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Richard Robb was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 2nd Congressional District (map) of West Virginia. He was seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), but lost a primary election to Anne Barth.
Positions, record and controversies
Robb was elected mayor of South Charleston, West Virginia in 1976, and he served 32 years in the capacity (making him the state's longest serving mayor). He first ventured into statewide politics in the unpaid chairman of the state Republican Party for a brief period in the early 1990s.
In 2004 he entered a six candidate primary for the Republican nomination for Governor of West Virginia, finishing fifth. This was only the first seriously contended Republican primary for a major office since 1988 and one of only four since 1930, when that party lost control of the state. In an effort to unify the party, the winning candidate had the state convention appoint the five losers as the state's five Electors in the Electoral College, rather than the traditional slate of party loyalists.
Robb then appeared on the CNN and announced that he was a "free agent" and opposed the policies of George W. Bush. He announced that he would not cast the "deciding vote" for him. In the end, the electoral results were not close and Robb chose not to be a "faithless Elector".
Following the 2004 election, Robb changed his registration to Democrat and declared his opposition to the war in Iraq. He ran in the 2006 congressional elections for the nomination in the state's Second District on a "peace platform" and finished third.
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
Robb will be assigned committees if and when she is elected to Congress.
More background data
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:West Virginia and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Greg Giroux, "West Virginia, Nebraska Voters Pick Favorites in Congressional Primaries", CQ Politics, May 14, 2008