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Cuccinelli Stays Away From Two-Term Pledge

Tim Craig

If there is one person who is probably paying close attention to the race for the GOP nomination for attorney general, it's Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R).

After deciding last year not to run for governor this year, Bolling will be the early favorite to win the GOP nomination for governor in 2013. But Bolling's path to the nomination could hinge on whether a Republican wins this year's race for attorney general. If recent history is any guide, a Republican attorney general will also be a strong contender for the nomination for governor in 2013.

But John Brownlee, a GOP candidate for attorney general, pledged over the weekend he will not challenge Bolling in 2013 if he is elected this year.

"If Bill and I are both fortunate enough to win this November, I will be prepared to endorse Bill for Governor the moment he decides to run for that office, and I would be happy to stand for reelection as Attorney General in 2013," Brownlee said.

One of Brownlee's rival for the GOP nomination for attorney general, Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (Fairfax), counters it is "a bit presumptuous" for Brownlee to already be talking about 2013. Cuccinelli declined to pledge he wouldn't challenge Bolling in 2013.

"I learned an interesting lesson from other people in not looking past the race I am in," Cuccinelli said. "I take Dave Foster and John Brownlee seriously. To be talking about some election that is more than two elections away is a bit presumptuous."

Cuccinelli added, "I don't expect to be in the (governor's) race four years from now."

"But you know," Cuccinelli continued, before abruptly ending his final thought.

By Tim Craig  |  March 4, 2009; 2:32 PM ET
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