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Ken Cuccinelli Moving Closer to Challenging Bill Bolling In 2013

by @ 6:05 pm on September 23, 2010. Filed under Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia, Virginia Politics

It looks like we might have a primary fight on our hand for the GOP nomination for Virginia Governor in three years:

Richmond, Va. –Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said today that if he decides to run for governor, he would not wait in line behind anyone else who also wants to seek the office.

“I’m not of the notion of standing aside,” Cuccinelli told members of the Greater Richmond Chamber at a board luncheon meeting.

“If we’re going to do something, we’ll decide to do it and we’ll go do it.”

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who ran for re-election in 2009 rather than contest the GOP nomination with then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell, plans to run for governor in 2013. McDonnell has pledged to support Bolling.

As he has in the past, Cuccinelli today made clear his intention to seek re-election as attorney general.

“I showed up here with the notion of running for re-election, and that’s still my notion in this office,” he said in response to several questions about his political future, including whether he would challenge Bolling for the gubernatorial nomination.

But for the first time since taking office, Cuccinelli also signaled to Bolling that he would not hesitate to challenge for the nomination if his political ambitions shift.

If it comes to that, my choice will be clear. Bolling over Cuccinelli, for the same reasons I could not endorse the Attorney General in 2009.

H/T Not Larry Sabato

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