CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Auditor Glen Gainer has not made a final decision on whether to run for Congress next year, though he said he is leaning against launching a campaign for West Virginia’s 1st District seat.
“Things really have complicated my life, I guess as it were, and I really feel that I can’t step away from the duties I have as state auditor,” Gainer told Hoppy Kercheval this week on MetroNews “Talkline.”
Still, Gainer said there are many people who want him to seek the Democratic nomination in May and, possibly, challenge Republican 1st District Congressman David McKinley next November.
“I’m still being encouraged, almost on a daily basis from people around the 1st Congressional District, asking me to reconsider and to jump in that race, so I’m going through that thought process one more time,” said Gainer.
Those with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee see Gainer as having the best chance to regain the 1st District seat for the Democrats. From 1969 to 2011, the seat was solidly Democratic because of Robert Mollohan and his son, Alan Mollohan.
In 2010, McKinley narrowly beat Democrat Mike Oliverio who had beaten Mollohan in the 2010 Primary Election.
Read more about what Gainer had to say in Hoppy’s Commentary.