We will get to the part about how Griffith doesn’t even live in the district in a minute.
For now, I’d like to hear your thoughts on Republican Morgan Griffith’s recent announcements (here and here) that he’s thinking about challenging Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, the Democrat who represents Virginia’s 9th congressional district.
Let’s assume the race goes forward. Who wins?
Boucher, 63, is a 14-term veteran who has served the district since 1982 and is reputed to be the 10th most powerful member of the House of Representatives. Prior to his election to the House, he served 7 years in the Virginia Senate.
Griffith, 51, R-Salem, is a conservative who has served in Virginia’s House of Delegates since 1994, and for years has held the Majority Leader’s post, the chamber’s second most powerful. One the few occasions Griffith has had opposition, he beat the Democrat running against him handily. Most of the time, they don’t even field a candidate.
Who would win that contest, folks? Tell us why.
Note: Griffith does not live in the 9th District. He lives in the 6th District, which is represented by Rep. Bob Goodlatte. He told my colleague Michael Sluss that he doesn’t intend to move into the district, or go through the formalities of renting an apartment in it. There is no law that says he has to live there, either.
Do you have any thoughts on that?
Redistricting is going to happen in the next year or two. I’m betting that win or lose, Griffith’s House, which is now just outside the 9th District boundaries, ends up inside that district afterwards.