“It’s about taking words out of context when you’re talking about the horrific death of George Floyd,” Rouse explained.
When asked if he regretted that statement, Rouse says his record shows he always supported the police.
“Well, what I’m saying is, look at my records. I’ve always stood by the police and law enforcement.”
Another allegation about Rouse is that he wants police reimbursement, which he says is not true.
“I’m not defending the police. Absolutely not. As you can see, my record speaks for itself,” Rouse said.
Rouse listed nine examples in Truth Tracker during his time as an alderman who voted for law enforcement.
“I voted to allocate $168,000 to police equipment and training. I voted to allocate $600,000 to improve security in juvenile detention. , Kevin Adams has no record again,” Rouse said.
Rouse then turns the page to see a blank page on the other side with reference to Adams’ record, since Adams never held an elected office.
To emphasize his support for law enforcement, Rouse turned to former Virginia Beach police officer Tommy Demartini in a supportive testimonial ad.
“I want to set the record straight. Aaron understands what it takes to make our community safer and keep criminals off the streets. I lifted it up and got the police officer back on his feet.
There is no doubt that Aaron Rouse is moving on the abortion issue. That’s his biggest problem, and the main problem his ad deals with.
“Richmond Republicans are trying to pass new legislation to ban abortion in Virginia, and Kevin Adams wants to join them,” Rouse told 10 On Your Side. They are trying to introduce an anti-abortion bill that will unwind the hands of time.”
In Rouse’s ad, he states that “the decisive vote to ban abortion in Virginia will go to Kevin Adams.”
Truth Tracker finds it wrong. Adams has gone on record to support conditional abortions, as he told 10 On Your Side in a previous interview.
“I agree with the governor’s 15-week proposal. Barring rape, incest and the mother’s health, I think it’s reasonable,” Adams said.
It is true that the political make-up in the Senate will be tight if Mr. Rouse wins. Democrats will get votes that could block new regulations on abortion.
You can vote early at the voter registration offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach until 5 p.m. Saturday.But you can only vote if you live on 7th Senate district.