West Virginia: Mooney Says ‘No Final Decisions’ Made on House Race

Posted March 12, 2013 at 10:02am

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Tuesday that he has moved to West Virginia but cautioned “no final decisions have been made” on a future run for office.

“Now I am working on a book about door to door campaigning and politics, which will take at least a couple months,” Mooney said in an email, chalking up his delayed response to overseas travel.

On Monday, multiple sources said Mooney had conversations this weekend about running for the open 2nd District seat in West Virginia. Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is leaving that seat to run for Senate in 2014.

Mooney has about $37,000 leftover in his campaign account from an abandoned bid for Maryland’s 6th district last year, according to a Federal Election Commission spokeswoman. Mooney could transfer those reserves to a race in West Virginia.

Mooney was a controversial figure in Maryland Republican politics until he stepped down as his party’s chairman earlier this year.