The Return of Jim Gilmore
Who is the Republican public official most frequently mentioned by the Democratic gubernatorial candidates besides, of course, Bob McDonnell?
Former governor Jim Gilmore.
They blame the one-time presidential candidate and former U.S. Senate hopeful every chance they get for Virginia's economic and financial woes --- and stress that electing McDonnell will bring about similar problems.
Gilmore, who has been defending his record in letters to the editor and columns, praised McDonnell this week.
Here's what Gilmore wrote about McDonnell on his campaign Website during "Winning Week" -- an online show of support for McDonnell's campaign by prominent Republicans who are contributing blog posts and podcasts. (Others who announced their support are U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, Prince William County Board Chairman Corey Stewart,and former attorney general Jerry Kilgore.)
"I am proud to participate in Unity Week and endorse Bob McDonnell for Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Bob McDonnell was born and raised in Virginia. He served his country for 21 years in the military and started his political career in Virginia in 1991 by serving in the House of Delegates. Bob was elected as Virginia's Attorney General in 2006. As Attorney General, Bob saw 83 of his 94 legislative proposals become law, most with overwhelming bipartisan support. Bob McDonnell believes strongly in the 2nd amendment and in fiscal responsibilty. He has the experience to lead Virginia now."
McDonnell was not actually born in Virginia. He was born in Philadelphia, though he was raised here.
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