He has joined the chorus of those speaking out against the regulatory environment for the coal industry and he has been an open critic of the Affordable Health Care law.
"I can understand why those most frustrated with what's going on in Washington and the assault on the coal industry are looking to me," Jenkins told me.
Republicans are salivating at the possibility of flipping Jenkins, particularly because he's a deep-rooted Cabell County resident.
Cabell is the most populous county in the 3rd district, and it's historically been solid for Rahall. A Jenkins candidacy could offset that.
The West Virginia Republican Party believes it has momentum going into 2014, especially with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito at the top of the ticket in the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring.
A Jenkins conversion would not only add to that momentum, but also give the GOP a viable candidate in the 3rd District.
Look for Jenkins to make a decision pretty quickly.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.