Jay O'Brien: State Senator or Candidate for Lt. Gov.?
Former state senator James K. "Jay" O'Brien of Fairfax is ramping up his campaign for lieutenant governor in 2009.
O'Brien has printed up "Jay O'Brien for Lieutenant Governor" pamphlets, one of which was found on the floor of the General Assembly building. He's also started a website, where he lists endorsements from more than 50 GOP officials, including U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III and his wife, former state senator Jeannemarie Devolites Davis.
The flier notes O'Brien has a perfect record in opposing abortion rights and has been supported by the National Rifle Association. He also takes credit for passing a bill last year that bans teenagers from using a cell phone while driving and helping to pass legislation that cracks down on child predators.
The flier, which solicits campaign contributions, also runs through O'Brien's resume. But it's impossible to tell from the flier that O'Brien lost his bid for reelection last year to Sen. George Barker (D-Fairfax).
The flier states O'Brien was "elected to the state Senate in a 2002 special election and reelected to a full term in 2003."
In fact, the pamphlet contains a phone number directing people to his campaign office. If you call it, you get the following message: "Hi. You have reached the district office of Virginia State Senator Jay O'Brien. I am unable to take your call right now, but if you leave your name and phone number at the sound of the tone, I would be glad to return your call as soon as possible."
O'Brien said in an interview he just hasn't gotten around to changing the message on that phone line.
"I didn't realize the old message was on there," said O'Brien, who added he will only run for lieutenant governor if Bill Bolling decides not to seek a second term. Bolling is expected to run for governor in 2009.
March 7, 2008; 2:58 PM ET
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