RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- In Congressman Frank Wolf's first on camera interview about his decision to not seek reelection, the 17-term republican directed his disappointment at the Obama administration.
"This administration has failed on jobs, the war on poverty, it's failed internationally," said Rep. Wolf.
Speaking to the Northern Virginia Technology Council, he said the United States will either enter a renaissance, or rapid decline, depending on a long term budget deal, and that big ideas area needed.
But he warned of Chinese hackers threatening American businesses and our economy. He stressed the need to invest in science and math.
Congressman Wolf, a devout Christian, says he wants to devote his time to stop persecution of the church.
"If we lose church in the Middle East, the very place that Jesus came from, on the road to Damascus, Paul in Syria, on the road to Damascus, we're going to have a very tough time going to Damascus," said Wolf.
NVTV President Bobbie Kilberg called Wolf irreplaceable. But she is personally supporting Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th), who is running for Wolf's seat.
Wolf says he won't endorse either Republican Delegate Barbara Comstock or State Senator Dick Black who is also running for his seat, until whichever candidate wins the nomination.
GOP leaders have not yet decided whether to have a convention or primary to nominate candidate. Acentia CEO Todd Stottlemyer argues it should be a primary because more people will be able take part. He also says a convention disenfranchises military citizens who may be serving overseas and cannot attend a convention.
Senator Mark Warner also spoke to the NVTC. The democrat is popular among the businesses crowd and has been successful garnering bi-partisan support, but he may soon face his first serious challenge in Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman, who is considering running.
Republicans have started attacking Warner for supporting Obamacare and making the same promise the President did, that people could keep their policies.
"I wish the roll out has been better, it was a fiasco. But what we've got to do is find a willingness to get partners... I've got a dozen different areas where I think this law needs to get fixed," said Warner.
Written by Peggy Fox