Name recognition won't help a controversial FBI figure if he runs for a Virginia congressional seat, says a longtime political scientist.
10th District Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and as a result she has brought on the ire of a former Obama political appointee who has launched an effort to draft Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to challenge her in November.
Mike Michener contends that Comstock is helping protect President Trump from the Russia investigation and he is encouraging fellow Democrats to pledge their support to get McCabe in the race.
Dr. Charles Dunn , professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, says McCabe it's possible that McCabe could be a serious challenger.
"But right now he is damaged goods," says Dunn, "and if I were in the Democratic Party I would want someone who is not as damaged as he is."
Dunn says that damage can outweigh McCabe's name recognition.
"His wife ran and lost," Dunn says of McCabe. "His wife accepted money that she shouldn't have accepted. So, yes, high name recognition but he also offers Republicans significant issues to attack him on."
Comstock, meanwhile, has established herself well and proven she can win an election, Dunn advises.