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Cuccinelli political operation building statewide network

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's political operation has tapped volunteer coordinators in 100 of Virginia's 134 counties and cities and plans to have a coordinator in every jurisdiction in the state by the end of the year, his political director said today.

The coordinators attend monthly meetings of local Republican committees and reach out to other conservative groups in their areas to provide updates on Cuccinelli's work, said political director Noah Wall.

"Ken cares a great deal about making sure the grass roots are informed about what he's doing," Wall said. "These people serve the essential role of making sure people are in the loop."

The effort to build a statewide network of supporters -- separate from the Republican establishment or Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) political committee -- represents an aggressive political effort by an attorney general who has not yet been in office a year. It is bound to fuel speculation that Cuccinelli has his eye on the governor's mansion or perhaps is contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate.

If Cuccinelli ran for governor in three years, he would face Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) for the Republican nomination.

Bolling has begun raising money for a gubernatorial run and has also been working to build grass-roots support with local Republican committees. Bolling chief of staff Randy Marcus said the lieutenant governor is setting up a similar network and has 121 "Bolling Brigade Leaders" in 90 jurisdictions.

"It's kind of the basic blocking and tackling of putting together a political organization," Marcus said.

Wall did not deny that the statewide network of active volunteers would be helpful for Cuccinelli in future elections. But he said the coordinators should not be read as a sign that Cuccinelli has launched a gubernatorial or senatorial campaign.

The attorney general, who has built a national profile by promoting conservative causes, has said repeatedly that he intends to run for reelection in 2013. However, he's also always refused to rule out a run for other offices.

"Whatever Ken decides to do, including running for reelection, it serves a key function. It's good practice," Wall said. "It makes a world of difference to reach out to people when you're not running for something and when you don't need anything from them."

By Rosalind Helderman  | September 21, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
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Gee, do you suppose he might run for Governor? Virginia does not need another Neanderthal governor. He is 'worse' than the current one. If you care about your child's education or having better roads, then you should be worried about Ken the Bozo running for Governor,

Posted by: kinsman_bob | September 21, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

He should run for President. He's a lot sharper and more electable than the stale white bread out there now. In 2004, both he and Barack Obama were State Senators, and unlike Obama, Cooch has actually held a private sector job.

Why he'd want to run for Governor when he's already running the state is beyond me.

Posted by: BobbyRomano | September 21, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Only Mr.Cuccinelli could make the Attorney Genneral job sooo political. You are enforcing laws. What more is there to tell your political base? Yes, I am fighting crime.

Maybe Ken would like to explain to his 100 political coordinators why he has not persued Bobby Thompson for illegal charitable operations that put $55,000 in Mr.Cuccinelli's campaign chest.

Posted by: slydell | September 22, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse

Bill Bolling is the man with the plan. His team is organized and Lt Gov Bolling has a strong relationship with all the members of the Bolling Brigade. The LG's staff is top notch and his office is working hard at bringing new jobs to Virginia. While I enjoy how AG Cuccinelli makes their heads explode on MSNBC. Its bringing economic growth back to Virginia tha matters and the man with the plan for that is Lt Gov Bill Bolling!

Posted by: LeeTalley | September 22, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Romano (above) is 100% correct! Cuccinelli isn't the same old stale white bread. He's half-baked white bread.

This is a dangerous man.

Posted by: NancyNaive | September 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

so do cuccinelli's volunteers have to buy their own brown shirts and jackboots, or is there a slush fund filled with $55k donations from "charities" for that?

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 22, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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