Thursday, November 4, 2010

Greg Habeeb announcement to replace Morgan Griffith expected soon

Greg Habeeb in November 2009 announcing vote counts at Holiday Inn Tanglewood

UPDATE: Announcement Monday, 10:00 a.m. at Old Salem Courthouse.

A facebook page “Draft Greg Habeeb” has been set up. It is becoming clear that there is no doubt we have what many say is a “shoe in” candidate for Griffith’s 8th district House of Delegates seat.

Stuart Bain who ran for congress against Bob Goodlatte is a rumored candidate with another unnamed possible contender.

The seat will be filled prior to the January 2011 session.

On condition of anonymity from a high ranking “source in the know” Habeeb is a “yes” though Habeeb himself is remaining coy.

After badgering Habeeb on twitter he finally responded:

“@GregHabeeb I’m a probably. I’m seriously considering it and humbled to have so much local and statewide support.” 8:04 p.m.

Habeeb, 34 is hailed as a rising star. He is a partner at Gentry Locke Rakes and Moore and a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. He is designated as one of the Legal Elite in the Young Lawyer category by Virginia Business magazine.

He is past-chair of the Salem Republican City Committee. The outspoken, never at a loss for words Habeeb worked hard for Griffith’s reelection to the House of Delegates in 2009.

It was a surprise to everyone that Griffith won the 9th congressional seat against 28-year Democratic incumbent Rick Boucher.

It was a mystery as to why Habeeb pulled out of running for 6th district chair earlier this year. He was a “young gun” top pick against Trixie Averill. As the anonymous caller claimed – this was at the time Griffith said “no” to running against Boucher.

Griffith changed his mind and Habeeb dropped out of the 6th district contest saying he would work on Griffith’s campaign. Besides work keeping him busy Habeeb stayed unusually quite during Griffith’s campaign.

According to the caller this was because Habeeb was waiting in the wings keeping a low profile. The caller was sure that Griffith would win against Boucher though it seemed to catch even Griffith by surprise – especially the margin.

The caller feels certain that Griffith will be on the agricultural committee and rules committee. The caller called him a “young gun” though Griffith is 52.

It will be quite a transition for Griffith after being a big fish in a small pond to serving as a freshman congressman.

Greg and his wife Christy and three children live in Salem.

No word on any Democratic opponent. Expect Habeeb’s announcement soon.

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Posted By Valerie Garner

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