12:01 PM, Nov 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Bill Bolling, the two-term lieutenant governor of Virginia, has dropped out of the race for governor, CNN reports. Bolling was challenging Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the Republican nomination. Here's more from CNN:
Those reasons included the move from state GOP officials earlier this year to hold a nominating convention instead of a statewide primary - a process thought to favor Cuccinelli, the candidate with a closer connection to the party's conservative, tea-party friendly base.
"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," Bolling wrote. "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."
In his statement, Bolling did not offer an endorsement of Cuccinelli, saying he was "surprised and disappointed" in Cuccinelli's decision to run for governor instead of forming a "united Republican ticket in 2013."
Cuccinelli released this statement:
I am honored and proud to have served with the Lieutenant Governor over the last decade, in the State Senate, as running mates for statewide office and as leaders of Virginia State Government.
Throughout this race, I have kept to the premise that Bill and I are allies in governance, even if temporary competitors in politics. 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. I cannot speak highly enough of his service.
I will honor the Lt. Governor's service by campaigning for Governor as we both pledged to govern when we were sworn in, in 2010. I will continue the challenging work of advancing first principles in Virginia's policy arena by creating an environment for maximizing job creation, preserving life, liberty and opportunity, and working to make Virginia a beacon of hope and prosperity in these tough economic times.
Cuccinelli has no other serious opponents for the Republican nomination, so he will likely face Democrat Terry McAuliffe in next year's gubernatorial race. McAuliffe, who is so far similarly unchallenged in his party, lost the 2009 Democratic primary to Creigh Deeds. Deeds went on to lose the general election to Republican Bob McDonnell. Governors in Virginia may not serve two consecutive four-year terms.
5:39 PM, Oct 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is politicizing the clean-up of Hurricane Sandy and, he says he offered help to the Democratic mayors of Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Emanuel does not appear to have made the same offer to Republican governors whose states have been hit by the storm.
11:59 AM, Oct 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Sunday's political talk shows, several Republicans criticized the Obama administration's response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Here's Senator John McCain of Arizona on CBS's Face the Nation:
1:09 PM, Aug 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from WTOP in Washington shows Barack Obama and Mitt Romney statistically tied in Northern VIrginia, the state's most populous region. Forty-eight percent of voters support Obama while 46 percent support Romney in the Virginia region of the D.C. metro area.
6:49 PM, Jul 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has been named chairman of the Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions. The committee, generally referred to as the Platform Committee, will help set the agenda for the Republican party and convene during the party's convention next month in Tampa, Florida.
"Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota and Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee will serve as Co-Chairmen," a statement from the RNC reads.
12:38 PM, Jun 29, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On a Friday morning conference call with reporters, two Republican surrogates for the Mitt Romney campaign revealed two different strategies for responding to the Supreme Court’s decision to largely uphold Obamacare: focus on Romney's ability to fix an ailing economy above all, and push a broader conservative message about the role and scope of the federal government.
10:00 PM, Jun 11, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Governor Bob McDonnell heaped praise Monday on George Allen as the two campaigned together the day before Tuesday’s GOP primary. “This is a man who was, I believe, the greatest reform governor of the modern era in Virginia,” said McDonnell alongside Allen to a crowd of Republicans gathered at Prototype Productions Incorporated, a small business just north of Dulles International Airport, touting the latter’s own record as governor on jobs and innovation.
7:36 AM, Jan 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mitt Romney's campaign just announced the endorsement of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. “As I have said throughout this primary process, we need a governor to serve as our next president,” McDonnell said in a prepared statement mailed out by the campaign.
Could the governors of Texas and Virginia end up on a national ticket together?Sep 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 02 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
9:23 AM, Aug 15, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Politico reports that Virginia governor Bob McDonnell would be "very interested" in the Republican vice presidential slot:
With solid poll ratings as a swing state governor, McDonnell is already drawing attention as a possible GOP vice-presidential prospect in 2012. And in an extended interview in his office here, the Virginia governor expressed interest in the number two spot on the national ticket.
4:34 PM, Apr 26, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell sat down with Byron York this morning to discuss "the country’s budgetary battle – one that reflects the local lessons learned in Virginia – and an examination of the tough choices that lie ahead." The event was hosted by e21 and the Manhattan Institute. Here's video of the event:
5:01 PM, Apr 25, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell will sit down for a conversation with Byron York tomorrow at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event is being hosted by e21 and the Manhattan Institute. Here are the details: