(WJLA) – There’s been a smattering of talk the past couple of weeks among political pundits about how the problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act could help the GOP in next year’s congressional and state elections.
Even Ken Cuccinelli, who lost last month’s Virginia gubernatorial election against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, has broached the possibility of mounting a campaign to take the U.S. Senate seat held by popular former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.
People who make a living following politics in the Commonwealth, such as George Mason University’s Mark Rozell and the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, see such a scenario as unlikely but nonetheless don’t outright dismiss a potential candidacy by the state’s controversial sitting attorney general.
This, especially with Cuccinelli’s push toward the end of the campaign to disparage Obamcare.
But don’t forget about Robert Sarvis, the 37-year-old Libertarian candidate from Northern Virginia who received 6.5 percent of the vote despite being rebuffed in his bid to attend any of the state’s three gubernatorial debates.
Having doggedly cultivated a committed base, Sarvis is pondering his next move.
“Right now I’ve just been kind of talking to some folks in the Libertarian of Virginia, seeing more how to proceed, how to send the message of Libertarianism,” he says. (Seeing how to grow the movement), “and trying to get more candidates. There’s all the special elections next year, you know. As for me, I don’t know yet, there is some interest in seeing me run again, and I’m not averse to it but certainly my wife would have veto power, and I haven’t even approached her yet, so...”
“I think the U.S. Senate race next year is a possibility depending on a lot of things,” Sarvis says. “That’s one of things I want to focus in the next month, to see how many Libertarian candidates we can get to run for the congressional races. If we can get a bunch, that would help.
"And it doesn’t have to be me -- if there’s a better candidate, I’m happy to step aside -- but I think I would have a lot to offer.”
As for the gubernatorial election experience, he says he learned a lot about himself and was able to hone the manner in which he delivers his message to potential voters. And after the race, unlike the Republican candidate, he put in the obligatory call of congratulations to McAuliffe.
“It took me a few days to get a direct phone number where I could call him at (but) I ended up calling it and I got voicemail, and he ended up calling me back,” Sarvis says. “It was cordial. I think it’s customary. I mean, I was a little surprised Cuccinelli didn’t do it, but hey, that was his choice.”