Local Democratic committee officials reportedly are busy searching for a replacement candidate given what appears to be a political change of heart by 10th District House of Representatives candidate retired Air Force General John Douglass (D). According to a 5th District Democratic website, Douglass is now the 5th District’s Democratic candidate for Congress and will not challenge 10th District incumbent Congressman Frank Wolf (R).
Douglass, the former head of the Aerospace Industries Association of America and assistant Navy secretary under President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990’s, announced on May 10, 2011, that he would challenge Wolf in Virginia’s suburban 10th District.
However, according to the Rappahannock Democratic Committee website, Douglass is now the 5th District House of Representative’s candidate. The news about Douglass’s changing political aspirations was released by “Kay B” on February 26, 2012 at 11:00 am according to the website http://rappdems.org/.
According to a 10th District Democratic committee insider who asked to remain anonymous, party officials are now searching for a candidate to replace Douglass in what had been one of the Democrat Party’s most hoped-for Congressional election upsets. The committee insider also said that recent Democratic Party hopes had buoyed as the Douglass campaign reportedly had outperformed the Wolf campaign in political contributions over the last quarter.
As recently as last week Douglass appeared at a 10th District Democratic Party committee meeting in Winchester as the Democratic Party candidate. A 10th District Democratic source said that much of Douglass’s political war chest had been raised from 10th District voters.
However, even with a strengthening financial position, Douglass appears to have given up the battle against Wolf long before the battle really began.
Prior to redistricting, Douglass – whose home is in Hume, Virginia – lived in the heart of the 10th District which ran west from Washington, D.C., to the West Virginia border. However, recent Congressional redistricting now places Hume, Virginia, on the fringe of the 5th Congressional district. The new political geography appears to made Douglass’s 5th District campaign more politically viable.
Democratic officials are now said to be working around-the-clock to find another candidate to run against Wolf in November given Douglass’s last-minute exit. Democratic Committee members are said to be considering a move to recruit former 10th District Congressional candidate Jeffery Barnett or Dr. Karen Schultz of Winchester.
However, on January 23, 2012, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reported that Barnett, the Democratic Party’s 2010 nominee, said that he would not seek the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2012.
Incumbent Republican Frank Wolf, who has represented the 10th Congressional District since 1981, has handily defeated all recent political challengers with ease.10th Congressional District voters, which includes thousands of federal workers, handed Wolf 63-percent of the vote against retired Air Force colonel Jeffery Barnett in 2010 and 59-percent of the vote against Judy Feder in 2008.