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Boucher hits bumpy 9th District trailIt's fair to say that Barack Obama is about as well-liked here in Southwest Virginia as Abraham Lincoln was in 1861. Which means it's pretty hard to find anyone who supports him. And a whole lot of area residents would like to see him strung up.
The race may depend on how well Republicans tie him to dissatisfaction with Obama.
By Mason Adams, Roanoke Times
Abingdon -- Twenty-eight-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher was formally nominated again Saturday by 9th District Democrats to run for re-election.
His campaign trail could be bumpier this time.
President Obama is highly unpopular in the 9th District. The resulting political atmosphere -- paired with Boucher's work on a bill that could negatively affect the region's coal industry -- could make the district more hostile to Democrats than it's been in years. But Boucher, too, could cruise to another term as he's done time after time.
"What the Republicans hope is that the combination of an unfavorable national environment and Boucher's role in cap-and-trade [energy legislation] will provide them with an unprecedented opportunity to remove him that they haven't had in decades," said Virginia political analyst Bob Holsworth.
The Republican attack on Boucher so far has focused heavily on his ties to Obama -- Boucher was one of the first congressmen to endorse him in his run for president -- and his work on an energy bill that would create a cap-and-trade system to control greenhouse gas emissions. [link]
And that animosity has its carryover.
"So I just want you all to know, I love Rick Boucher."
A love that was earned.
At the expense of Boucher's constituents.
Yes, Rick Boucher has earned Barack Obama's love. You'd do well to take that thought into the voting booth come election day.