At a meeting with the Daily Mail editorial board Friday morning, Rep. David McKinley said he will not run against Rep. Shelley Moore Capito for U.S. Senate. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t tempted.
McKinley, a Republican who represents West Virginia’s 1st congressional district, said several national groups and a few Super PACs promised their support if he decided to run against Capito in her Senate campaign. Capito, who also is a Republican, represents the state’s 2nd district.
“We were tempted by the devil,” McKinley said. “I finally said no, this is Shelley. I went to Shelley and said ‘Have I been tempted? Yeah. But I’m going to back you.’”
Capito announced in November she would run for Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat in the 2014 election. Rockefeller then announced in January he would not seek re-election. A poll in late January found that Capito holds strong leads over several hypothetical challengers, including Rep. Nick Rahall, a Democrat, and state Supreme Court Justice Robin Jean Davis.
McKinley said he plans to run for the House at least one more time, but intends to “term-limit” himself at some point.
“What happens in the future, I don’t know,” he said.
Look for a full story on our meeting with McKinley in Monday’s Daily Mail, or online at www.charlestondailymail.com.