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Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling: Finally free to speak out against GOPís shift to right
Washington Post ^ | February 21, 2013 | Robert McCartney

Posted on 02/21/2013 5:31:22 PM PST by Timber Rattler

Until three months ago, when he dropped out of the race to become the Republican nominee for governor, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling had to keep mum about his unhappiness with the GOP’s shift to the right.

He couldn’t say, as he did in an interview here Tuesday, that he thought the Republicans had become so extreme that they were alienating voters and blocking the commonwealth’s progress.

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To say all that previously would have meant giving up any chance of beating Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a tea party favorite, for the nomination.

As it happened, Cuccinelli and his allies in the party bureaucracy still managed to outmaneuver Bolling and his then-supporter, Gov. Bob McDonnell. The attorney general’s forces arranged for the GOP to pick its nominee not in a primary but at a convention, sure to be dominated by pro-Cuccinelli activists.

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Bolling hasn’t yet given up hope of winning the governorship. He’s going to decide by March 14 whether to run as an independent. He would position himself as a moderate conservative between the right-wing attorney general and the likely Democratic nominee, Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: billbolling; bolling; conservative; kencuccinelli; rino; rulingclass; statist; teaparty; va2013
Bolling is your classic sour grapes RINO who was Virginia state Chairman for the Romney campaign and expected to succeed Governor Bob McDonell after the 2013 election. However, the Virginia TEA party groups overwhelmingly backed Conservative Ken Cuccinelli and Bolling suspended his campaign in November. Now, he's threatening to run as an Independent out of spite, split the vote, and help Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe waltz into the governor's mansion rather than helping Cuccinelli win.

It's another case of RINO's demanding that Conservatives fall into line whenever they win Republican nominations but absolutely refusing to do so themselves when the shoe is suddenly on the other foot.

1 posted on 02/21/2013 5:31:33 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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What shift to the right??

This is BS


2 posted on 02/21/2013 5:36:05 PM PST by kennyboy509 ( Ha! I kill me!!!)
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To: Timber Rattler

Gearing up to run as an independent so he can spoil Cuccinelli’s chances.


3 posted on 02/21/2013 5:36:32 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: COBOL2Java

Yep, he’s got political sabotage on his mind.


4 posted on 02/21/2013 5:37:36 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: kennyboy509
What shift to the right??

Failure to shift to the Left is viewed as a shift to the right.

It is the same logic that makes only increasing spending by 4% instead of 8% into a "50% spending cut".

Liberals...

5 posted on 02/21/2013 5:46:28 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Timber Rattler
Yes, that's right - the media thinks the GOP has 'shifted to the right' and has become 'extreme'.

They do not perceive nor are they worried in the least that the democrat party has gone to the far left.

Never mind the past words and associations of leftist politicians like Obama. Never mind the gaping gulf between the rhetoric they use to win office and their actions once safely inside.

The leftist MSM is koo-koo. There is no reasoning with the delusional.

6 posted on 02/21/2013 5:59:39 PM PST by skeeter
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THe GOP that “shifted to the right” in Virginia is about to approve a huge tax increase, going along with the democrats to grow government to solve a “transportation crisis”.

And btw, Bolling was polling much below Cuccinelli in a primary as well, he wouldn’t have won a primary. I still wish we were HAVING a primary, because then when Bill lost, he’d be unlikely to be able to turn around in time to launch a campaign to get democrats elected.


7 posted on 02/21/2013 6:05:04 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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Well. he’s got a good chance- Cooh is hated by the left and waht’s his name is hated by anyone with a brain.
The Romney campaign is in place to back him with volunteers and money.

The huge downside is it will end his chance to ever run as a Republican again. If MacDonell is going against Warner maybe he doesn’t see anything to lose then.

I don’t think he will. Heck, he’s calling for a gas tax increase! That worked ‘great’ for Deed’s campaign...


8 posted on 02/21/2013 6:19:34 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Timber Rattler

This is a joke, right?

Extreme shift? One could only hope....


9 posted on 02/21/2013 6:21:49 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Timber Rattler

This is the same old VA GOP politics. Warner never supported Ollie North and got a candidate to run as an independent so Ollie would lose. These ‘Sour Grapes’ one-way Pubbies are all over the Old Dominion, sorry to say ...


10 posted on 02/21/2013 6:24:24 PM PST by 11th_VA (JURY NULLIFICATION FOR UNCONSTITUTIONAL GUN LAWS !!!)
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To: kennyboy509

You beat me to it.

This seems to be a GOP self promotion.


11 posted on 02/21/2013 6:32:57 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Timber Rattler
I detest leftist, mushy Republicans even more than I do hard core Dhimms. At least the Dhimms are upfront about trashing capitalism. The pseudo-cons just want to do it more gradually and steer influence to their buddies, rather than the buddies of the limousine marxists.
12 posted on 02/21/2013 6:53:56 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: skeeter
the media thinks the GOP has 'shifted to the right' and has become 'extreme'

IMO it's at least as accurate to say that the media wants Independents to believe that the GOP has become 'extreme'. These kinds of stories are more deliberate, knowing propaganda than reporting.

13 posted on 02/21/2013 8:22:07 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: kennyboy509

I first voted in 1962. Compared to today, JFK was a hard core conservative.


14 posted on 02/21/2013 8:51:18 PM PST by chooseascreennamepat (Have you thought about going vegan, Karl?)
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