By Kyle Balluck
Rep. Nick RahallNick RahallWest Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth Lobbying World MORE (D-W.Va.) was talked out of retiring by Democratic leadership who promised him more campaign funds, according to a report.
Rahall “was about to retire a couple of weeks ago,” CNN’s John King said Sunday morning on “Inside Politics.” “And the leadership convinced him not to do that. And they promised him there'd be more money coming in.”
Rahall, a longtime House Democrat, is a top Republican target in a state where Obama has been deeply unpopular.
The House Democratic campaign committee recently added him to its “Frontline” list of members that need the most help saving their seat in November.
Rahall in March told The Hill that he supported former President George W. Bush more than President Obama.
“There’s no question my critics try to blame Obama-Rahall for everything,” Rahall said. “I mean, the snow blitz that’s coming tonight is probably Obama-Rahall’s fault. And they won’t have that to do two years from now, so it’s obvious they’re leaving no stone unturned to defeat me this time. Because it’s the last time they’ll have Obama around! It’s that simple.”
“I will support him when he’s good for West Virginia, and I will oppose him when he’s bad for West Virginia,” Rahall said.
Asked if Obama had been good for West Virginia overall, he replied, “Probably not.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee last month dismissed Rahall’s bid to distance himself from Obama, citing his support for Democratic budget proposals and the original healthcare law in 2010.
“If Nick Rahall is looking to blame someone for his problems he should look in the mirror,” NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said. “His support of Obama certainly isn’t going to help him, but its Rahall’s own record of voting against West Virginia’s economic interests that is going to sink him in November.”
Rahall is facing a state Senator Evan Jenkins in his reelection bid. Jenkins switched to the GOP to challenge Rahall.
--Russell Berman contributed to this report.