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Byrne Officially Enters the Race for Congress

Anita Kumar

Democrat Leslie L. Byrne, the first woman to represent Virginia in Congress, said today she has filed papers to run for the U.S. House in a seat she held until she was defeated more than a decade ago.

U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R), who recently announced he would not run for U.S. Senate, has not yet said whether he will run for re-election in Virginia's 11th District, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties.

"When I decided to do this, I decided to do this based on what I could bring to the race and to the 11th district,'' she said today.

Byrne, who hopes to work on consumer, budget and environmental issues, won the seat in 1992, but lost to Davis in 1994 in a national Republican landslide. She narrowly lost the race for lieutenant governor two years ago.

Davis' wife, Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax), lost her re-election bid by 10 percentage points Tuesday.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 7, 2007; 4:58 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Leslie L. Byrne  
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How do you spell loser?

L-E-S-L-I-E !

Posted by: ViennaVoter | November 7, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead and run - Next election I'm voting the same as I did this time.


. . . Anyone But A Republican

Posted by: smokinmike | November 7, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Vienna voter--did you catch all those Chap signs in your neighborhood? Thanks in large measure to your town, practically Jeannemarie's backyard, Davis was Tuesday's biggest LOSER.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 8, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Why do we have to have retreads like Leslie Byrne? Are the Democrats so short of candidates that we can't have someone new?

Posted by: Bob | November 8, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

We do, his name is Doug Denneny.

Posted by: riverdog | November 8, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous, I supported and voted for Chap.

Leslie won that Lt. Governor nomination in 2006 with something like 2% of the registered Democrat vote. She's the professional politician that Republicans used to rail against.

In all the years of her running she's one just one or two elections. Her sole major accomplishment is that dump trucks on the highways must have covers. That's it in over 20 years.

The Democrats can easily come up with a better candidate, but Leslie Loser did a premptive strike in filing the day after this election, before any of the other potential candidates had a chance to catch their breath from the 2007 campaign and even begin thinking about 2008 yet.

Plus, the best potential candidates were just elected or re-elected and have to focus on that for the time being; while Leslie has the advantage of being an Out-of-Work politician who can campaign as much as she wants.

Maybe she can have Lunch with JeanneMarie? They both have plenty of time now.

By the way, did you happen to see Leslie at the McLean Hilton at all on Tuesday night?

She was noticeably absent in the crowd of successful candidates. Par for the course for her.

Posted by: ViennaVoter | November 8, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Chap run for Congress. He beat the wife - now lets see him beat the husband!

Posted by: GunOwner | November 9, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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