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Wagner Expected to Run for LG

Anita Kumar

Jody W. Wagner, secretary of finance for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), is expected to resign in the coming weeks and launch a bid for lieutenant governor in 2009.

Wagner said today that she plans to consider her options while on vacation next week. But Democrats who are close to Kaine's administration said Wagner plans to resign by the end of the month after returning from vacation.

"I'm trying to figure out what to do,'' she said.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) plans to run for re-election. Wagner will face fellow Democrat Jon Bowerbank, a businessman and member of the Russell County Board of Supervisors, who is already running.

Secretary of Technology Aneesh P. Chopra, who had considered running for lieutenant governor, said he could not confirm Wagner's move but that he decided not to run after speaking to her.

"I'm exploring all options but have determined (lieutenant governor) is less likely among them,'' he said.

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

Randy Marcus, Bolling's chief of staff, declined to comment.

By Anita Kumar  |  July 17, 2008; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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What does the Lt. Gov do anyway???

Posted by: Tony S. | July 17, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Tony S.,
Identical job description as the first runner-up at the Miss America pageant, except that the first runner-up can't compete for Miss America next time around.

Posted by: HisRoc | July 17, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse


One of the great things about having Gov. and Lt. Gov. elected separately in VA is what we are currently seeing.

Bolling has been able to call Kaine on the carpet when he's moving to make life a little harder on Virginians. On top of presiding over the Senate, working with legislators and traveling the state, Bolling has been a commonsense and vocal advocate for us.

Bolling's done a great job and will comtinue do a great job in his next term. Judy "How did I lose $120 million in the budget?" Wagner is welcome to spin her wheels for a while in an attempt.

Posted by: Robyn | July 18, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Wagner has a habit of seeking to justify higher taxes for every issue that comes up, either out fo party lyalty or by conviction, it is hard to tell. Our current Lt. Gov, Bill Bolling has a track record of sensible, fiscally sound ideas for the good of this state. How much support, beyond party loyalists, can Wagner really count upon? That vote alone will not be near enought in 2009.

Posted by: Fred Smith | July 18, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Bowerbank blew it and is going down.

The minute Bowerbank cozied up with Ben Tribbett he was toast to Northern Virginia democrats and the party. Tribbett has repeatedly attacked Tim Kaine and tried to deep six Kaine's VP slot. The gov remembers.

Posted by: Bowerbank is Toast | July 18, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the face behind the fiscal ineptitude of both Marky Mark and Timmy! looking to prolong the mismanagement. Let's see -- over $1 billion in accounting errors during Warner's term (including $137 million for education that was "misplaced" according to this very newspaper) and now an economic forecast from Wagner this year that only fools could believe.

Let's see her try and run.

Posted by: Riley | July 18, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

"On top of presiding over the Senate, working with legislators and traveling the state, Bolling has been a commonsense and vocal advocate for us."

Robyn...what are you, Bill Bolling's spokesperson? Put down the talking points for a second and tell me what Bill Bolling's transportation plan was other than "NO". He supported the failed regional transportation authorities which were deemed ILLEGAL in Virginia courts? What is commonsense about crafting a nonexistant transportation plan? Bolling may be a decent person, but politically, what has be done to deserve re-election other than be a "no" spinner for the Republicans? Producing rebuttals to everything Governor Kaine does is not the sole job description for this position.

Posted by: John | July 20, 2008 5:18 AM | Report abuse

Funny, John.

Timmay! Kaine is the one who made the transportation deal from last year unconstitutional. LG Bolling was the only prominent Republican pushing back against the deal at all.

As for this session, the House of Delegates put forward a commonsense plan that would increase funding for transportation for the I-95/I-64 corridor without raising taxes, but unfortunately, the Dems only know how to make Virginians pay more with little results.

Posted by: Phantom08 | July 22, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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