Morgan Griffith, Republican candidate, doesn't live in the 9th Congressional District. He lives in the 6th. He's announced that he's running in the 9th. Say what? Can he do that, people are asking?
Listen up: I guarantee you the thought makes a difference to a whole lot of people around here.
This, in a letter to the editor of the Bristol Herald Courier, is the first of many such complaints:
Griffith would represent Roanoke Valley, not usMemo to Virginia GOP: This is an uphill fight against Boucher. In order to win in November the issue has to be BOUCHER. Not his opponent's mailing address.
The race for the Ninth District Congressional position is heating up. On Feb. 24, Virginia Delegate Morgan Griffith issued a press release that lists a group of supposed supporters that include elected state Delegates and Senators. This is very distressing to me.
I have a strong objection to this supposed candidate and challenge the fact that he is one of us. He lives in Salem, which is in Roanoke County. Roanoke County already has a congressman in Bob Goodlatte. I would think that someone from another district would be ineligible to run in our district, the Fighting Ninth. However, should it be legal, the candidacy of Morgan Griffith would not give us a representative, but would in essence give the Roanoke Valley another representative.
Does Virginia stop at Roanoke? If Morgan Griffith were elected as the congressman from the 9th District, then it would be an absolute assurance that Virginia would stop at Roanoke.
Congressman Boucher has seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives and has an established working relationship with ... [blah blah blah] [link]
Under the best of circumstances a challenger - any challenger - comes into the race a longshot. So why pick someone with this big, bulbous, inflamed, festering, oozing blemish sticking out there for all to see and ponder? If ten percent of the electorate is turned off by Griffith being an "outsider," there's every likelihood, if everything else went swimmingly, that he'll lose by five. That math don't work.
It ain't gonna work.
Look, I love Morgan Griffith. I think he'd be a great addition to the Virginia delegation to Congress. His conservative values mirror those of the people of the commonwealth (outside Fairfax). And when Southwest Virginia depopulates to the point that one party or the other decides to roll the 9th District into the 6th through gerrymandering, I'll be first in line to vote for Griffith. And, I should state, I'll vote for him if he does carry the Republican banner into the November election.
But I'm not your average (or native) Southwest Virginian.
This is just too big an issue around these parts to be ignored. Plan B, fellas.