The U.S. Senate race between former Virginia Govs. George Allen and Tim Kaine is too hot to handle, but contests for House seats are just lukewarm. Such are the advantages of incumbency and tailored congressional districts. Just two downstate House seats are considered in play, both held by Republican freshmen elected in the GOP 2010 landslide.
The three House members representing Northern Virginia are considered safe; some House Democrats thought they were untouchable two years ago. Anything can happen. Here are The Examiner's endorsements:
8th District: In their second matchup, we like Republican Patrick Murray over 11-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Moran. Yes, this is the second-most Democratic congressional district in Virginia, and voters there have long overlooked Moran's questionable ethics and legendary temper. But Murray -- a 24-year Army veteran who served as a military attach? to the United Nations Security Council and was on Gen. David Petraeus' staff during the Iraq surge -- is clearly the better choice. Murray has justly attacked Moran for doing "exactly nothing" about looming sequestration, which threatens to crush Northern Virginia's local economy. The prospect of gutting our military -- or adding to our $16 trillion national debt -- should scare even die-hard Democrats to vote for a change.
10th District: Rep. Frank Wolf, a fixture on Capitol Hill for three decades, is a dedicated public servant known worldwide as an indefatigable defender of human rights. Unlike Moran, Wolf has made genuine attempts to forge a bipartisan consensus in Congress to solve the budget crisis while decreasing the national debt. These efforts earned him and a bipartisan group of 37 other members of Congress the Concord Coalition's Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award. On the local level, Wolf was the one who requested the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general audit the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board. The audit uncovered waste and abuse and led to long-overdue reforms.
11th District: Democratic incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly was instrumental in pushing through the $6 billion Silver Line boondoggle when he served as chairman of the Fairfax County board. He hasn't changed his stripes. Connolly's voting record in Congress earned him an "F" from the National Taxpayers Union. He has supported virtually all of President Obama's domestic agenda. Former Green Beret Chris Perkins is a moderate Republican of the sort reminiscent of Tom Davis. He would undoubtedly be a much better steward of taxpayers' money than this big-spending Democratic partisan.