Reactions to Wilder's Announcement
Here are various reactions to Doug Wilder's announcement this morning that he would not seek a second term as Richmond mayor:
U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R):
"Doug Wilder is a distinguished Virginian who made history, starting in the General Assembly, as lieutenant governor, then as governor. In early life, he served his nation proudly in uniform. During his period of public service, we always have had a sound working relationship and put the interests of Virginia first."
Former Gov. Mark R. Warner (D):
"I got my start in Virginia politics working for Doug Wilder. He gave me an enormous opportunity, and I would not be where I am today were it not for some of the things I learned from him. Doug has always been willing to offer an independent voice, and he and I have not always agreed, but I have enormous respect for his public service."
Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R):
"Throughout his career, Doug Wilder has been a strong and innovative leader, and a dedicated public servant. His legacy is much larger than the individual achievements and actions that comprise his nearly 40 years of public service. His legacy is that of a statesman, who broke through old barriers, eschewed tired labels, and constantly sought new and better ways of governing. As a veteran, state senator, governor and mayor, L. Douglas Wilder has earned a secure place in the long list of great Virginians. I wish him the very best."
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R):
"I was both surprised and disappointed to hear that Doug Wilder would not seek re-election as Mayor of the City of Richmond. Doug Wilder has represented the people of Virginia in several different capacities over the years and he has a distinguished record of public service...I thank Mayor Wilder for his willingness to serve the City of Richmond as its first popularly elected Mayor. Richmond is stronger today because of his service. I wish Doug Wilder well in his future pursuits, both private and public."
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