Morgantown businessman Bill Maloney said he is considering a campaign for U.S. Congress, but currently has no plans to run in 2014. He said some members of the state’s Republican Party have urged him to step into the 2nd District U.S. House race, but he’s reluctant to do so.
Maloney mounted two unsuccessful campaigns for governor in 2011 and 2012, losing each time to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. He said those failed attempts have not discouraged him from seeking public office. He just does not believe members of Congress have much influence in the long run.
“As governor you can really have a good effect. I felt that was the best use of my time. But you get in Congress, you’re one of 435. That doesn’t motivate me much,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday. “If you’re there 10 or 20 years, what are you going to do?”
“It would take an awful lot for me to do it.”
But Maloney said it’s important the state GOP hold onto the 2nd District seat in 2014 once Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., leaves the post to run for U.S. Senate.
“Somebody’s got to step up and take on Obama,” he said. “Nick Casey seems like a nice guy…but his first vote will be for (U.S. House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi.”
Former Democrat Party chairman Nick Casey announced last week he would run for Capito’s seat.
If Maloney does decide to run for the 2nd District, he’ll need to change his address. His current residence, in Cheat Lake, sits in the state’s 1st Congressional District.
He said he recently noticed there is “lots of stuff for sale” on Virginia Street, Maloney said he is not looking for a home in Charleston at this time.