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Va. Capitol buzz: House Minority Leader Armstrong's statewide ambitions

Anita Kumar

After we told you Friday that Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D) is considering running for statewide office in 2013, the news quickly became the talk of the House of Delegates.

Delegates started gossiping about it. Republicans speculated about it at their closed-door caucus meeting. The partisan blogs began to chatter about it.

Even Speaker Bill Howell -- Armstrong used to talk frequently about replacing him until November's election made that extremely unlikely -- got into the act. During the House floor session Friday, a seemingly serious Howell called Armstrong the "Gentleman from Statewide" causing the chamber to erupt in laughter. Check out the video below:

So what does former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who is widely expected to make another run at governor in 2013, say about Armstrong possibly joining him in the race?

"I've always said the more the merrier,'' McAuliffe said in an interview last week. "People ought to do what they want to do."

By Anita Kumar  |  March 8, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Terry McAuliffe  
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