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More politicians express interest in U.S. House seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The list of state politicians interested in Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's U.S. House seat continues to grow.

And former state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Callaghan is apparently the first Democrat to say he could run for U.S. Senate in 2014 if Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is not on the ballot.

Capito, R-W.Va., announced this week she would run for Senate in 2014.

Rockefeller holds that seat. But the senator, 75, has not made clear what he intends to do in 2014.

Callaghan said, "I have an interest in running for the Senate seat should Jay Rockefeller decide not to run. I likewise have an interest in running for the 2nd Congressional District should Senator Rockefeller decide to run for reelection."

Callaghan lost to Capito in the 2006 House race.

Sen. Clark Barnes, R-Randolph, has been mentioned as a possible candidate.

"I'm appreciative that they are floating my name," Barnes said.

Barnes ran for governor in 2011 but lost in the primary.

Former Republican Secretary of State Betty Ireland said she had received messages from people about making a run. She also thinks the 2nd District is "amenable" to electing another woman, but she said she has yet to think about it.

"I just had not really given it any thought," Ireland said.

Ireland also ran for governor in 2011 but also lost in the primary.

Anne Barth, the former aide to Robert Byrd who unsuccessfully challenged Capito in 2008, said she was "not even sure what I'm having for supper tonight" much less what she would be doing in 2014.

"In all seriousness, I have a job now that I like very much that keeps me very busy, and I haven't given any thought to campaigning," she said in an email.

Contact writer Ry Rivard at or 304-348-1796. Follow him at



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