McWaters's momentum in Va Beach senate race
In Virginia Beach's soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat, all the buzz in recent days has been about Jeff McWaters.
The businessman vying for the Republican nomination in Saturday's firehouse primary received the backing of his hometown newspaper, the Virginian Pilot and the National Rifle Association.
The recently re-elected lieutenant governor has put his name on mailers, recorded a robo call for McWaters and cut a radio ad for him.
In the GOP-leaning district where the Democrats have yet to field a candidate, Saturday's primary may be tantamount to winning the Jan. 12 special election to replace retiring Sen. Ken Stolle, who was elected Virginia Beach sheriff.
Bolling said both McWaters and Wilson would be good senators, but that he has worked with McWaters in "personal, professional and political" ways for a decade.
"Jeff is a close personal friend of mine and someone I respect a great deal,'' he said. "I think he has the background and experience to help us deal with the critical challenges facing Virginia today and that's why I chose to endorse him."
Bolling, who presides over the Senate, is a former senator himself. He and McWaters are longtme friends who worked together on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. McWaters served as Romney's finance co-chairman while Bolling headed Romney's campaign in Virginia. (Check out the photo of McWaters and Romney on McWaters's Website.)
McWaters supported Bolling during his 2005 nomination battle and asked the lieutenant governor's help before his opponent even got into the race (though both candidates have been campaigning for months and they have the signs to prove it.)
McWaters founded a company that strives to improve healthcare for seniors and people with disabilities that eventually became a Fortune 500 company, Amerigroup Corp. He served on the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary.
Wilson, a former teacher who served on the Virginia Beach School Board, now sells real estate. She was chairwoman of the Hampton Roads Women for McDonnell group.
December 3, 2009; 10:08 AM ET
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