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West Virginia House Hopeful Says He’s No Carpetbagger (Video)
« on: December 30, 2013, 02:34:31 PM »

West Virginia House Hopeful Says He’s No Carpetbagger (Video)

By Giacomo Bologna Posted at 2 p.m. today

The candidate: Former Maryland state Sen. Alex Mooney
The member: Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is running for Senate, leaving an open race for her House seat in 2014.

The district: In 2012, Mitt Romney won the 2nd District, which includes Charleston and the Eastern Panhandle, by more than 20 points. But Democrats continue to win local office in this region in West Virginia, making the race somewhat competitive.

Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney crossed state lines earlier this year to run for the House in West Virginia. Despite his recent move to the Mountain State, Mooney insists he’s not a carpetbagger.

The panhandle is “the fastest growing part of West Virginia; a lot of folks have moved from Maryland and other places,” Mooney told CQ Roll Call in a Dec. 11 interview. “And frankly, they’ve embraced my candidacy and are excited about it.”

But before Mooney can make his case to the 2nd District, he’ll have to win a crowded and convoluted GOP primary on May 13.

“I’m the only candidate in this race with a proven conservative voting record,” Mooney added, citing his dozen years in Maryland’s Legislature.

West Virginia’s 2nd District race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
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Re: West Virginia House Hopeful Says He’s No Carpetbagger (Video)
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013, 02:49:36 PM »
WV Metro News
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The chairman of the state Republican Party says the 2014 race that is shaping up in the 2nd Congressional District is proof that times are changing in the Mountain State.

“You’ll remember a time whenever getting Republicans to file in West Virginia for anything, particularly races of that level, was like pulling teeth,” said Conrad Lucas.

“It’s a new era in West Virginia and I think it just shows the strength of our party and the future of the state.”

Five Republican candidates have filed to run or announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in the 2nd District.

Those candidates are former House member Larry Faircloth from Martinsburg, Jim Moss from Hurricane, Robert Lawrence Fluharty from Charles Town, former Maryland GOP chairman Alex Mooney and former International Trade Commission member Charlotte Lane.

Two other Republicans are reportedly considering getting into the race: Delegate Suzette Raines (R-35, Kanawha) and Ron Walters, Jr., the son of current Delegate Ron Walters (R-39, Kanawha). Raines and Walters have made no official announcements.

“It just shows the strength of our bench,” said Lucas. “Every person who has announced or those who are rumored to be announcing bring something different to the race. They all have incredible resumes.”

On the other side, Democrats Nick Casey, a former state Democratic Party chair, and Meshea Poore, a Kanawha County delegate, have launched their U.S. House campaigns.

State Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said both are strong candidates. “We think we already have a few folks that are interested in running that will make great, forget candidates, they’ll make a great congress person ,” he said.  “We’re pretty excited with what we have.”

Both Lucas and Puccio were guests on Friday’s edition of MetroNews “Talkline.”

Current 2nd District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, is running for U.S. Senate in 2014.

West Virginia’s primary election is Tuesday, May 13.
One of my acquaintances forecasts Lane as the winner of the primary. Here's more about her, also from Metro News:
Charleston, W.Va. — A former member of the U.S. International Trade Commission will be running for Congress in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District next year.

Republican Charlotte Lane confirmed her candidacy on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” and said she will make a formal announcement around July 1.

After eight years on the ITC, Lane returned to Charleston last year to work with the Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer law firm.

“Even though I’ve been out of state for awhile, I still think that there are people that remember me and, when I get out into the communities, they will remember all of the good (I did) and all the interest that I’ve taken in West Virginia in the past,” said Lane.

In the past, she represented Kanawha County in the House of Delegates for four years and was a member of the state Public Service Commission from 1997 to 2001, including a term as chairman. ...

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Re: West Virginia House Hopeful Says He’s No Carpetbagger (Video)
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 02:52:45 PM »
Been a long time before WV politics was interesting to Republicans... this is good.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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