Bolling Drops Out of 2013 Race for Governor

Virginia's lieutenant governor made the announcement Wednesday morning.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced Wednesday morning that he is hanging his hat up in the race for governor, likely to clear the way for Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general, to win the Republican nomination.

“For the past seven years I have had the honor of serving as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor and it had been my intention to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor in 2013,” he said in a statement Wednesday morning. “However, not everything we want in life is meant to be.”

Bolling cited a change in the nomination process as his reason for dropping out. In the past, nominees were chosen in a statewide primary, but the 2013 candidates will be chosen at a party convention.

“I reluctantly concluded that the decision to change the method of nomination from a primary to a convention created too many obstacles for us to overcome,” he said.

Bolling said he feared the convention system would only divide the state GOP, inhibiting its ability to reach and help Virginia residents.

“Conventions are by their very nature exclusive, and at a time when we need to be projecting a positive image and reaching out to involve more Virginians in the Republican Party, I am unwilling to be part of a process that could seriously damage our image and appeal,” he said in his statement.

He also said he had been “surprised and disappointed” when Cuccinelli “unexpectedly” announced his candidacy last year.

Cuccinelli, a  staunch conservative and Tea Party favorite, issued a release on his Website this morning after Bolling’s announcement.

“Throughout this race, I have kept to the premise that Bill and I are allies in governance, even if temporary competitors in politics,” Cuccinelli said in the statement. “Bill Bolling is a good man — a true public servant who has worked hard throughout his career to make Virginia a better place to live and raise our families.”

Bolling didn’t reveal whether he intended to run again for lieutenant governor, but said he and his family would look at his options.

“I intend to remain actively involved in the 2013 campaigns — perhaps not as the Republican nominee for Governor, but as a more independent voice, making certain that the candidates keep their focus on the important issues facing our state and offer a positive and realistic vision for effectively and responsibly leading Virginia,” he said.

If Cuccinelli is nominated to run in November 2013, many expect he’ll face Democrat Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the national Democratic National Committee, who announced earlier this month, just after the election, that he intends to run for governor.

White House party-crasher Tareq Salahi has also said he’ll run for the Republican nomination.

Bolling's announcement comes a week after U.S. Sen. Mark Warner announced he would not seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2013.

WestEnder November 30, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Let's hope Bolling runs as an independent!
T Ailshire November 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Agreed Cuccinelli will be nominated by acclamation, and that is a bad thing. Remember the literature Bolling has sent in the past, though. He is one of those Republicans (or Independent, if he has to choose a new label) who believes legislators know more than doctors, that women can't make their own physical and moral choices, and that he gets to rule on whether two people in love can build a family. He's not much better; he's just a bit quieter about it.
Satchmo November 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM
If this is the only choice the Commonwealth can provide for Governor, then I am all for bring in outsiders to petition for the job as Governor.
Isle D Belle November 30, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Just remember that Cuccinelli funds all of his wacky ideas with taxpayer money. We paid for his decision to bring a losing lawsuit to declare the ACA unconstitutional. And really, what was it that he was trying to accomplish - to ensure that the citizens of Virginia could be free to be uninsured so that taxpayers could foot the bill for their medical care when the uninsured could not. How does this make any sense? His devotion to an ultra-conservative agenda is inconsistent with the 21st century and the needs of Virginia citizens. I am not thrilled with McAuliffe, but nothing could make me vote for Cuccinelli.
T Ailshire November 30, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Agreed, but please be precise in language. Cuccinelli is a theocratic conservative. The Republican Party of Virginia (and America, for that matter) has left us libertarian conservatives out in the cold. They're alienating us further by using a convention process, where the good old boys can get together and make their decisions. At his rate, I'll have to vote write-in again -- NONE OF THE ABOVE.


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