Charleston attorney Nick Casey will hold a news conference this afternoon where he is expected to announce that he’s running for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd  Congressional District seat in 2014. The seat will be open because current U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is running for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate next year.

Casey has been involved in politics for much of his adult life. He served as state Democratic Party Chairman from 2004-2010. Casey is closely tied to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and has worked as his campaign treasurer twice (1996 and 2004). Before that, he was treasurer for the late Mario Palumbo’s gubernatorial race in 1992.

But Casey has never run for office himself… until now.

The timing appears right for Casey. At 59, he’s old enough to have raised his family (his two children are grown) and become a partner in a successful law firm (Lewis Glasser Casey and Rollins), but he is still young enough to start a second career.

Capito’s departure gives the Democrats a chance to reclaim a seat that’s been held by the GOP since 2001.  Plenty of Democrats are thinking about getting in the race.

Kanawha County House of Delegates member Doug Skaff says he’s 90 percent sure he’s running. Another Kanawha County Delegate, Meshea Poore, is also considering it.

Rod Snyder from Jefferson County, who is president of the Young Democrats of America, says he may get in the race, and another Jefferson County resident, Matt Dunn, says he’s running.

But Casey becomes the first viable Democrat to declare. He will have several things going for him.

As a former party chairman, Casey is well-connected throughout the sprawling 2nd District, which stretches from the Ohio River across West Virginia to the tip of the state’s eastern panhandle. Casey should know most of the Democratic players in each county.

He has some personal wealth. I’m told he’s willing to spend up to $500,000 of his own money. That’s not enough to win, but it shows he is a serious candidate, which makes it easier to raise money.

Casey should be good on the campaign trail. He’s a personable guy with an easy smile. His self-deprecating humor and his willingness to not take himself too seriously should play well with voters.

On the downside, Casey’s job as party chairman was to extol the virtues of all candidates, including President Barack Obama, who remains unpopular in West Virginia. Opponents will have plenty of quotes to use against Casey.

Also, while Casey is well-connected, he’s not that well-known. He’s going to have to spend a lot of shoe leather and money introducing himself to voters, especially in the eastern panhandle.

Casey’s close ties with Manchin could be a double-edged sword. There’s already some pushback by those who think the Senator’s political tentacles extend to too many areas of the state. Casey will have to establish that he’s his own man.

And finally, the 2nd will have had a Republican representative for 14 years by the time next year’s election rolls around. Whoever makes it to the general election from the Democratic Party is going to have to convince a majority of voters in the red-leaning district that it’s time to go blue again.

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  • wvtd

    imagine that. another wealthy far left liberal lawyer, who knows what's good for us, is going to run in west virginia. wake up west Virginians. look what clowns like this has done to our state during one party rule for 89 years.
    maybe we should consider reuniting with Virginia, if this is the best this state has to offer for political leadership we are all screwed.

  • Vito

    Mr. Nick Casey lost All Credibility With Me When He Became The "YES" Man For Joe Manchin 2004 Campaign For Governor.

    He Is Man Of The State Political System And Not For The WE The People Of The State Of West Virgina !!

    If Does Run.......A NO VOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bottom Feeder

    When Capito wins in 2014, Joebama won't have to carry obamafeller's water anymore. Then Joebama can work on being obamabiden's running flunky next election. Or he might run with "stand by my man" so he can hide behind her skirt.......oops, she doesn't wear one, only man pants! Rahall, along with the chosen one, reid, pelosi etc. are Coal's greatest nightmares. He's gone.

  • wvman75

    We're being sold down the river in Washington.

  • Medman

    Lots of negative stuff on here about the Dem leadership in the State. The problem is that when we elect these folks, most of them go to DC and find that after 3 cocktail parties you cannot be "in" if you actually deliver on your altruistic campaign promises. Shelley has done a remarkable job in that respect, meanwhile Joe has totally bought-in to where he has to go if he wants to rise in the Liberal DC crowd. Generally speaking, the process corrupts people who started off thinking their mission was to serve the voters.

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    there should be a college major called
    politician degree, i bet wvu coud make alot of money with that one

  • docbegone

    Democratic leadership for over 70 years. How's that working out for you?

  • DWM

    Just what the state needs, another wealthy, elitist, liberal democrat attorney to help tell us what we need.

    Haven't we tried that already?

  • wvman75

    Part of the good old boy network that's kept our state down for all these years.

    • GregG

      Yeap, and what do all these good old boys/girls have in common? They are all rich! And if elected you can bet they become even richer.

  • 2XLPatriot

    Does anyone else feel the need for all of these attorneys who run for political office to attend and successfuly pass a course in economics and accounting? They may have knowledge of the law but are seriously lacking in the finance management department.

    • mntnman

      And perhaps business persons who run should have to take a course in law and pass it. Far too many want to do things that don't pass legal muster. But hey, they try anyway.

      Further, I know more than a few business persons who have run for office that weren't exactly successful in their businesses. To be sure they made money personally, but their businesses didn't. HMMM.

    • Hop'sHip

      You mean a Voodoo economics course, don't you? Like the one apparently taken by that last MBA President who put us in deep doo doo.

      • MojoJoeJoe

        The National debt was $9 trillion when Bush left office. It is now a staggering $17.5 Trillion and counting. The US will be over $25 trillion in debt before Obama is done. Now that IS DEEP doo-doo!! Even you hopship better get your chest waders on. Warning, Critical Mass up ahead.

        • Hop'sHip

          Yes. Bush just paid for the match, lit it, and then left. It was the guy behind him who ran up all the expense putting out the fire and then rebuilding the place. Basic econ 101 (not Voodoo econ) tells us that when recovering from a deep recession or depression is the one time when running up debt is not only justified but welcomed.

          • mntrbob

            Of course there was that huge gasoline can that Bill Clinton left behind in the form of deregulating derivatives.

          • Shadow

            Your are right! If you are in a hole, have a shovel, dig deeper and you will get out! Sounds perfectly logical to me but then I didn't study Economics, just Physic and Math.

          • Wowbagger

            Hippie,

            how about your Economic

          • Hop'sHip

            bagger: My Economic is fine. Thanks for asking.

    • Shadow

      Lawyers write laws that benefit themselves and other lawyers. In the market, it is called "churning". They always couch the names of these laws in high sounding names like: The Fairness Act or the Manchin's Gun Safety Act to protect the children.

  • FungoJoe

    Another liberal leftist repressive progressive elitist.
    He'll go down in defeat soundly by whomever the GOP and the Indies run.
    The most interesting race is going to be for Nick "Hezbollah Joe" Rahall's seat. Rahall is toast next year.

    • Anthony

      Hezbollah? Few of us agree with his politics, but that seems like a cheap shot.

      • JoeJoe

        Nicky Joe has several family members in Lebanon who are affliated with Hezbollah.

        • ISEE

          Just because he has family in Lebanon (connected to anyone) doesn't mean that he even speaks with them; and it certainly doesn't mean that he, by extension, is connected with Hezbollah. I have a close friend who has a lot of family in Lebanon, not distant family either, but he has never spoken to them. You can't condemn someone based on what distant (physically and/or genetically) family members may or may not be involved in.

  • thornton

    More political Kabuki.
    I suggest considering popcorn futures.

  • CaptainQ

    Well Hoppy, the race in the US 2nd District will be very interesting indeed. Not only will Nick Casey have to 'explain' his relationship with Joe ('I'm political poison because of gun control') Manchin, he, like any national Democratic nominee in this state, will be campaigning in the shadow of the VERY un-WV friendly President Barack ('I wanna kill the coal industry') Obama. Running under these circumstances won't be impossible, all Casey has to do during the campaign is 'run away' from BOTH of these guys and we'll do just fine. The main advantage Casey could have here is his name recognition. Who does the GOP have to run in this race? Does the GOP have a 'name brand' to nominate here?

    This could be quite an interesting election indeed, at least in the US 2nd District.

    • Wowbagger

      Indeed Captain,

      It's time to see if Democrats have lost their MoJo!

      Sorry, I couldn't resist. Have a good day!