Dorothy McAuliffe, Va. governor's wife, might challenge Barbara Comstock for Congress

Dorothy McAuliffe, right, wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. McAuliffe detailed his ethics reform legislative package. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Never one to hold back an opinion, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was happy to discuss the possible run for Congress by his wife, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, “She has thought about it. She is interested in it.”

Mrs. McAuliffe has told the Washington Post she is very seriously considering challenging Republican Barbara Comstock next year in the race for the 10th Congressional District, where the McAuliffes have lived for 25 years. As first lady Dorothy McAuliffe has focused on military and veterans issues, as well as healthy breakfasts for school children. She would be the fifth Democrat to enter the race to unseat Comstock, who is currently serving her second term.

“We need someone who can beat Barbara Comstock, we need someone with a new vision for Northern Virginia,” said the Governor.

Virginia Republicans, however, are sounding very confident, saying there is not a single Democrat they think can unseat Barbara Comstock.

Governor McAuliffe thinks his wife can do it, “I hope she does it. I think she would be a great member of Congress."

Mrs. McAuliffe is currently reaching out to members of Congress and others in the Democratic Party, seeking advice on the situation. She is expected to make a decision in the next 30 days.

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