CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney are seeking reelection to the House of Representatives. Only one, however, will have the chance to run in the 2022 general election as the Republican Party’s candidate.
The West Virginia Legislature earlier this month approved a congressional map with two districts, which reflects a change in population between the 2010 and 2020 censuses. Lawmakers split the state into northern and southern districts, placing Wheeling-native McKinley against Mooney, a resident of Charles Town. Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., who resides in Huntington, has already announced her bid for a third congressional term.
McKinley, who has served in the House since 2011, said people need to be convinced he gets results as a legislator.
“We’re not just throwing bombs,” he said. “It’s not rhetoric. We get things done, and that’s where we’re going to go.”
During an interview last week on “MetroNews Talkline,” McKinley spoke about a recent stop in Berkeley County in which two people approached him about issues and the need for congressional help.
“We’re already moving on them,” McKinley said. “I want them to know, just like the people have in the 1st District, we get things done. We know how to make things happen that will help out the people of West Virginia.”
The new congressional map is split from east to west with Congressmen @RepMcKinley and Alex Mooney in the same district. McKinley talks about his matchup against Mooney to @HoppyKercheval. WATCH: https://t.co/yCFQ3nDJuy pic.twitter.com/rRCj8VzWMZ
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) October 20, 2021
McKinley continued by saying it is not worth waiting until after the next election to start addressing problems outside his current district.
“Yes, you’re not part of my district yet, but I want them to have confidence that people in other parts care about this state,” he said.
Mooney, who joined the House in 2015, has touted his conservative beliefs as a reason people should support him.
“I’m proud of my conservative record,” he said on another episode of “MetroNews Talkline.”
“I think I stand out even among Republicans in my willingness to vote against spending so that we’re not getting out of balance and bankrupting this country. There’s a whole lot of other issues, and it will be for voters to decide.”
The House of Representatives Ethics Committee is reviewing a report in Mooney for using campaign dollars on personal expenses. A report notes Mooney spent thousands of dollars on fast food and lodging at West Virginia resorts.
Mooney said the expenses were made while meeting constituents. He added he is working with the Ethics Committee about questions into purchases.
“Most of what they are bringing up is me traveling in West Virginia, in my district meeting voters,” he said. “These are legitimate things to do and legitimate expenses.”
West Virginia 2nd District Congressman @RepAlexMooney talks with @HoppyKercheval about running against David McKinley in next year’s Primary Election. WATCH: https://t.co/wkudfIRZCB pic.twitter.com/1sgt5Q1FTr
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) October 18, 2021
The new southern district will be the 1st Congressional District, while the northern district will be known as the 2nd District.