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February 9, 2016

West Virginia House Hopeful Says He’s No Carpetbagger (Video)

The candidate: Former Maryland state Sen. Alex Mooney
The member: Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is running for Senate, leaving an open race for her House seat in 2014.
The district:
 In 2012, Mitt Romney won the 2nd District, which includes Charleston and the Eastern Panhandle, by more than 20 points. But Democrats continue to win local office in this region in West Virginia, making the race somewhat competitive.

Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney crossed state lines earlier this year to run for the House in West Virginia. Despite his recent move to the Mountain State, Mooney insists he’s not a carpetbagger.

The panhandle is “the fastest growing part of West Virginia; a lot of folks have moved from Maryland and other places,” Mooney told CQ Roll Call in a Dec. 11 interview. “And frankly, they’ve embraced my candidacy and are excited about it.”

But before Mooney can make his case to the 2nd District, he’ll have to win a crowded and convoluted GOP primary on May 13.

“I’m the only candidate in this race with a proven conservative voting record,” Mooney added, citing his dozen years in Maryland’s Legislature.

West Virginia’s 2nd District race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

This video interview series questions the scores of congressional hopefuls who visit the CQ Roll Call offices each cycle. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed. Have a question for a candidate? Follow us at @RollCallPols to learn about upcoming interviews.


  • democratunc

    I really don’t know how you cant call this at least toss up. Every major democrat has coalesced around Nick Casey and its a free for all for the republican primary.

  • Fresh Mountain Air

    As Germany proved in the first half of the 20th century, majority public opinion can be swayed enough in times of crisis to empower those who stand against liberty and prosperity.

  • SM

    democratunc – Because WV has more straight ticket Rep voters in the second Congressional District than Dems, more voters under the age registered as Rep, and the 2nd has long been a Rep district that is leading the charge to turning the state Red!

  • Michael Martin

    Oh, I’m throwing support behind Meshea Poore for the Democratic side. Mooney’s Maryland roots may be an issue in the general election but it shouldn’t be. I still find it odd that the 2nd district stretches from central W.V. to the Panhandle.

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