Virginia: Griffith Nominated to Oppose Rep. Boucher

Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:28pm

State House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith will be the Republican nominee against Rep. Rick Boucher (D).

Griffith won the nomination at a Saturday convention, prevailing on the first ballot over five lesser-known challengers.

“Morgan Griffith’s nomination crystallizes the choice for Southwest Virginians: a proven leader who shares their values and will put local jobs first versus a 28-year Washington politician who sold them out when it mattered most,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Sere said.

Griffith and GOP officials have hammered Boucher for supporting a climate change bill that included a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases. They said the measure would be harmful to the coal industry; Boucher said he secured important provisions for coal.

The Democratic Party of Virginia responded to Griffith’s nomination with a statement noting that he lives in the adjacent 6th district, represented by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R).

If he wins, the party said, Boucher’s “Southwest Virginia district would no longer be represented by a resident.”

Griffith has said he lives just outside the 9th, and that the district boundaries necessarily will expand after post-census redistricting. In his acceptance speech, he said that “it’s not about where you sleep, it’s about where you stand on the issues,” according to the Roanoke Times.

Boucher had $1.9 million in his campaign account as of April 25, compared with $110,000 for Griffith.