Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R) said today he will not run for lieutenant governor next year now that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) has announced he will seek reelection.
Bolling said Monday he will support Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) for governor instead of seeking the nomination himself.
“I was surprised. I had no idea it was coming,” Stewart (R-At Large) said of Bolling’s announcement. “I really want to be lieutenant governor, but this is the strongest ticket. It’s the best thing for the party.”
Bolling’s decision also upset the political futures of Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) and former state Sen. James K. “Jay” O’Brien (R-Fairfax), who also said they will not seek the nomination for lieutenant governor
Virginia Virtucon has Stewart’s statement:
I would like to commend Lt. Governor Bill Bolling on his tough decision to run for re-election rather than to run for Governor of Virginia. Both Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell are excellent candidates and will do a wonderful job promoting Republican values. Having Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell run as a ticket should help solidify our party.
I was excited about my own run for Lt. Governor and was fully prepared to do the work necessary to serve the public in that role. However, from the beginning of my exploration of this candidacy, I have said that if Bill Bolling decides to run for re-election rather than for governor, he will have my full support. Therefore, I choose to discontinue my exploratory campaign. Both these fine gentlemen have my full support and I will do everything within my power to help them to victory next November.
Thanks to all those who have indicated their support for my candidacy. I appreciate getting the chance to meet with so many great people in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will continue to travel the state, raise money for Republican candidates, and work hard to support our team.
Now is the time for us to work together, promote Republican principles and rally behind all our candidates: Our 2008 presidential nominee, our candidates for the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and our winning team in Richmond. This is a great time for our party to lead the country with our solid conservative principles.
He really didn’t have a choice. If he’d run against Bolling, his political career would have been over.