CHARLESTON, W.Va. — He moved to West Virginia just last year. Now, Alex Mooney is the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

HOUSE RESULTS: Updated voting totals for Congressional primaries.

On Tuesday night, MetroNews was projecting Mooney—a former Maryland legislator—would win the Republican primary in West Virginia and move on to the Nov. 4 general election.

“I’m proud to have made a choice to live in West Virginia,” Mooney said after being nominated.  “I’m here to stay.  I love this state.  I wanted to live in a state that shares our values.”

Mooney won decisively in a crowded race for the Republican nomination that included six other candidates.

“I’m very pleased with the margin (of victory).  I’m pleased with the voters.  I know, honestly, what I was hearing from the voters of West Virginia as I was campaigning across the district this whole time, was that they wanted a conservative,” he said.

A former state Democratic Party chairman is that party’s nominee for the U.S. House in the 2nd Congressional District.  Nick Casey, 60, secured the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary election and will advance to the Nov. 4 general election.

He said his campaign in the months ahead, though, will not be about party.  “I run as Nick Casey.  When I used to work on campaigns with (U.S. Senator) Joe Manchin and (late U.S. Senator Robert C.) Byrd, they ran as Robert C. Byrd and Joe Manchin,” Casey told MetroNews on Tuesday night.

“So, if people do want to delve into this ‘R’ and ‘D’ stuff, they’re going to have the same kind of divisive government they’ve got in Washington right now and I don’t think West Virginians want that.  I think they want something better.”

Casey, 60, is a managing partner for Lewis, Glasser, Casey and Rollins in Charleston.  In addition to serving as the party’s chair, he has worked closely with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on several of his campaigns and has spent time as a lobbyist.

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

He went on to serve in the Maryland State Senate, representing District 3, which includes parts of Frederick County and Washington County, from 1999-2010. In December 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 6th Congressional District, but opted out. 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.

“The thing I heard most from voters — are you really going to stand up against the spending?  They didn’t care what part of the District you lived in,” Mooney said.  “I know there’s a lot of talk about what county you live in and this and that.  They care about — is someone really going to fight back against spending?”

Republicans are aiming keep the U.S. House seat in the 2nd District, which Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has represented in Washington, D.C. since 2000. Capito is now seeking the Senate seat opened by Jay Rockefeller’s retirement.

In addition to Mooney, the other Republican candidates were 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 2nd District, which stretches from the Potomac River to the Ohio River, is made up of parts of 17 counties – Berkeley, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Hampshire, Hardy, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Morgan, Pendleton, Putnam, Randolph, Roane, Upshur and Wirt.

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  • Gary Z

    Another Carpet Bagger from out of state comes in to woo the voters of WV like Morrisey. I'm sure they'll be tons of out of state Koch and other Wall Street money coming in to make sure the Banksters keep control of the House.

    • Laughing Man

      Shelley is replacing the carpetbagger who was elected from out of state money. Carpetbagging is apparently OK when there is a D beside the name.

      • BH

        Jay Rockefeller was well established as a state resident prior to running for elected office. He even worked as a Vista Program volunteer in Cabin Creek, I believe. When he did begin his political career it was as a WV legislative delegate.

        • Marcy

          You're absolutely right. These fools have no clue.

      • Jonus Grumby

        I despised Rockefeller and I will not vote for Mooney for the same reason. I'm a conservative republican.

  • Jeremy

    Mooney got my vote when I saw he had the NRA and WVCDL endorsement. Without that I dont think he would have had a chance.

    • Bartolomule

      That's what I was looking for. He's got my vote.

  • arp

    Funny...the same Democrats who took Jay Rockefeller's money, election after election, to vote for that worthless (and harmful) New Yorker are now calling Mooney a carpetbagger? A vote for Nick Casey is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker...and a vote against W.Va. coal jobs. I didn't support Mooney in the primary but most certainly will in November! He thinks correctly!

  • johnboy

    Mooney!?! What a shame and a sham. I don't vote for very many Democrats but Casey is a no brainer for this one.

    • whatamoroon

      I know from listening to Metronews for years that there is enough unbelievable and over the top support of O'Bama by Nick Casey on tape to doom his candidacy. Start flagging tape ya'll.

  • Fred

    Looks like I was right.

  • Deech56

    He lost his MD Senate seat because nobody in MD - Democrats and Republicans - liked him. Poor constituent services, naked ambition, being always for AXM first, backstabbing other Republicans, mouthpiece for ALEC - the whole gamut. We in MD were glad to be rid of him. Sorry WV.

  • Dave

    Will make a great Congressman!

    • Marcy

      For Maryland? or New Hampshire?

  • Shadow

    Mooney may be an immigrant to WV but you must remember. he came on his free will to escape from a Third World Country, Maryland. He knows what Tyranny is and how it works on you.

    • epres

      So MD is third world??? I think we should trade Berk & Jeff CO for Garrett and Alco MD

  • Fluharty4WV

    West Virginia needs a West Virginian in Congress. I'll vote for an independent or a democrat before Mooney. He ran a mudslinging campaign that was fully funded by out of state money.

    • Don

      Wrong wrong wrong Deech. He lost his seat because he was targeted by liberals and his voting area was redistricted to a heavily democratic district. An act forced on the voters by a liberal Democrat governor. He moved away from Md because let's face it, Md has become a cesspool. Men have rights to enter and shower and use bathrooms with females and vice versa, gay marriage, big liberal dictating government. Why would any good man want to raise his family in Md. Alex Mooney is a good man and one of strong moral character.

      • ALL

        If MD is such a cesspool, why are all their "leftovers" coming to WV and making our laws the same as what they ran away from? Time to stop the MD immigrants from turning this part of WV into another MD. Say NO to Mooney!

      • Marcy

        Moral character? LOL
        Maryland is a cesspool? Here we go... Profess love for America but hate Americans... god is crying.

      • Fred

        What's funny is, that this supposed anti-government conservative, has basically been sucking off the government payroll his entire career. I mean, does he even have a real job? All I see is "aide for this guy, staffer for this guy."

        • Marcy

          YOU ARE RIGHT! the hate the gov but they love those gov benefits and paychecks. CUT THEIR PAY AND SEND THEM HOME!

        • Ole Sasquatch

          That was my concern too.

    • Shadow

      Would you please describe your idea of what a "West Virginian" is? You have one image, I have another, the USA has another, and then there is the real one.

    • Todd

      Your absolutely right.

  • Senator Nancy Camp Jacobs

    Alex Mooney and I served in the Maryland State Senate together. It was an honor to serve with Alex.

    I was born and raised in WV and graduated from WVU. Alex Mooney will make an excellent Congressman. The values he holds dear are the same values my friends and family from WV still hold today.

    Congressman Alex Mooney will make WV proud!

    MD Senator Nancy Camp Jacobs
    Former Senate Minority Leader

    • Senator Nancy Camp Jacobs

      P.S. As a member of Maryland Legislative Ethics Committee I can assure you that Alex Mooney was not brought up on any ethic charges.

      • Fred

        Is that not correct, Nancy?

        • Senator Nancy Jacobs

          As I understand what went on, Bud Otis who was Congressman's Bartlett's Chief of Staff, filed some kind of paper work indidicating he was going to run for the seat. Once Mooney became aware of this, Mooney indicated that he would run if Bartlett did not - all the while assuming that Otis knew Bartlett wasn't going to run. As it turned out Bartlett was unaware of Bud's intention to run and indicated that he was running for re-election. Once Bartlett indicated he was going to run for his seat again, Mooney immediately backed off. Alex had no intention of running against Bartlett. Pure and simple, Mooney not running against Bartlett had to do with respect and friendship with Congressman Bartlett and nothing else.

        • The Truth

          I've read this and my response is so what. Minor issue that was changed to a non-issue.

          Time for some new blood instead of the WV good ole boy political network. After seeing the WV government/politics from the inside out it disgusts me. Hope we get another outsider like Morrissey to shake up the good ole boy network.

  • Dr. Sarcasm

    Carpetbaggers to the rescue! Southern democrats be like "We will take care of you! One for you, one for me. Two for you, one-two for me!"

  • Jonus Grumby

    Just what West Virginia needs. Another carpetbagger.

    • Todd

      And he also made a bunch of votes against coal as a Maryland state senator. Yep, another carpetbagger to teach us ignorant hillbillies the errors of our ways. Here's one Republican voting for Casey and against an out of state career politician.

      • epeer

        With you Todd. Can't believe how stupid and uninformed my fellow republicans were.

    • Dr. Sarcasm

      It's all about national numbers in congress

  • Steve

    Congrats. To Alex Mooney! He will make a great Congressman for the State of West Virginia!

  • John Snyder

    Get your facts straight, Freddy. The 6th district in Maryland was gerrymandered for Democrats. He chose not to run because it would be difficult to when there. He never had a ethics complaint against him, ever.
    He'll make a terrific congressman.

  • Fred

    Mooney was prohibited from running for that seat in 2012. He didn't decide not to. He was forced to withdraw his candidacy because he violated house ethics rules. Get your facts straight, Metronews.

    • The bookman

      The story you reference in the above posts states otherwise. Did you read the story?

      A direct quote from the story states:

      “When it is a staffer [running for office], then the Ethics Committee has deemed it appropriate to address the potential for a conflict of interest by making an individual choose,” Walker said. “In this circumstance, it appears that the individual has chosen.”

      There was also no ethics complaint filed. Mooney certainly wasn't my choice, as I supported Reed. But let's start with an honest approach shall we.

      • Fred

        Honest? Ok. Honest. Guy hasn't ever had a real job. Has done nothing but suck down a government paycheck most of his life. Clearly has a case of the "I wanna be a politician because I can't do anything else that will pay." Couldn't get elected in New Hampshire. Moved to MD. Got bounced in MD after people figured out what he was. Tries to scam his way into a congressional seat. Told he can't do it. Moves to wv and immediately runs for congress.

        Yeah. Let's be honest.

        • The bookman

          All valid points, and I considered those issues when I chose NOT to vote for Mooney. However, you lose all credibility when you post three comments stating a falsehood and even going as far as backing up your claims with a Washington Post article that doesn't support your claim. Mooney has baggage to overcome, for sure. But let's not add false claims to the debate, and try to keep the debate about the issues and what each side believes to be the best course for WVians.