Retired Col. Chris Perkins has jumped through the procedural hoops and appears set to challenge for the 11th Congressional District seat currently warmed by Democratic incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly. From a press release we learn that Perkins has also lined-up some endorsements:

…including Michael “Spike” Williams (Republican nominee for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman), Miller Baker (Republican nominee for State Senate District 39), ... Brian Schoeneman (Republican nominee for House of Delegates District 37), and Bill Cooper (Republican nominee for Fairfax County Sheriff). Perkins has also earned national endorsements of his candidacy from Republican leaders like Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) and the Combat Veterans for Congress PAC.

Also endorsing him was Chris Royse, the Republican nominee for Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Woodbridge District.

All well and good. But Connolly has a demonstrated knack for overcoming Republican challengers with endorsements and money. Having a Democratic district doesn’t hurt, either.

Still, Perkins has a sterling bio — the sort that ought to make Republican hearts beat a bit faster. We’ll see if that, plus his list of issues, can give Gerry the serious challenge he deserves.

Norman Leahy blogs at Bearing Drift. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.