John Douglass, a retired Air Force general, will challenge entrenched incumbent Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., for his U.S. House seat in 2012.
“At this critical time, we need someone who has a proven record of standing up, taking on the tough fights, and winning them,” Douglass said. “I’ve served this nation for over three decades and have the proven leadership needed to tackle the complex challenges we face this century.”
Douglass, who served as the former head of the Aerospace Industries Association of America, also served in the administrations of both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
Wolf has handled recent challengers with ease in his 10th Congressional District, which includes scores of federal workers, garnering 63 percent of the vote against Jeffrey Barnett – a retired Air Force colonel – in 2010 and 59 percent of the vote against Judy Feder in 2008 – a year in which President Obama carried the 10th district with 53 percent of the vote.
National Democrats are already targeting members like Wolf and hope to bounce back from a dismal 2010 election cycle. But the Virginia Assembly still has to sign off on new congressional districts. One redistricting plan already introduced would make the district slightly more Republican, according to the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.