Washington, D.C. (December 17, 2013) – Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014.
He released the following statement announcing his decision:
“I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years.
“As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom – both domestic and international – as well as matters of the culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Ronald Reagan, former Congressmen Jack Kemp and Tony Hall, Chuck Colson, and the life of 10th century Member of Parliament William Wilberforce.
“I want to thank the many excellent former and current members of my staff who have helped me serve the people of the 10th District. I am also grateful to my wife, Carolyn, and my family, who have faithfully stood by me all these many years.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Wolf was first elected in 1980 and is the dean of the Virginia congressional delegation. He has represented all or parts of the following counties and cities since being elected: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, Rockingham, Rappahannock, Page, Winchester, Manassas and Manassas Park.
I heard on the radio today that Drainsville Supervisor John Foust is running for Congress against Frank Wolf. We better have our big boy pants on for this one, because this is a serious challenge. My immediate thought was that Foust was doing this to get his name out there, make a strong showing, and become the frontrunner for when Wolf retires. But this is for real. Given the incredible ground we have lost as a party in this state over the last decade, nothingshould be taken for granted.
The district remains a good GOP one, but Foust is a legitimate candidate with a strong base in Drainesville. Wolf will need to pull everything he can in Fairfax and then get the rest of the district out hard, and that means engagging in the more conservative activists that fueled candidates like Dave LaRock.
Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, a senior House Republican eyeing a powerful committee chairmanship, is causing friction with some of his colleagues by pushing the House GOP campaign arm to deny support for some of the party’s gay congressional candidates.
Forbes has waged a lengthy crusade to convince his colleagues and the National Republican Congressional Committee brass they shouldn’t back some gay candidates. His efforts on Capitol Hill were described to POLITICO by more than a half-dozen sources with direct knowledge of the talks.
Although Forbes has been lobbying on this issue for some time, it is becoming public now, as his name is being mentioned for the committee chairmanship. Although he hasn’t announced his retirement, many GOP insiders expect current Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) to forgo another bid for election.
Gay-bashing your way to a committee chairmanship! For god sakes, its the 21st century. Aren't we passed this yet? The two candidates in question, Carl DiMeo in California and Richard Tisei in Massachusetts, offer real chance to pick up seats. But I guess Randy Forbes would rather bash gay Republican candidates to get a House chairmanshio. Selfish. And how does that even work? What does DiMeo and Tisei have to do with Forbes even becomeing a committee chair? As D.J. McGuire said to me on Facebook today, apparently opposing a tax hike is extreme, but raging homophobia is A-OK in RPV?
Randy Forbes, Establishment Republican. But yeah, weare the problem!
This will create a perminant political class if this passes. Its nobody's business what political party you support. Citizens do not "belong" to parties, the parties belong to its voters. Party registration makes you tell the government what party you belong to and it is none of their damn business.
Maybe it is my personal philosophy, but you should not need to prove you are a Democrat or a Republican to the government. It makes parties an extension of the government, as if we don't have enough of that as it is. It is exclusionary, making it harder for new activists to have a voice. Just imagine a tea party or liberty activist trying to make headway with party registration. To be honest, I'd rather have open primaries. It allows new people to get engaged without having to cow-tow to the establishment.
This should be fun. I now live in the 33rd district so I actually get to take part in this special election (should we need it). It is now official that the nomination will be a mass meeting in Sterling Park. I've never been to a mass meeting before so I'm not sure how this will work and I have no idea who this favors. But I do know the candidates and here is what my take is.
The battle lines are clear between John Whitbeck and Joe May. This is simply an extension of the May-LeRock primary from last spring. Although the low level chatter I'm hearing is that it might not be so cut and dry. Whitbeck does give some Republicans, even conservatives, some pause. There are questions about his electibility as well as the, at best, ill-timed Jewish joke he cracked at a Cuccinelli rally that made headlines. Whitbeck will have the hardcore Loudoun activist behind him. Joe May, who until a year ago was quite popular with Republicans for the most part, will become a vessel for "establishment" payback for the so-called "fringe" conservatives that took the party over this year. The question mark is Ron Meyer, until last week a candidate for Congress. Meyer is from Herndon but is relatively new to The Game. There doesn't seem to be a natural constituency for him. The hope might be that people who don't want to choose Whitbeck or May might fall to him, but I'm not sure he has the confidence of the party to get this nomination and win an election that could potentially be control for the entire state senate. He has to root for this to get nasty between May and Whitbeck to the point everyone will want someone fresh and new.
I think the person who wins this will be the first to attempt to crossover between Whitbeck and May. What I mean by that is May must resist the urge to see this election as payback and instead try to reach out to some of the conservative activists in the district. For Whitbeck, he needs to calm som fears about him by being more than just the candidate of the activist base. But who knows, I could be completely wrong. If I had to bet new, I would say that Whitbeck is probably the favorite, but I think May has more support than some conservatives might want to believe.
Joe May will now run as an independent ... citing the fact that the GOP chose an "exclusionary" mass meeting format rather than a firehouse primary, like he anticipated. So this entire post is now pointless.