First elected to the House of Representatives 20 years ago, Republican Bob Goodlatte knows the political landscape in western Virginia, but his Democratic challenger Andy Schmookler believes voters in the 6th District are deeply dissatisfied with Washington, and they're ready for a change.
Goodlatte says a vote for him is a vote for limited government and individual responsibility, less spending on programs taxpayers can't afford and fewer regulations that stifle small business. "So balancing the budget," Goodlatte told us, "cutting back on government spending and empowering individuals to seek their own futures is what my campaign is all about."
Schmookler says many of the people he's met believe government isn't working for them. He says he will put the interests of average Americans ahead of the powerful few. "This transferrance of power and wealth to a few is going to continue until we stop it," Schmookler said in an interview. "And that means that the pain we're in now, can be a wake-up call or it can just be a harbinger of darker times to come. That's why I'm running."
Goodlatte holds a 10 to 1 edge in fundraising along with the benefits of being a ten-term incumbent, but if voters see there is a real alternative, Schmookler says, we could see a political earthquake on Tuesday.