Virginia House Majority Leader Eyeing Boucher

Posted January 12, 2010 at 1:36pm

A high-ranking Republican in the Virginia Legislature is weighing a campaign against Rep. Rick Boucher (D), who is still without a GOP challenger in the state’s southwestern 9th district.Morgan Griffith, the Majority Leader in the GOP-controlled House of Delegates, told the Roanoke Times on Monday night that he is considering a campaign against Boucher. “I think I wouldn’t even be thinking about this if Boucher had been doing his job,— Griffith told the newspaper.Republican campaign officials have had success in the candidate recruitment process this election cycle but have struggled to land a candidate against Boucher, who has dominated his conservative-leaning district in part because of his focus on economic development and his opposition to gun control measures.The National Republican Congressional Committee originally recruited state Rep. Terry Kilgore (R), but he said last week that he would not run.Griffith and other Republicans have sharply criticized Boucher’s vote last June for a bill that would implement a cap-and-trade system to limit emissions of greenhouse gases and require electric utilities to produce a percentage of their power from renewable sources.Griffith lives just barely outside the 9th district, in the 6th district represented by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R). But a portion of his state House district is within the 9th district and Members are not required to reside in their districts.