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Bolling Racks Up Support

Anita Kumar

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who is expected to easily win the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor next year, released an extensive list of party leaders and elected officials who are supporting his re-election bid.

The list includes every Republican in Virginia's congressional delegation, more than 70 Republicans of the General Assembly, almost every member of the party's state central committee and more than 100 of the party's committee chairs. Also included are former governor and senator George Allen, former governor James S. Gilmore, former lieutenant governor John H. Hager and Jerry Kilgore, former attorney general and 2005 gubernatorial nominee.

"I am very pleased by the pledges of support that my re-election campaign has gained from Republican party leaders and activists all across Virginia," Bolling said. "Their friendship, confidence and support mean a great deal to me, and their willingness to stand by my side at this early stage shows the broad strength of my campaign for lieutenant governor in 2009."

Bolling, a former state senator who considered running for governor but decided to run for reelection and support Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell for the state's top job, will face Alexandria lawyer Patrick Muldoon for the Republican nomination. Muldoon, who is not well known statewide, lost a bid for Congress in 1996.

Bolling's endorsements also include McDonnell, all three Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for attorney general, Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax), John Brownlee, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, and David M. Foster, the former chairman of the Arlington County School Board.

"For the past three years, we have worked side by side to support our conservative values and find positive solutions to the challenges facing our state," McDonnell said. "I need Bill Bolling as my running made and partner in state government for the next four years. I encourage you to give Bill your support."

Former finance secretary Jody W. Wagner and Jon Bowerbank, a wealthy businessman from Russell County, are seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. State Democratic Party Chairman C. Richard Cranwell is also considering a run.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 1, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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