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Bolling assures gala attendees he is hard at work in Italy

Rosalind Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) were both on hand at the Richmond Convention Center Monday night to address the annual gala of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. The two politicians praised the University of Virginia-based program for offering nonpartisan public policy and political training to aspiring candidates, government officials, college and high school students. They called for more civility in public discourse.

That was also the theme of a speech from a larger-than-life Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) who delivered remarks via video on an enormous screen. That's because Bolling is attending an economic development conference with his wife in Florence.

Bolling went for laughs in the video, recorded before he left the country, complaining that he was being forced to miss the fun at the Sorensen gala because of the tough Italy trip. "While you're partying in Richmond, rest assured, I'm working hard on behalf of the people of Virginia," Bolling said.

Of course, the jokes were likely a bit funnier for the lieutenant governor before a cloud of volcanic ash spread across Europe, disrupting air travel and making it unlikely Bolling will be back in Richmond to preside over Wednesday's one-day legislative session. From the stage, to laughs from the crowd, Sorensen Executive Director Bob Gibson encouraged anyone with ideas about how to get Bolling back from Italy, to seek out the lieutent governor's chief of staff before the end of the evening.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 20, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Bill Bolling, Bob McDonnell, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia  
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Just have Cuccinelli walk across the pond and carrry him back.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | April 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

They both called for more civility in political discourse? These two have taken a hard-right turn since being elected and are stoking fear in how they govern - hardly what I would call civility in political discourse.

Posted by: notjoeabbey | April 20, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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