One potential Northern Virginia GOP congressional candidate backed another Tuesday, as former House representative Artur Davis (Ala.) heaped praise on Ron Meyer’s exploratory bid against Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.).
Meyer, a 23-year-old activist who has worked for a handful of conservative groups, said last week that he was considering a 2014 campaign to unseat Connolly from the Fairfax-based 11th district, which was previously competitive but was made much safer for Democrats in the last round of redistricting.
Davis, meanwhile, has been mulling a run of his own in the commonwealth. Previously a Democratic congressman and gubernatorial candidate from Alabama, he has become a Republican and Virginia resident. At the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend — where Davis spoke — he called Meyer ”young and energetic” in an interview with Breitbart News Network, and he reiterated that point in an e-mail Tuesday.
“I think Ron Meyer is a very promising young man who is exactly the kind of individual Republicans in Virginia need to be developing,” Davis said. “An entirely new face whose youth make such a statement in its own right is also a good contrast to a career clock puncher like Gerry Connolly. I am encouraging Meyer and will help him in any way I can.”