The son of retiring Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, has disclosed he is backing the Democrat vying for the open House seat in November and doing so with a hefty campaign contribution.

Bobby Goodlatte announced via Twitter over the weekend that he contributed the maximum amount allowed to Jennifer Lewis’ congressional campaign. Lewis, a Democrat, is running against Republican Benjamin Cline in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, which covers much of the Shenandoah Valley, from Roanoke to Lynchburg and north to Front Royal.

Cline and Lewis are vying for the seat held by Bob Goodlatte, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Bob Goodlatte announced last year he would not run after serving 13 terms in the seat.

“I just gave the maximum allowed donation to Jennifer Lewis, a democrat running for my father’s congressional seat,” Bobby Goodlatte stated in a tweet. “I’ve also gotten 5 other folks to commit to donating the max. 2018 is the year to flip districts – let’s do this!”

Federal election laws allow an individual to contribute up to $2,700 to a political campaign.

Bobby Goodlatte posted on Twitter at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday “Please please please donate to @JenniferForVA. This is how we show that we’re tired of the lack of decorum in Congress.”

Lewis responded Monday to Bobby Goodlatte’s Twitter announcement in an email from campaign manager Josh Stanfield.

“I appreciate Bobby’s generous donation and his confidence in our campaign and bold message,” Lewis’ statement reads. “I’m thrilled to work alongside a Goodlatte from now until November – we need the broadest coalition possible to return power to the people of Virginia’s Sixth.”

Neither Cline’s campaign nor Congressman Goodlatte’s office responded to a request for comment Monday.

Bobby Goodlatte states on his Facebook page that he grew up in Roanoke and now lives in San Francisco, having studied computer science at Duke University.

Federal Election Commission data as of Monday shows the 6th District race as the second lowest in the state in terms of campaign fundraising at a total of $465,807 by both candidates.

Cline has raised $393,129 compared to Lewis with $72,679. Only the race for the 3rd District – in which U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Newport News,  runs unopposed – shows a lesser amount raised at $356,126.

The race for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District remains at the top with fundraising between U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, and her opponent, state Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, totaling $5.72 million. Comstock, the Republican incumbent, has raised $3.79 million compared to Wexton’s $1.92 million.

The non-partisan Cook Political Report and other election handicappers rate the 6th Congressional District seat as solid Republican.

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