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Marshall Condemns Bolling, McDonnell

Tim Craig

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) lashed out at Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling today over their decision to endorse James S. Gilmore's bid for Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Marshall, who is also running for the Senate, accused Bolling and McDonnell of condoning Gilmore's support for abortion rights up until the eighth week of a pregnancy.

"You've got basically the entire Republican establishment endorsing a candidate, Jim Gilmore, who wants to keep 60 percent of all abortions now being done legal," said Marshall, who noted both McDonnell and Bolling are likely GOP candidates for governor next year. "These guys have a political death wish for the party. How do they expect all the Reagan Democrats to work for them when they are running for office next year...They are ensuring a Democratic victory statewide next year."

Randy Marcus, a Bolling spokesman, declined comment. J. Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman, said "the attorney general has the greatest respect for Bob Marshall and all his work defending traditional values in Virginia."

But Martin said McDonnell wants the GOP nominee to have experience with national security issues. "Of the candidates running, Jim Gilmore is head and shoulders above the others on those issues," Martin said.

The internal division within the GOP could be good news for former governor Mark R. Warner, the likely Democratic nominee. Kevin Hall, a Warner spokesman, released a statement today that said Warner was looking "forward to finding out who emerges from this Republican family feud with the nomination."

By Tim Craig  |  March 11, 2008; 6:22 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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