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Bowerbank: I Didn't Want to Go Negative

Amy Gardner

Jon Bowerbank, the Russell County supervisor who surprised many Democrats yesterday by dropping out of the race for the lieutenant governor nomination, was as upbeat and cheerful as ever last night at the Arlington County Democratic Committee's Jefferson Jackson dinner in Ballston.

Bowerbank was happy to talk about his decision, and he cited two reasons for it. First, he was on track to lose (his exact phrase: "The business model wasn't working.") And second, to change that fact, Bowerbank would have had to resort to a negative campaign against Jody Wagner, the presumed front-runner in a contest that also features Mike Signer.

"I just didn't want to do that," Bowerbank said.

Instead, Bowerbank threw his support behind Wagner when he announced the suspension of his campaign. He and Wagner also walked together into the Westin Gateway Ballston last night with big, happy grins on their faces.

About 250 people attended the dinner, which featured U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye, the Virginia Beach Democrat who defeated Thelma Drake in November, as its keynote speaker. All three gubernatorial contenders, Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran, also spoke.

McAuliffe kept with tradition by well-stocking the hotel with campaign workers in their signature blue t-shirts. But Moran garnered the most enthusiastic support from the crowd. This was Moran country, after all, not only part of big brother Jim's 8th Congressional District but also where Brian Moran launched his career as a prosecutor 20 years ago.

By Amy Gardner  |  May 16, 2009; 8:25 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009  
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it's good he didn't want to go negitive. watch funny videos

Posted by: roverfind | May 18, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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