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Bolling Suspends/Withdraws from Contest for VA Governor 2013
email | 11-18-12 | Bill Bolling

Posted on 11/28/2012 6:17:35 AM PST by EDINVA

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I am writing to advise you that after a great deal of consideration I have decided to suspend my campaign for the Republican Party's nomination for Governor of Virginia. Needless to say, this was a very difficult decision for me, and I know it will come as a surprise and disappointment to you, but I am confident it is the right decision.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
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Friends,

When I was growing up my dad was a coal miner and my mom waited tables. We didn't have much, but my parents instilled in me a love of Virginia. I never dreamed that I would one day have a chance to help lead this wonderful state, but thanks to you, that has been my privilege.

Throughout my 21 years in public service I have done my best to stand strong for our shared conservative values, while at the same time working with Republicans and Democrats to get things done in state government. I think that effort has been successful, and I hope you agree.

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. However, not everything we want in life is meant to be.

I am writing to advise you that after a great deal of consideration I have decided to suspend my campaign for the Republican Party's nomination for Governor of Virginia. Needless to say, this was a very difficult decision for me, and I know it will come as a surprise and disappointment to you, but I am confident it is the right decision.

Four years ago I decided to set my personal ambition to be Governor aside and join with Bob McDonnell to create a united Republican ticket. Time has proven the wisdom of that decision. Governor McDonnell and I were elected in 2009 by historic margins, and for the past three years we have successfully worked together to get Virginia back on the right track.

I had hoped that Attorney General Cuccinelli and I would be able to form that same kind of united Republican ticket in 2013. However, late last year Mr. Cuccinelli unexpectedly announced that he intended to challenge me for the Republican Party's nomination for Governor.

While I was surprised and disappointed by Mr. Cuccinelli's decision, I was confident in my ability to win our party's nomination for Governor in a statewide primary election, which was the method of nomination that had previously been adopted by the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.

However, in June of this year the newly constituted State Central Committee voted to change the manner in which we will nominate our candidates in 2013 from a statewide primary to a closed party convention. While I did not support that decision, it had a dramatic impact on the 2013 campaign.

For the past several months my campaign team has worked hard to restructure our campaign to effectively compete in the convention process. While we have made a great deal of progress, 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.

In addition, I know how divisive conventions can be, and I was concerned that a prolonged campaign between Mr. Cuccinelli and me could create deep divisions within our party. The convention process would have forced Republican activists to take sides against their friends in local committees all across our state. The wounds that can develop from that type of process are often difficult to heal.

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.

While it may have been in my self-interest to have continued the campaign and done my best to win without regard to the consequences of those actions, I have never chosen to place my self-interest ahead of our Party's best interest, and I will not do so now.

I know that my decision will surprise most people and disappoint many people, but I'm confident it is the right decision. I hope that my friends and supporters, as well as those who have chosen to support Mr. Cuccinelli, will respect and appreciate the reasons for my decision.

It has been a great honor to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia for the past seven years, and I wouldn’t trade the experiences and opportunities we have had for anything in the world. You helped make that possible, and for that I will always be grateful.

I look forward to serving the remainder of my term as Lieutenant Governor and as Virginia's Chief Jobs Creation Officer, and working with Governor McDonnell and the rest of our great team to build a better Virginia.

I want to personally thank everyone who has done so much to support Jean Ann and me over the years, and I especially want to thank the thousands of people who had already pledged their support to my campaign for Governor. Your support means more to us than words can express. My greatest regret in suspending my campaign is the thought that I have let you down.

In the coming days Jean Ann and I will be evaluating our future political options. I love Virginia and I value public service a great deal. I assure you that I will continue to look for ways to make a contribution to the public life of our Commonwealth.

I can tell you this, 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.

Thanks again for your friendship, confidence and support. It is a privilege to serve you, and I look forward to seeing you soon in our travels across Virginia.

Sincerely,

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling

1 posted on 11/28/2012 6:17:46 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: HokieMom; randita

for your VA ping list(s)


2 posted on 11/28/2012 6:18:49 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Good.


3 posted on 11/28/2012 6:26:36 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: EDINVA
Thanks for the post ~ no Cucinelli didn't mess him up ~ HE, Bill Bolling, messed everybody else up with shenanigans used to ensure that his boy, Mitt Romney, would be the only serious candidate to get into the Virginia Republican Presidential primary.

Then, Romney lost ~ big time, and not just Romney lost in Virginia ~ as predicted when you do things that discourage your own party supporters from voting, that will happen ~ they won't vote ~ not then, and not in the general election.

We don't need another Virginia governor who has no understanding of the psychology of the electorate. Every time we get one he turns into one of the Congress' more stupid Senators and it's just not worth it.

4 posted on 11/28/2012 6:27:03 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: EDINVA

Once again, the Pubbies convene a circular firing squad. Which leads me to wonder who our next Dem governor will be? Terry Macauliff (sp)? Sheesh.


5 posted on 11/28/2012 6:30:03 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: tgusa

Oh come on. Bill Bolling is the epitome of the GOPe that is strangling, or at least attemmpting to strangle, conservatism. Ken Cuccinelli is a much better alternative.


6 posted on 11/28/2012 6:32:03 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: tgusa
Oh come on. Bill Bolling is the epitome of the GOPe that is strangling, or at least attemmpting to strangle, conservatism. Ken Cuccinelli is a much better alternative.

Bolling is whining because he thinks that it's his turn and Cuccinelli won't let him have the ball. I'm sick of that kind of politics in the GOP. It's given us losers as candidates for my entire lifetime with the exception of Ronald Reagan And GW Bush. I'll gladly support Ken Cuccinelli. We need a Governor who's going to have the balls to stand up to obama and his commissars.

7 posted on 11/28/2012 6:34:53 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: pgkdan

Sorry you misunderstood my comment. I would have voted for Cucinelli in the primary had I had the chance. I just happen to think that a primary is better than a convention. Just one Virginian’s opinion.


8 posted on 11/28/2012 6:35:48 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: EDINVA

Bolling has a streak of establishmentarianism that rubs conservatives the wrong way. If this move results in Cuccinelli’s election as governor, all the better. Though Virginia disappointed me with its going blue for Obama again, generally, the governor’s race brings the opposite result. Next year, the electorate will be a smaller, more conservative subset of the overall. Plus... McAuliffe is an obnoxious turd.


9 posted on 11/28/2012 6:38:43 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: pgkdan
Bolling should have bowed out more graciously. He could run for LG again setting himself up to challenge Warner.

Congratulating Cuccinelli and staying away from the whining would have served Bill a lot better. We must break up the Establishment/Consultant complex in the GOP.

10 posted on 11/28/2012 6:41:20 AM PST by Credo
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To: Credo

Bolling claims he is “bowing out” for the good of the party, just like he did in 2009.

In both cases, he only left AFTER pushing hard to win the nomination and then seeing how his moderate candidacy was not getting traction with Republicans.

Honor would be dropping out the week after Cuccinelli announced. Bolling stayed and fought and was way behind in the polls, just like in 2009, then decided to withdraw “for the good of the party”.

A little honesty would be great, Mr. Bolling.

We VA Republicans are about to start our Annual Advance (Retreat) in VA Beach this weekend. At last year’s advance, Bolling was the only Gov. candidate there (Ken was on a FoxNews panel for the Pres. Candidates)got all the speeches and airtime...yet the lapel stickers were 80% for Cuccinelli and 20% for Bolling.

The writing was on the wall a year ago......


11 posted on 11/28/2012 6:59:01 AM PST by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
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To: Credo

Well, that’s fine and dandy. When Cuccinelli is defeated in a landslide in November, we will all be able to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.


13 posted on 11/28/2012 7:02:15 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: EDINVA
Two things: the convention was changed from a 'coronation' of the next GOP-e 'loyal soldier' in line for a big reward to a competition between candidates AND .... the Tea Party (unruly Republican activists) is still a force to be reckoned with around here. :-) I am very glad he surrendered .. uh, stepped down .... even if it is Bush's Cucci's fault. /sarc
14 posted on 11/28/2012 7:04:18 AM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Defeated in a landslide? By Terry McAuliffe?


15 posted on 11/28/2012 7:05:03 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

McAuliffe would LOSE in a landslide! I expect the Dims will now try to draft Perellio or Mark Warner because they know Cuccinelli will be very hard to beat.


16 posted on 11/28/2012 7:07:57 AM PST by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
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To: EDINVA; Mad Dawg; JPG; Hawthorn; Paisan; ConservativeOrBust; VA_Gentleman; seekthetruth; ...

Virginia Ping! If you want on or off the Virginia Ping List, please freepmail me.

17 posted on 11/28/2012 7:09:44 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Gopher Broke

Agreed. Not sure about Warner tho. He made a huge announcement that he isn’t going to run for governor.
That is not to say he couldn’t be ‘convinced.’


18 posted on 11/28/2012 7:13:36 AM PST by iceskater (Enjoy your chains, comrades.)
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To: Gopher Broke

Warner already said he won’t run for Governor next year. I never saw that there was any advantage in it for him. He’s the senior senator (for life), but as Gov couldn’t even run to succeed himself. What’s the advantage there?


19 posted on 11/28/2012 7:14:51 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Bill Bolling is a turd.


20 posted on 11/28/2012 7:14:51 AM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: Gopher Broke
Cuccinelli responds to Bolling announcement Bearing Drift.
21 posted on 11/28/2012 7:25:44 AM PST by Credo
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To: tgusa
I prefer the convention method. It allows the activists in the party to choose the nominee. They are the ones who will be doing most of the gruntwork in the campaign. And primaries are more expensive and drain candidates' resources prior to the general election.

In VA we have open primaries and no registration by party. Anyone can vote to choose the GOP nominee. I prefer Reps to choose our nominee.

22 posted on 11/28/2012 7:29:07 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

We will have to agree to disagree on this subject.


23 posted on 11/28/2012 7:35:52 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: tgusa

Regardless, Ken would have won in either a convention or a primary. I will be a convention delegate and vote for him.


24 posted on 11/28/2012 7:45:03 AM PST by kabar
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To: Gopher Broke

>I expect the Dims will now try to draft Perellio or Mark Warner because they know Cuccinelli will be very hard to beat.<

There have already been some very positive, yet vague, commercials featuring Warner and how he’ll promote sound energy practices. I’d guess he’s already begun to campaign.


25 posted on 11/28/2012 7:46:57 AM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

The Dems will devote the coming year to macaca’ing Cuccinelli. That’s a given.

However, in ‘10 Cuccinelli actually got more votes than either McDonnell or Bolling. He’d been elected to the House of Delegates repeatedly from one of the bluest districts in the state He has a good electoral record.

The leading (and at the moment only) Dem running is Terry McAuliffe who couldn’t win his party’s nomination in a primary years ago.

Unless the ‘12 electorate shows up, Cuccinelli should be in good shape.


26 posted on 11/28/2012 7:47:40 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Our Democrat-controlled newspaper has an obsessive hatred of Cuccinelli. That tells me that Cuccinelli is my man.


27 posted on 11/28/2012 7:48:09 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Darnright

Why would Warner give up his Senate seat to be Governor again? especially considering that McDonnell will be running for Senate in 2014.


28 posted on 11/28/2012 8:31:56 AM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: pgkdan

Well, this letter shows one difference between Bolling and other GOPe types: he is withdrawing rather than salting the earth.


29 posted on 11/28/2012 8:42:08 AM PST by dangus
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To: ScottinVA

VA went “blue” because voter fraud made it so.


30 posted on 11/28/2012 9:07:32 AM PST by albie
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To: ClayinVA

>Why would Warner give up his Senate seat to be Governor again? especially considering that McDonnell will be running for Senate in 2014.<

Well, the ads don’t state, “Warner for Senate”. They’re extremely vague, but they’re resoundingly positive. It could well be he’s getting a head start on a Senate re-election bid. That said, there’s been a bit of churn that wants him to run for Governor. Only time will tell.


31 posted on 11/28/2012 9:23:21 AM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: EDINVA

Good. Virginia needs a committed conservative as governor, not another wimpy middle-of-the-roader.

Go, Cuccinelli!


32 posted on 11/28/2012 9:31:37 AM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

I’m a bit disappointed that Cuccineli’s first blast email after the Bolling withdrawal was basically ONLY a fundraising letter. He mentioned Bolling’s withdrawal in passing. I actually found it tacky.


33 posted on 11/28/2012 10:02:41 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Want some cheese to go with that whine, Cap’n ?


34 posted on 11/28/2012 10:03:42 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Gopher Broke

While the drubbing we conservatives took Nov 6th makes me wary of predicting ANYTHING these days as far as VA voters are concerned...
McAuliffe is white and it’s an “off” year election so guess who will be staying home...


35 posted on 11/28/2012 10:07:01 AM PST by matginzac
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To: albie

And I totally agree with your sentiment, too...
Can’t seem to “hide” the extra votes as well in a statewide election as you can nationally...


36 posted on 11/28/2012 10:08:41 AM PST by matginzac
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To: pgkdan

it’s Cuccinelli turn ~ Bolling’s time has come and gone.


37 posted on 11/28/2012 10:19:45 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: tgusa

As Romney’s crowd proved Virginia’s primary system is corrupt beyond fixing. it’s time to turn back to something more in tune with reality ~ the CONVENTION


38 posted on 11/28/2012 10:21:25 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: ScottinVA
McAuliffe couldn't even get the Democrats to vote for him ~ no idea why he's running here again. Must be a streak of masochism in him.
39 posted on 11/28/2012 10:23:25 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Gabz; Captain Jack Aubrey

That happens only when the ku-kluxers in Southside show up to vote for a white Democrat they think harbors old time thoughts ~ like they did for Webb.


40 posted on 11/28/2012 10:28:30 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: kabar

With open primaries and no party registration available the convention is THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC WAY to select a candidate. Otherwise we’d just be handing over the choice to the anti-semitic and fasicstic Democrats in Alexandria and Arlington to do the job ~ and that jus’ ain’t right!


41 posted on 11/28/2012 10:31:18 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: EDINVA
Tacky target, tacky message.

Bolling knows what he's done ~ he should have slunk away.

42 posted on 11/28/2012 10:37:39 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

“McAuliffe couldn’t even get the Democrats to vote for him ... Must be a streak of masochism in him.”

Hard to understand. He was never a charming or endearing person. After he lost the primary some years ago, he went underground and hadn’t been heard of by the general public until this past month when his gubernatorial ambitions again came to light.

That is in marked (if you will ) contrast to Mark Warner who took advantage of his race against JOHN Warner to build name ID, and then stay in the public eye until there was a viable race for him to run and win.

McAuliffe doesn’t seem to have contemplated a long term strategy to be elected governor. Perhaps he’s counting on the same voting public as Obama enjoyed in ‘12. I don’t see that happening. (but what do I know?)


43 posted on 11/28/2012 11:23:08 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Just remember, there was no way Kaine was ever going to be elected governor. The former mayor of Richmond? Get real. There was no way Mark Warner was ever going to be elected governor. From Connecticut? Never held office before? There was no way either were ever going to be elected to the US Senate, either.

And there is no way McAuliffe will ever be elected governor.

And, actually, I would like some toasted cheese to go with my port, if you have any.


44 posted on 11/28/2012 11:46:30 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey; Impy; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; Skulllspitter

First off, you should well remember that since the ‘70s, VA has tended to vote contrary to the Presidency in its Gubernatorial races. The last time it didn’t was 1973, and even then, Mills Godwin only barely won over the moonbat Henry Howell. From 1977 onward, it has voted like clockwork against the WH party: for Republican John Dalton; 1981 for Democrat Chuck Robb; 1985 for Dem Gerry Baliles; 1989 for Dem Doug Wilder; 1993 for GOPer George Allen; 1997 for GOPer Jim Gilmore; 2001 for Dem Mark Warner; 2005 for Dem Tim Kaine; 2009 for GOPer Bob McDonnell. I expect Cuccinelli will continue the trend next year, especially given that Willard will not be in the WH.

If you have some miraculous information that Cuccinelli will lose next year, please share it. I might remind you that he also received a higher % of the vote than Bolling did, and Bolling should’ve performed better given that he was already an incumbent running for reelection and Cuccinelli was making his first run for statewide office.

As for Kaine and Mark Warner, both lucked out in races running against Republicans who ran poor campaigns. Although I supported it then, I realize now that George Allen’s retread candidacy was a fiasco. We should’ve run someone else against Kaine.


45 posted on 11/28/2012 2:31:51 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Captain Jack Aubrey; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; Skulllspitter
>> Although I supported it then, I realize now that George Allen’s retread candidacy was a fiasco. We should’ve run someone else against Kaine. <<

I had serious qualms about giving Allen a second shot at it (although I felt a little more confident about it after Webb announced he wouldn't be running for re-election), and it turns out that Allen was indeed the wrong choice. I still can't believe Romney managed to lose Virginia to Obama, but I think Allen still ran behind Romney in most parts of the same. 1994 Allen didn't show up for the campaign, 2006 Allen did.

I think Shaheen will be re-elected in N.H. if they try the same strategy and recycle John "my daddy was Governor" Sununu for a rematch. (even though 2014 should a terrible year for the RATs overall). Shades of the Wellstone vs. Boschwitz rematch. We're trying the same thing over again after voters kicked out these Senators six years ago and still don't like 'em. It's not going to change anymore than Stephenson vs. Einsenhower in 1956 helped the RATs.

Cuccinelli should be elected Governor easily next year, especially with the backlash against the national RATs. But it's troubling that Virginia used to be very reliable for us in Presidential elections and seems to have become a very centrist swing state in recent years, allowing the marxist Obama to win it twice. It's almost as if Virginia and West Virgina have switched sides. West Virginia was never part of the "solid south" but it was always more likely to go RAT in Presidential elections because of poor white people controlled by the coal miners unions. Gore loss in West Virgina in 2000 was considered an upset, and since then it's become strongly Republican in presidential contests, to the point where the RATs don't even try to contest it anymore (I think it's probably because the national RATs moved so far left on social issues, and the pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, and pro-gun local RATs in West Virgina still win elections regularly). Virginia, on the other hand, is no longer the GOP friendly state it was, when it even terribly unpopular RAT presidents with horrible economic records can win it, and liberal RATs imported from northeastern states can win the governorship. But none of that changes the fact the RATs have a terrible weak bench for Governor next year. McAuliffe wouldn't even win the RAT primary if they could find anyone else. He's a walking disaster. He might win if it's Minnesota (Al Franken!) but even Virginia isn't that bad yet.

46 posted on 11/28/2012 6:13:00 PM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy

With respect to NH, I’m not sure whom else we can run against Shaheen but Sununu, Jr. Frank Guinta wasn’t able to win reelection against one of the two moonbats and hopefully Charlie Bass goes away for good. Ovide Lamontagne ended up being a total bust, and he already ran against Shaheen in 1996 and was shellacked. Who else is left ? Bring Judd Gregg out of retirement ? Bob Smith ? Craig Benson ?


47 posted on 11/28/2012 6:33:05 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

Bolling might not be out of the running yet; some articles I’ve read suggests Bolling might run as an independent. One of his advisors hasn’t shut the door on that possibility.

VA’s shift has definitely troubled me, and the fact that Obama was able to win it a second time was a shocker. There’s the shift in NOVA, but I’ve noticed Republican candidates in recent years tend to run behind in other metro areas when they lose, like the Richmond suburbs, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake. Even when Romney was running ahead of McCain in rural, small-town counties, I noticed when the results from Chesterfield County (suburban Richmond) came in, Romney wasn’t up from where McCain was four years ago. That told me Romney was likely to lose. Suburban VA as a whole seems more swingy than it used to be.


48 posted on 11/28/2012 7:10:49 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Our Joe Wilson can take the Dems' Joe Wilson any day of the week)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

What’s former Gov. Steve Merrill up to these days?


49 posted on 11/28/2012 7:13:11 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Our Joe Wilson can take the Dems' Joe Wilson any day of the week)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

If Bolling were to pull a stunt like that, it would truly be the end of his political career. He might as well become a Democrat now.

As for Steve Merrill, I can’t see luring him out of political retirement. He’ll be 68 in 2014 and wouldn’t have run a race in 20 years.


50 posted on 11/28/2012 7:45:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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