Majority Leader Griffith: Most likely, I'm in race against Boucher
Morgan Griffith, the Republican majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, is gearing up for a run for Congress against 28-year incumbent Rick Boucher in southwest Virginia's "Fightin' Ninth" District, his spokesman Jeff Ryer said today.
Griffith is making phone calls to gauge support, Ryer said. He hasn't started raising money yet.
Although Griffith is popular in his House district and powerful in the state legislature, by some accounts he is not the A-list candidate that Republicans were hoping to match up against Boucher in a year when the incumbent is more vulnerable than usual.
The big reason for that is that Griffith doesn't live in the 9th District; the back property line of his home in Salem is actually the boundary between the 9th and his own 6th District, home of Republican Bob Goodlatte. Although Griffith's legislative district features some overlap with the 9th, he doesn't enjoy the same name recognition or base of support as, say, Del. Terry Kilgore, a widely known figure in the southwest thanks in part to his twin brother Jerry's run for governor in 2005 and in part to his own chairmanship of the powerful Virginia Tobacco Commission.
Kilgore has already said he won't run for Congress.
Republicans in the 9th District will choose their candidate this year by nominating convention in late May, so stay tuned for more candidates.
February 22, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Amy Gardner , Election 2010 , Rick Boucher
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