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John Warner Donates $2,000 to Gilmore

Tim Craig

Sen. John W. Warner (R), who is retiring, announced today he has contributed $2,000 to former Republican governor James S. Gilmore III's campaign to succeed him in the Senate.

Warner's announcement comes on the heels of a report in The Hill newspaper that speculated the state's senior senator may not support Gilmore, who secured the GOP nomination last weekend. Warner apparently made the donation to Gilmore sometime this week.

In a statement, Warner said he has also donated $2,000 each this month to GOP Reps. Frank R. Wolf, Thelma Drake, Eric I. Cantor, Randy Forbes and Robert Goodlatte, all of whom are seeking reelection.

Warner gave Keith Fimian, the GOP candidate in the race to replace retiring Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), $2,000 last month, the statement said.

As of March 31, Warner still had $416,000 in his campaign account, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Despite the financial assistance, it's unclear if Warner plans to campaign for Gilmore. In 2006, Warner campaigned hard for former Republican senator George Allen. Warner even appeared with Allen in a two-minute commercial that was aired statewide.

In his statement, Warner said he is "focusing" his "efforts" on helping Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president. Warner will appear with McCain at a fundraiser in Tysons Corner on Monday.

Gilmore plans to officially launch his general election campaign against Democratic candidate Mark R. Warner, no relation to John Warner, on Tuesday.

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), the chairman of the state Republican party, are scheduled to appear with Gilmore at the campaign kickoff.

By Tim Craig  |  June 6, 2008; 7:35 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Eric Cantor , Frank R. Wolf , George F. Allen , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Thomas M. Davis III , Tim Craig  
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