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Jody Wagner Ponders Bid for Lt. Gov.

Tim Craig

Secretary of Finance Jody W. Wagner was making the rounds at the Fairfax County Democratic Committee Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner last night as she considers a bid for statewide office.

Wagner, who is from Virginia Beach, said in an interview she is thinking about running for lieutenant governor next year, although she was quick to point out her main focus continues to be her job in Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's administration.

"I'm thinking about it but right now I am still working very hard for Governor Kaine on transportation and other stuff," said Wagner, adding she will have to step down as finance secretary if she decides to run for lieutenant governor.

If she runs, Wagner will likely face Jon Bowerbank in the Democratic primary. Bowerbank is a businessman from southwest Virginia. He was also making the rounds at the JJ dinner.

Wagner, who lost a bid for Congress in 2000, was the state treasurer under former governor Mark R. Warner (D) before starting her current job.

Wagner cautions she is a long way from making a final decision on whether she will run for lieutenant governor. But she could be a powerful addition to a Democratic ticket, considering her home base is in Hampton Roads.

And, at least so far, it does not appear as if the Democratic ticket will include a woman next year, unless Wagner runs.

The Republicans will also likely have an all-male ticket, giving Democrats an opportunity to present a more diverse slate of nominees.

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) is the likely GOP nominee for governor. Lt. Gov Bill Bolling, who is seeking reelection, has formed a team with McDonnell.

When asked if Bolling's decision to seek reelection will influence her decision, Wagner responded, "It's one of the factors I am considering."

By Tim Craig  |  May 19, 2008; 11:31 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Hillary Clinton has showed us once and for all that women do not belong in politics.

Obama-Edwards 08

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