Del. Bob Marshall enters 10th District race

By Joe Beck

A veteran member of the House of Delegates is joining the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 10th District.

Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, vowed to continue championing the same conservative causes that have marked his 22 years in the General Assembly.

Marshall, 69, showed in an interview Friday that he wouldn’t hesitate to criticize Speaker of the House John Boehner for going too easy on President Obama.

“If I were there, Obama would be clawing for every inch of progress he wants to make,” Marshall said, adding, “Republicans are just rolling with it.”

Marshall’s record in the General Assembly includes authorship of the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage that was ratified by voters in a 2006 referendum. Marshall also recently wrote a letter protesting Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision not to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a federal lawsuit. The letter was signed by 52 of Marshall’s colleagues.

Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk released a decision Thursday scrapping the same-sex marriage ban, although she stayed execution of her decision pending an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond.

Marshall has also sponsored legislation banning partial-birth abortion and sued Democratic Gov. Timothy Kaine in 2007 over a roads plan that the state Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional. The court objected to a provision that would have allowed an unelected panel in Northern Virginia to collect taxes to pay for highways and mass transit.

Marshall’s 13th District in the House of Delegates includes parts of Manassas, Gainesville, Manassas Park and Haymarket. He lost two campaigns for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2008 and 2012.

The 10th District has been represented by retiring U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, since the 1980s.

Marshall said he has represented about one-third of the 10th Congressional District at various times. The district extends from the West Virginia border east through the Winchester area and into Clarke, Loudon, Prince William and Fairfax counties.

The Republican nominee will be decided by a primary to be conducted in 10 polling locations in the 10th District.

Other declared Republican candidates in the race include Del. Barbara Comstock of McLean; Frederick County Board Chairman Richard Shickle; veteran congressional staff member Rob Wasinger; and Tareq Salahi, a regular on a now-defunct TV reality show and part of a husband-wife team that slipped uninvited into a White House state dinner in 2009.

Democrats in the race include Fairfax county supervisor John Foust; Fairfax attorney Richard Bolger; architect/author Sam Kubba; also of Leesburg and David R. Wroblewski, a Marine Corps veteran.

The Democrats are scheduled to choose their candidate at an April 26 convention.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com