There are some rumors floating around here in Roanoke that Sam Rasoul, who is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Congressman Bob Goodlatte, is actually a Republican. Apparently Sam's thinking is that he is young and wants to make a name for himself and running as a Democrat is the most convenient way to make a splash.
Drew Richardson of Augusta County is also vying for the Democrat nomination. Conventional wisdom suggests that a candidate from the Roanoke area would have the advantage. But if a rumor like this picks up some momentum, Rasoul could have a much more difficult fight on his hands. No candidate in a nomination fight wants to have to defend his party allegiance. This race hasn't drawn much attention as of yet, but a contentious and divisive nomination fight would of course benefit Republican Bob Goodlatte.