|State Sen. Dick Black will not challenge fellow Republican Barbara Comstock, a Virginia state delegate, for the 2014 GOP nomination to succeed Congressman Frank Wolf. Times-Mirror File Photo|
Virginia state Sen. Dick Black (R-13th) will not wage a campaign to succeed U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.-10th) in Congress, according to 10th Congressional District Republican Committee Chairman John Whitbeck.
"Sen. Dick Black not running for Congress to defend 13th Dist. Senate Seat," Mr. Whitbeck noted this evening on Twitter, adding the hashtags #TeamPlayer #VA10.
Mr. Black previously announced he would challenge state Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th) for the GOP nomination in this year's congressional race.
Mr. Black's decision comes the same day a pack of Congressman Wolf loyalists and former staffers endorsed Ms. Comstock, herself a former aide to Mr. Wolf.
Mr. Wolf stunned national and local politicos in December when he announced he wouldn't seek re-election in 2014. He first rode to Congress among the Reagan Revolution wave of 1980.
Mr. Black, a hard-line conservative and one of the fiercest pro-life advocates in the Virginia General Assembly, has served in the state Senate since 2012. He was a member of the House of Delegates for seven years before losing a re-election bid in 2005.
The Virginia GOP's 10th Congressional district committee, like the corresponding Democratic committee, has yet to determine its nomination process.
On the Democratic side, two-term Fairfax Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) of McLean is considered the frontrunner. Leesburg architect and author Sam Kubba (D) and Fairfax attorney Richard Bolger (D) are also seeking their party's nomination.
The Democrats will hold a meeting in early February to determine their nomination process.