Monday, December 5, 2011

Va. Governor's Race 2012- #3467 - Cuccinelli Bid Upsets Bolling, Backers at Retreat - Washington Times

Hundreds of Virginia Republicans gathered over the weekend at the posh Homestead resort for their annual retreat, with the talk being dominated by an unexpected topic: the 2013 gubernatorial race and last week’s surprise entry by Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. Mr. Cuccinelli’s bombshell announcement that he would challenge Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling left Virginia Republicans and Bolling supporters here wondering how the lieutenant governor would handle the issue. “I wish I didn’t have to say anything about 2013,” Mr. Bolling said Saturday in an address that elicited laughter and tears. “Unfortunately, because of the events of the past few days, we no longer have that opportunity.” On Thursday, he issued a quick, sharp response accusing Mr. Cuccinelli of putting “his own personal ambition ahead of the best interests of the commonwealth and the Republican Party.” On Saturday, however, Mr. Bolling tried instead to put a hold on what is likely to be a bitter, expensive battle for the nomination. “Now is not that time. What happens in 2012, the [possible] election of a Republican U.S. senator in Virginia and a Republican president, is of far more importance to the future of the country than what happens to Bill Bolling or Ken Cuccinelli in 2013,” he said to a standing ovation...........“Cuccinelli is an intellectual heavyweight,” said Gary C. Byler, a longtime GOP activist and chairman of the state’s 2nd Congressional District Republican Committee. “He’s a philosophical leader.”  “We all appreciate what Bill Bolling’s done for the party,” he said. “Nobody I’ve spoken to has said anything bad about Bill Bolling. They’re just excited about Ken Cuccinelli.”  Read entire article........

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