Speaking to an overflow hotel ballroom of more than 600 energized supporters Feb. 19 in Herndon—and in front of a birthday cake emblazoned with “Happy Birthday Frank”—10th District Rep. Frank Wolf (R) declared his bid for a 16th term in the U.S. Congress.
Wolf, the dean of Virginia’s Congressional delegation, represents an area stretching across Northern Virginia from McLean in Fairfax, to Loudoun and west to Winchester.
With his wife, Carolyn, by his side, Wolf began his remarks with a simple statement – “I work for you.” He noted that there was an opportunity for a Republican Renaissance in Virginia and nationally for the GOP.
The Republican Party should be the alternate party—not just the opposition party, Wolf said. He also declared the GOP has a chance to take back the House majority in upcoming elections for Congress.
The longtime lawmaker—first elected in 1980 – kicked off his re-election campaign by striking familiar themes in his remarks, such as the war on terror, the threat of massive budget deficits and national debts, and one of his signature issues—global human rights.
“America is broke,” Wolf declared. Referencing the $1.6 trillion dollar deficit and $12 trillion national debt, Wolf cautioned there was “a tsunami waiting to swamp this country.”
Citing an oft-used quote, Wolf said, “The test of a moral society is what we leave behind to future generations” as he warned of coming years of fiscal blight.
Wolf, 71, faces national mid-term elections in November in what many see as a critical referendum on President Barack Obama’s administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress.
Democrats so far have a few declared candidates for Wolf’s seat, and observers expect more to enter the race in the coming months. Democrats will hold a primary in June to select their nominee.
Before he gets to the general election, however, Wolf will face a declared intra-party challenger in a Republican primary slated for early June. In his last primary challenge in 2008, Wolf crushed his GOP opponent with 91 percent of the vote.
Wolf, a resident of Vienna, easily won re-election in the heavily Democratic years of 2006 and 2008, with 57 percent and 60 percent, respectively.
“I am running this year based on what I have done and the record I have and how I’ve done it,” Wolf said, ending his speech.
And, with that, out came his birthday cake—and yet another Wolf campaign was kicked off as the audience regaled the lawmaker with a hearty rendition of “Happy Birthday to You.”
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