CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  One of the seven Republican candidates for Congress in West Virginia’s Second District says, above all else, he is a conservative candidate.

Alex Mooney

“All my life, I’ve fought hard for conservative values,” said Alex Mooney, the son of a Cuban immigrant and Vietnam veteran.  “I was just raised to fight for freedom and that’s what I do.  I don’t apologize for that.  I’m a passionate believer in individual rights, our Constitution.”

Mooney is in a crowded field of Republican candidates seeking the nomination for the seat in the massive 17-county Second District that Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) currently represents.  Capito is running for the U.S. Senate this year.

A Dartmouth graduate, Mooney first ran for public office in New Hampshire.

He went on to serve in the Maryland State Senate, representing District Three which includes parts of Frederick County and Washington County, from 1999-2010.  In Dec. 2010, Mooney was elected chairman of the Maryland Republican Party.

In 2012, he considered a run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District, but opted not to get into that race.

Mooney and his wife, Dr. Grace Gonzalez Mooney, moved to Jefferson County in 2013 where they now live with their two children near Charles Town.

“I love living in a state that shares my values,” he said.  “I am a candidate who has a life-long record of fighting for conservative principles, the same values that West Virginia voters have.  Not all the candidates in this race can say that.”

He said the Affordable Care Act needs to go.  “We should repeal Obamacare completely.  I believe in the free market, folks can purchase their own plan.  I don’t believe there should be a mandate, by the government, that you have to buy insurance,” he said.

Mooney’s appearance on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline” was part of a series of interviews with the statewide candidates that will continue ahead of the May 13 primary election.

The other Republican candidates in the Second Congressional District are Robert Lawrence Fluharty, an investigator from Charles Town; Steve Harrison, a former Kanawha County state senator; Charlotte Lane, a former PSC chair and former commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission; Jim Moss, a cost management specialist with Toyota Motors Manufacturing; Ken Reed, a pharmacist in Berkeley Springs and Ron Walters, Jr., an insurance and financial consultant in Charleston.

The Democrat candidates in the Second Congressional District are Nick Casey, a former state Democratic Party chair, and Meshea Poore, a Kanawha County delegate.

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  • Kate Fisher

    Wish people would get off the carpetbagger stuff. Who can blame people for wanting to leave the heckhole that Maryland is quickly becoming? West Virginia is amazing. Who wouldn't want to live here?

  • teebird

    I am so happy to see Marylander Mooney on the record saying he will fight for those good old wholesome neo con values his party has come to be known for. After failing to get elected to really anything substantial in Maryland, Mooney moved across Antietam Creek to West Virginia hoping to win the Republican nomination for congress. The sad fact is, West Virginians are probably dumb enough to elect this carpetbagger. However, at least we know he stands for bogus FAMILY VALUES and taking huge sums of money from the swanky Upper East Siders of New York that turn their noses to us folks below that Mason-Dixon line. Marylander Mooney: Repeal Health Care Insurance leaving over 8 million Americans INCLUDING NEWBORN BABIES in the lurch! Proud Marylander, Proud New York Money Taker and Proud Carpetbagger! West Virginia deserves so much better than anything the Republican Party has to offer West Virginia! Wake up before its too late!

    • Kate Fisher

      I can't help but come to the conclusion that you're one of those people that thinks killing a NEWBORN BABY is no big deal. But God forbid a baby is born without insurance (which really doesn't happen, by the way. THANKS MEDICAID!). Maybe they should sell insurance to babies in the womb to protect them against MURDER. Why do you only care about a NEWBORN BABY after it's born? You do realize it's already a BABY in the womb, right??

  • rick

    Conservative values? A believer in individual rights and the Constitution....but only when it is something I want and not what someone else wants.

  • Rudy Shumer

    I'm a Republican and I can't take this clown seriously. What a carpetbagging blowhard.

    • Jonus Grumby

      I agree. Sounds like he goes where the wind blows & hopes to be elected. Perhaps I missed it, but the article does not mention his livelihood as it does the other candidates. I am curious what that actually is.

  • Jethro

    Alex Looney is more like it. He thinks guns are a God given right.

    Any politician that claims to be a fighter who fights for you should always add honestly as the last word.

    • Jonus Grumby

      Perhaps not a God-given right, but the right to keep and bear arms is a constitutional right.

  • steve

    No, the article states that his father was Cuban and he was a Vietnam vet

    • The bookman

      No, it states he is the son of a Cuban immigrant and a Vietnam vet. Mother could have been either one, Father would by default be the other. He was born in 1971, and will be 43 this year.

  • Paco

    Yeah, WV has no history of electing congressman who were carpetbaggers. Imagine if WV had ever elected a carpetbagger governor..

    • Jonus Grumby

      Or senator.

  • wv4evah

    Conservative? Sounds more like a carpetbagger to me. He's lived in WVa for..what?..a matter of months?

    And yeah: squashing the ACA would be great for the economy and for the millions of Americans who finally have health insurance to cover pre-existing conditions and their children. Especially in a state that has high rates of obesity, poverty and drug abuse. Did Mooney propose any alternatives to the ACA?
    Since the article brought-up his criticism, it should have also provided information about how he plans to replace it.

    How old is he? The article doesn't mention that either, and the photo makes him appear to be younger than your average Vietnam veteran.

    I look forward to information about the other candidates after they are interviewed.

    • robert thomas

      The article didn't say he was a viet-nam vet.It said his father was a vet

      • wv4evah

        It appears I conflated the references to the Cuban immigrant and the Vietnam veteran. Apologies.