GOPers “are already taking aim” at Rep. Rick Boucher (D), but so far lack a candidate. But Del. Terry Kilgore (R) “confirmed” recently that he’s considering a bid, and while he hasn’t yet decided whether to run, “not yet” anyway, he sees “potential” in a Boucher challenge.
Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell (R) took 66% in the CD on 11/3, and a 25-year-old GOPer defeat an incumbent delegate inside the CD “on the strength of a campaign that focused largely on energy issues.” Kilgore, on 11/4: “Last night bode well for somebody that would look at this race.” GOPers see Boucher as vulnerable because of his “high-profile work on the cap-and-trade legislation.” But Boucher said “economic issues will likely outweigh cap-and-trade” in the CD. Still, he’s planning a “series of public meetings” in “coal-producing counties to discuss the legislation and his work to soften it.”
If Kilgore doesn’t run, another possibility would be state Sen. William Wampler (R), whose father held the seat before Boucher.
But Boucher has “long proven his staying power,” and GOPers “could find him a tough nut to crack.” VA Dem chair Richard Cranwell: “The question is Rick taking care of his knitting like he should to earn the trust of the people of the 9th District to re-elect him? I think he has. He’s one of the best at constituent service and bringing home the bacon of any congressman in America” (Adams, Roanoke Times, 11/12).