Longtime State Auditor Glen Gainer says he is seriously considering challenging U.S. Rep. David McKinley when the Republican congressman comes up for re-election in 2014.
Gainer, 53, said Wednesday he is considering a run for Congress because he is "very disgusted with what's going on in Washington."
"It's time people go to Washington that understand compromise is not a dirty word," he said.
He said the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-dominated U.S. Senate are refusing to compromise with one another, passing budgets they know will never survive the other house.
Gainer said Democrats talk only about increasing revenue - that is to say, tax hikes - when looking at ways to solve the national deficit. Republicans want to talk only about cutting spending.
He said neither side is correct, and members of Congress need to cease their posturing and get down to business.
"If you cut every dime out of (the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services), that's only $884 billion. The deficit is greater than that," he said.
"We have a revenue problem and a spending problem in this country. It's going to take both if we're going to get this country turned around.
"I may not be electable because I'm very outspoken about this."
Gainer, a Parkersburg native and University of Charleston alumnus, was first elected State Auditor in 1992. It was his first public office. He replaced his father, Glen Gainer Jr., who had served as auditor for 16 years.
He said his experience as auditor would help him in Congress, as his current job requires him to understand how budgets and governments must operate.