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Fairfax’s John Foust joins two Dems in race to unseat Frank Wolf

Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust announced Dec. 10 a Democratic candidacy to challenge three-decade incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.-10th) in the 2014 election.

Foust joins two other Democrats, Fairfax lawyer Richard Bolger and Leesburg architect Sam Kubba, in a bid to unseat the veteran Republican.

Speaking of his experience as a Fairfax County supervisor, Foust said he has helped balance “six budgets while still delivering quality services to residents” and “expanding full day kindergarten county‐wide.”

“In Fairfax I [have] brought Republicans and Democrats together, worked hard, and got results,” Foust said, “and it’s exactly this problem solving leadership that I’ll bring to Congress.”

The 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee is likely to choose its candidate early in the summer of 2014. The nomination process – be it a primary or convention – hasn't yet been set.

Wolf first won his Northern Virginia seat in 1980, and the Republican hasn't had a single digit-margin contest in the general election since 1982.

Foust has served on the Fairfax County board since 2008, prior to which he worked at several law firms in the Vienna and Tysons Corner area.

As Bolger did in a radio ad earlier this year, Foust, in his announcement, called into question Wolf's leadership amid the government shutdown in October.

“When Congressman Frank Wolf shut down our nation’s government, it became clear just how out of touch Congressman Wolf’s dysfunctional agenda is with the values of Virginia families who want Congress to stop standing in the way of solutions at every turn,” said Foust.

Wolf seemed to play both sides of the 2013 shutdown. He voted with all but two of his Republican colleagues on the House measure that led to the government stoppage, yet he advocated avoiding a shutdown over the Affordable Care Act.

Following the shutdown, Wolf was in the minority of House Republicans calling for Congress to pass a general funding bill not tied to President Barack Obama's health care law.

This story has been updated from an earlier version.

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$24 billion shutdown IS scam, thanks to Wolf & friends.

@reallyfedup, you left off the $600+ million spent on that worthless healthcare website. Talk about a scam. That site could have been done for about $50 million. That’s what happens when you give a sole source contract to a company that doesn’t know what it’s doing and lacks the technical skill set(including govt folks overseeing this debacle).

The opposition of Wolf and the House GOP to Obamacare was futile and worthless showboating.  They voted to repeal it 40 times—perhaps if re-elected they’ll go for 60 times??  The GOP-controlled House works too few days as it is without them wasting the little time they’re in session by repeatedly voting to repeal Obamacare. The House GOP is all about publicity rather than practical governing; it’s denouncing Obamacare while offering anything practical to replace it. They appear to have no idea how to improve healthcare and control its costs, to provide affordable healthcare, or to do anything positive. Their radical members even appear to hate government and despise government employees!

Sadly, Frank Wolf is no leader for moderation of the excesses and nonsense of the radical right that controls the party. The Tea Party radicals control the House GOP and they despise Wolf’s moderate version of Republicanism.

SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: “We believe — and we stand by this — if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-Wash.): “Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it.” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)

SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-Iowa): “One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it; thus, the term ‘grandfathered plans.’ If you have a plan you like — existing policies — you can keep them. … we said, if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in.” (Sen. Harkin, Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)

THEN-REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.): “Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve.” (Rep. Baldwin, Press Release, 3/18/10)

SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-Alaska): “If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it. That you can keep who you want.” (Sen. Begich, Townhall Event, 7/27/09)

SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-Colo.): “We should begin with a basic principle: if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them as well. We will not take that choice away from you.” (Sen. Bennet, Press Release, 6/11/09)

SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-Calif.): “So we want people to be able to keep the health care they have. And the answer to that is choice of plans. And in the exchange, we’re going to have lots of different plans, and people will be able to keep the health care coverage they need and they want.” (Sen. Boxer, Press Release, 2/8/11)

SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-Ohio): “Our bill says if you have health insurance and you like it, you can keep it…”(Sen. Brown, Congressional Record, S.12612, 12/7/09)

SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-Md.): “For the people of Maryland, this bill will provide a rational way in which they can maintain their existing coverage…” (Sen. Cardin, Congressional Record, S.13798, 12/23/09)

SEN. BOB CASEY (D-Pa.): “I also believe this legislation and the bill we are going to send to President Obama this fall will also have secure choices. If you like what you have, you like the plan you have, you can keep it. It is not going to change.” (Sen. Casey, Congressional Record, S.8070, 7/24/09)

SEN. KAY HAGAN (D-N.C.): ‘People who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it’ “We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage.” (“Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired,” National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/18/09)

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-La.): “If you like the insurance that you have, you’ll be able to keep it.” (MSNBC’s Hardball, 12/16/09)

SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-Vt.): “f you like the insurance you now have, keep the insurance you have.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 10/22/09)

SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-N.J.): “If you like what you have, you get to keep it” “Menendez is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to release a bill later this week. He stressed that consumers who are satisfied with their plans won’t have to change. ‘If you like what you have, you get to keep it,’ he said.” (“Health Care Plan Would Help N.J., Menendez Says,” The Record, 6/19/09)

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oreg.): “[E]nsuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it” “The HELP Committee bill sets forward a historic plan that will, for the first time in American history, give every American access to affordable health coverage, reduce costs, and increase choice, while ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it.” (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 7/15/09)

SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-Md.): “It means that if you like the insurance you have now, you can keep it.” (Sen. Mikulski, Press Release, 12/24/09)

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-W.Va.): “I want people to know, the President’s promise that if you like the coverage you have today you can keep it is a pledge we intend to keep.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Hearing, 9/23/09)

SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.): “If you like the insurance you have, you can choose to keep it.” (Sen. Reed, Town Hall Event, 6/25/09)

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.): “‘If you have coverage you like, you can keep it,’ says Sen. Sanders.” (“Sick And Wrong,” Rolling Stone, 4/5/10)

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-N.H.): ‘if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it’ “My understanding … is that … if you have health coverage that you like you can keep it. As I said, you may have missed my remarks at the beginning of the call, but one of the things I that I said as a requirement that I have for supporting a bill is that if you have health coverage that you like you should be able to keep that. …under every scenario that I’ve seen, if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it.” (Sen. Shaheen, “Health Care Questions From Across New Hampshire,” Accessed 11/13/13)

SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-Mich.): “As someone who has a large number of large employers in my state, one of the things I appreciate about the chairman’s mark is — is the grandfathering provisions, the fact that the people in my state, 60 percent of whom have insurance, are going to be able to keep it. And Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that. That’s a strong commitment. It’s clear in the bill … I appreciate the strong commitment on your part and the president to make sure that if you have your insurance you can keep it. That’s the bottom line for me.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)

SEN. JON TESTER (D-Mont.): “‘If you like your coverage, you’ll be able to keep it,’ Tester said, adding that if Medicare changes, it will only become stronger”. (“Tester In Baker To Discuss Health Care,” The Fallon County Times, 11/20/09)

SEN. TOM UDALL (D-N.Mex.): “Some worried reform would alter their current coverage. It won’t. If you like your current plan, you can keep it.” (“What I Learned: About Health Care Reform This Summer, By Your Lawmakers In Congress,” Albuquerque Journal, 9/8/09)

SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-R.I.): “…it honors President Obama’s programs and the promise of all of the Presidential candidates that if you like the plan you have, you get to keep it. You are not forced out of anything.”(Sen. Whitehouse, Congressional Record, S.8668, 8/3/09)

Jeff Barnett pulled a whooping 35% against Congressman Wolf and still doesn’t get it. Wolf takes every challenger seriously, and his crossover support will not suffer because of one vote. The democrats want to make this election about the shut down which is about #293 on people’s list of gripes.

Wolfe had been good for my career, as a Fed.  I voted for him many times in the past.  However, after this latest shutdown, I vowed to vote against every incumbent.  I cannot support someone who does not support my livelihood.

Frank Wolf voted to shut down the government because of this debacle called the ACA otherwise known as Obamacare. Frank Wolf was correct with his vote because he tried to save his district and the rest of the Country from this ill-fated, disastrous law. All who don’t support him need to get their head out of the sand.

Frank has been MIA for 33 years. He’s done nothing. He always seems to look into issues after several years after the fact(Greenway, Dulles Toll Rd, MWAA). He’s as corrupt as all in DC. Hoping most incumbents are defeated.

Jeff is right.  Wolf’s display this fall was a slimy career politician at its worst.  After shutting down the government, “fiscal conservative” Frank Wolf was also onboard to sponsor a bill for back pay for feds. 

Make up your mind Frank.  You can’t play with the TP and then come home to the feds.  This guy seems to think he can vote with his party, but then come back to a district full of federal employees and fool them into thinking he cares.  Never mind the decades he spent voting for deficit spending with Reagan, Bush, and Bush Jr.  I guess he is a deficit hawk now?  Or is he just focused on beating up the Dulles Greenway?

Frank Wolf’s record is pathetic for a man who has apparently spent 33 years in “public service”.  Can he show one significant accomplishment that benefited this country?  A bill sponsored?  Working to get votes?  He apparently can’t get a leadership position after all this time. 

All I see is a guy who has drawn from the public till for 33 years and will continue to with his generous pension and health benefits, even when he does do everyone a favor and steps aside.  Retire Frank.  Go enjoy the pension I’ll be paying for and 33 years of a healthy salary for part time work.

We love Wolf in the 10th. The 10th district has given Wolf an average vote percentage of 65%. Foust better bring more than lame DNC talking points to go up against a Grandmaster Politician like Wolf with massive support, funding, and a gerrymandered district that isn’t friendly to Democrats.

On Sunday, September 29, 2013, Frank Wolf voted to shut down the federal government. The next day he called for the House to reverse this vote, but the damage was already done. Anyone can see his vote at: http://www.gop.gov/votes/113/1/498

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