Jeff Barnett, the Democrat who in 2010 vied against U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf for the 10th District, announced Sunday he would not seek his party’s nomination in 2012.
A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Barnett was defeated by Wolf, who went on to serve a 16th term in office, on Nov. 2, 2010.
Barnett garnered 34 percent of the vote to Wolf’s 64 percent. Libertarian William Redpath took 2 percent.
Barnett said he will remain involved in the Democratic party. Not running for office again was a tough decision, he added.
“The fact that I’m not running for Congress this year gives me the freedom to engage in other ways. I will be writing, speaking, working for candidates, and working for committees. My message will be simple, ‘We are better together,’” Barnett said in an emailed statement.
In his announcement, Barnett criticizes the Republican Party for its unwillingness to work across the aisle to find a solution to support middle class values.
“‘On your own’ is the Republican Party strategy. Once you boil down their goal of ‘less government and lower taxes,’ that is all that’s left. Wealth will inevitably erode from the middle class. Those who want to join the middle class will get less help than they need. In other words, they are ‘on your own.’ Darwin might call it, ‘survival of the fittest,’” he said.
The Democrat also went on to criticize the lack of federal funding for the Dulles Rail project, which would bring Metrorail to Washington Dulles International Airport and on into Loudoun County.
“We can out-build the world with transportation projects that make good jobs. Rail-to-Dulles is ridiculously underfunded by the federal government. There are zero federal dollars for the Loudoun County portion of Dulles Rail. Zero. We need to fix that. Republicans blame construction workers for the underfunding. That is a lie that Democrats must attack.
“We have the brains and bandwidth to produce energy. We can lead the nation in green innovation. That will create generations of new jobs in Northern Virginia,” he said.
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