Rep. Morgan Griffith’s extreme conservatism does not serve well a district facing an economic transition.
Virginia’s 9th Congressional District sprawls from Salem to the Kentucky border. Although its population is most concentrated at the eastern end between Salem, Montgomery County and Radford, much of the focus of the campaign has been on the coalfields to the southwest. And if coal is to be the defining issue of this campaign, Anthony Flaccavento is the clear choice.
Coal companies have no greater friend on Capitol Hill than first-term incumbent Rep. Morgan Griffith. Coal miners and their families could have no greater friend than challenger Flaccavento.