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A Republican Attorney General From Arlington?

Tim Craig

Ready for a quiz?

Why did David M. Foster, chairman of the Arlington County School Board, rent a suite at the Virginia Republican Party Advance in Crystal City?

Did he feel bad that 650 Virginia Republicans traveled to Arlington County and there were no local Republican officeholders to greet them? Or is he thinking of running for attorney general in 2009?

You are correct if you answered yes to both questions.

Foster, an antitrust attorney and GOP activist, has been on the Arlington school board since 2000. Several GOP officials say Foster is thinking about running for attorney general.

Foster has close ties to the more moderate wing of the GOP. He could try to make a case for a statewide bid by arguing Republicans need to try to revive the party inside the Beltway. Even though school board positions are mainly nonpartisan, Foster could point to his success at winning elections in one of the most Democratic communities in the state.

In an interview, Foster was coy about his political ambitions. "I love public service and I will certainly consider other ways to serve," said Foster, who declined further public comment.

On Saturday, Foster hosted a dessert reception after the presidential straw poll. When the guests left after devouring enough sweets to last a weekend, Foster gave them a thick fudge brownie with his name attached to take home. (No, as a journalist, I could not accept one. But they sure looked good).

If he runs, Foster could find a crowded field for the GOP nomination. Republican Sens. Mark D. Obenshain (Harrisonburg), Ryan T. McDougle (Hanover) and Ken Cuccinelli II (Fairfax) as well as Del. Robert B. Bell (R-Charlottesville) are also being mentioned as possible candidates.

By Tim Craig  |  December 2, 2007; 8:25 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , Tim Craig  
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