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Posted at 4:55 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Cuccinelli has not ruled out gubernatorial run in 2013

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II gave his strongest indication to date that he may consider jumping into the governor's race against fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) in an interview Thursday afternoon on WMRA radio.

But in the wide-ranging 30-minute interview on Virginia Insight with Tom Graham, Cuccinelli (R) said he expects to run for reelection in 2013, but he would consider running for governor.

"A number of people have asked me about the governor's race and at this point I'm just deferring that,'' Cuccinelli said. "But yes, I do expect to run for reelection but I have not ruled that race out.''

Cuccinelli said he would not join the crowded Republican primary for U.S. Senate in 2012.

"I do not intend to run for the U.S. Senate in 2012,'' he said. "I'm going to stay right where I am here through 2013."

Bolling formed Friends of Bill Bolling in the spring after surprising many people, including then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell, by deciding to seek reelection instead of running for governor. That allowed McDonnell and Bolling to run as a team for governor and lieutenant governor. McDonnell has pledged to support Bolling for governor in 2013.

By Anita Kumar  | December 16, 2010; 4:55 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Bill Bolling, Election 2012, Ken Cuccinelli, U.S. Senate  
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Comments

I think Cuccinelli is well aware of the different probabilities of success for him in running for Governor and Senator. As the election of his slate in '09 demonstrates, it appears distinctly possible, under the right circumstances (e.g., a weak campaign by the opposition), for an extremist to win a major state-based post. A Senate run, though, would attract the attention of the national media, and well-coordinated opposition from opposing parties, with the likely result that Cuccinelli would be exposed for the wing-nut and lightweight that he is. (A la Christine O'Donnell, et al., in the most recent elections.)

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 16, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Should the Spanish Inquisition ever be revived, he'd find himself right at home there.

Posted by: krickey7 | December 16, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

George Allen wants a grudge match with Jim Webb.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 16, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

This should come as no surprise to anyone who's followed the Cooch's antics in office.

Of course Cooch is planning a run for governor, and his global warming witch hunt and his lawsuit against the health care reform legislation are exhibits A and B.

Bob McDonnell is a "Christian conservative" (a term that once would have applied to those seeking to bring to life the core principles of the Gospels, but now seems to mean exactly the opposite).

And the Cooch is much farther to the right than McDonnell.

Cooch has no allegiance to Bill Bolling, and he is laying the groundwork to run against him.

I'm hopeful that the next couple of years will make clear to Virginians just how dangerous Cooch's ideas and policies are to the Commonwealth.

But if, by chance, Cooch were to become chief executive of the state, it'd be entirely proper to change the name of that office to Ayatollah.

Posted by: mcrockett1 | December 17, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Delaware had a witch running for office, so getting a warlock in the pseudo-Christian personage of Cooch is not surprising at all.

Posted by: johnklenert | December 17, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Delaware had a witch running for office, so getting a warlock in the pseudo-Christian personage of Cooch is not surprising at all.

Posted by: johnklenert | December 17, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Good reason to move to Maryland, where they dont' have retrograde hillbilly nuts gaining office.

VA: god (better pick the right one, though, knowwhutahmean), guns (loves' mah gun!) and gullible hicks (yee haw!).

Posted by: fluxgirl | December 17, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

This all assumes that the Rapture hasn't occurred first. Kenny fully expects his car will be driverless as soon as that happens.

Posted by: krickey7 | December 17, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Gov. McDonnell quietly gives good cause to elect him as POTUS is 2012. A.G. Cuccinelli is the heavy lifter that Pres. McDonnell will need while McDonnell gives that Reagan smile confidence to the people so they go about their business of business. That is all the people of the USA need to make America strong again. OK, that and 2Chronicles7:14.

Posted by: Russell_P_Davis | December 18, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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