Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling just released an announcement regarding speculation on his being candidate for the First Congressional District seat left open by the tragic death of US Representative Jo Ann Davis:
“Over the past several days, I have received a great deal of encouragement from business and political leaders throughout Virginia and in Washington, DC to consider running for the United States House of Representatives in the First Congressional District. I am deeply flattered by their belief that I would make a good Congressman and serving in the United States Congress would be a tremendous honor.”
“However, as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and as President of the Senate of Virginia, my full attention is currently directed toward the upcoming General Assembly elections and doing everything I can to make certain that we retain our Republican majorities in the State Senate. Given the importance of the position I currently hold at this critical time in Virginia history, it would not be appropriate for me to consider running for any other political office.”
Frankly, I expected something a little more Shermanesque from Mr. Bolling regarding. There is a difference between:
a) I am not, and will not, be a candidate for Congress, and
b) “it would not be appropriate for me to consider running for any other political office.”
Color me cynical, but I don’t see that this language rules out responding to a “spontaneous” draft for the office…a tool that has been used by politicians of both parties for years to create the image that they are running not because they want to but in answer to a public demand. Bolling does need to stay in the Lt.Gov position, and as a party leader it would have been better to offer a definitive statement to remove himself from the mix completely.
I was really expecting something along the lines of “If nominated I will not run, and if elected I will not serve”.
Oh, those were the days…