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In the category of 'not interested'

Rosalind Helderman

A few tidbits from the last few days...There had been rumors that Democrats might be encouraging former lieutenant governor candidate Jody Wagner to run for Ken Stolle's soon-to-be-vacated senate seat in Virginia Beach. Gov. Tim Kaine will call a special election to fill the seat after Stolle submits his letter of resignation, made necessary by his election last week as sheriff of Virginia Beach.

Wagner was thought to be a good candidate for a fairly Republican district because she is well known in the district, owner of a well established business and her name recognition was boosted by her recent run for statewide office. But, said a spokesman a few days ago, she's not interested. Wants to spend time with her family, and all that.

Also not interested--this time in a job in a Gov. Bob McDonnell adminstration: State Sen. Ralph Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk). McDonnell is widely thought to be looking for a Democrat in the senate who might be interested in a new job, whose seat the GOP might be able to pick up in a special election and deprive Democrats their 21-seat majority. "They need to go talk to somebody else if that's what they're looking to do," Northam.

But that somebody else should not be Sen. John C. Miller (D-Newport News). Miller's aide said today that he is, also, not interested. "He's very happy being a senator," said Amy Richardson. She said if Gov-elect. McDonnell called, Miller would say "thanks, but no thanks." And she said he has no interest in switching parties either.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  November 10, 2009; 2:57 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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