Retired Naval officer Howie Lind will hit the airwaves Thursday with his first TV ad of the GOP primary in Virginia's 10th District.
Lind is one of a half-dozen Republicans vying for the Northern Virginia seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Frank R. Wolf. His first ad appears to be aimed at the front-runner, state Del. Barbara Comstock, a former Wolf aide who has long been expected to run for the seat.
"Howie Lind for Congress," the announcer says. "Because it’s not about whose turn it is, but who’s going to stand up for us."
The ad, shared first with CQ Roll Call, comes with less than two months to go in the fight for the GOP nomination. It's set to air on cable and satellite TV throughout the district, according to a campaign source who declined to provide the exact buy size.
Lind was running for Senate before dropping out in favor of the 10th District race. He's one of a few conservative contenders, including state Del. Bob Marshall, vying for the district that stretches from the D.C. suburbs to the West Virginia border.
The seat is a top Democratic target in 2014. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won there in 2012 by a slim 1-point margin. A number of Democrats are seeking the seat, but party support is coalescing around Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, who was named this week to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program.
Republicans will decide their nominee at an April 26 firehouse primary, a state-party-run election with less than a dozen polling locations. Democrats will hold a nominating convention on the same date.
Virginia’s 10th District is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.