Bob Marshall Considers U.S. Senate Bid
Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) said today he is considering entering the race for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.
In an interview, Marshall said several party activists are urging him to challenge former governor James S. Gilmore III ( R), who announced his candidacy Monday.
Marshall, known for his conservative views on social issues, called a potential Senate bid an "interesting possibility." He added "certain things have to fall in place" before he makes a final decision but said he is "certainly looking at" the race.
"I can replicate the Reagan Revolution," said Marshall, who led the fight against the recently approved transportation bill and was a leader in winning passage of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. "I have not voted for taxes. I am consistent on the right to life. I have done things to help senior citizens. I am not tied to developers. I get a 100 percent rating from environment groups. How many Republicans can do that and are conservative?"
Marshall, who was reelected this year with 58 percent of the vote, noted Gilmore has said he would not outlaw abortion during the first trimester. Marshall also took a swipe at Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton), who is also considering entering the race. Marshall said Saxman "strays from the conservative line."
GOP sources say Marshall is looking for a political strategist with experience running a statewide campaign. Marshall declined to comment, saying "I can't talk about that."
But Marshall, a former Democrat who home-schooled his five children, argues he could solidify the GOP base and reach out to independents in a general election.
"The advantage I have is I think like a Democrat but act like a Republican," Marshall said.
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