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Never Too Early for 2010

Tim Craig

Virginia's congressional delegation was just sworn in on Tuesday, but interest groups and both political parties are already sending signals that the state will be ground zero in the 2010 congressional elections.

With Democratic U.S. Reps. Tom Perriello and Glenn Nye representing traditional GOP-leaning districts, they will likely be top targets in 2010. On Tuesday, the conservative group Americans for Limited Government sent out a statement blasting Nye for voting for several procedural rule changes that the group says will "silence" GOP dissent.

"Congressman Nye has chosen to serve Nancy Pelosi over the people in his own district," said Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government. "Congressman Nye deserves nothing but scorn for deliberately undermining the spirit and letter of the two-party system."

But while conservatives spend the next 18 months trying to undermine Nye and Perriello, both of whom will likely have well-funded GOP challengers, Democrats may target Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.).

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a statement today condemning Wolf - who was easily reelected last year in a district that President-Elect Barack Obama carried with 53 percent of the vote - for voting against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would make it easier for employees to sue employers for wage discrimination.

"Representative Frank Wolf apparently didn't get the message. Rather than create change and increase opportunity, Representative Wolf is embracing the same failed policies of the past that allowed pay discrimination," said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "It shows just how out of touch Representative Wolf is."

By Tim Craig  |  January 9, 2009; 2:57 PM ET
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