Capito To Run For Rockefeller's US Senate Seat

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Updated: 11/26/2012 6:30 P.M.

The head of the Wood County Democratic party says Shelley Moore Capito would make a "formidable" candidate for the U.S. Senate.

But he also questions the timing of her announcement, two years before the election.

Local party chairman Harold Brown says Senator Jay Rockefeller understands the needs of middle class West Virginians-something he says Capito does not.

"Capito has supported the Ryan act, which seeks to reduce the very things Rockefeller stands for and supports. She also earlier supported George W. Bush's plan to privatize Social Security."

And local Republican party chairman Greg Smith says capito may not be the only Republican candidate for the Senate seat.

Rockefeller served as West Virginia's secretary of state and governor before he was elected to the Senate in 1984.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is marking her 59th birthday by vowing to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

The 2nd District Republican announced her campaign plans Monday at the state Capitol.

Capito wants the seat held by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The five-term Democrat said Capito called him last week and told him of her plans.

The 75-year-old Rockefeller did not say whether he plans to run in 2014. He and the state Democratic Party's chairman instead referred to how West Virginians have gone through seven elections in less than three years. Rockefeller said he's focusing on the federal budget and other pressing issues.

Capito won her seventh term on Nov. 6. The former state legislator chairs House Financial Services subcommittee.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is marking her 59th birthday by vowing to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

The 2nd District Republican is scheduled to announce her campaign plans Monday at the state Capitol.

Capito would seek the seat held by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The five-term Democrat said Capito called him last week and told him of her plans.

Capito won her seventh term on Nov. 6. The former state legislator chairs a subcommittee on the House Financial Services committee.

The 75-year-old Rockefeller did not say whether he plans to run in 2014. He and the state Democratic Party's chairman instead referred to how West Virginians have gone through seven elections in less than three years. Rockefeller said he's focusing on the federal budget and other pressing issues.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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