CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ed Rabel, former television news correspondent for NBC and CBS, announced on Wednesday he is setting up an "exploratory committee" to consider a run for the House of Representatives from the 2nd Congressional District as a candidate for the Mountain Party.
"I find the Mountain Party platform to be geared to 21st-century needs of West Virginians who're currently mired in the stagnant politics of the other two parties," said Rabel, who said in a news release that he switched his party registration from Democratic to Mountain when he filed his pre-candidacy papers.
The West Virginia native returned to the state more than two years ago following a 40-year reporting career that included coverage of civil rights struggles in the South in the 1960s, combat operations in Vietnam in 1970-1971 and a three-year assignment in Israel between 1971 and 1973, according to the release.
Born in Charleston, Rabel graduated from St. Albans High School and Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston), where he majored in political science and history.
The 2nd District seat is now held by Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who has said she's running for U.S. Senate. Other candidates who have said they're running for the House seat include Democrats Nick Casey, Steven Gower and Meshea Poore and Republicans Larry Faircloth, Robert Fluharty, Steve Harrison, Charlotte Lane, Alex Mooney and Jim Moss.