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Bill "Marshall Coleman" Bolling?

by: lowkell

Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 16:06:48 PM EST

Could Bill Bolling be the 2013, gubernatorial version of Marshall Coleman's 1994 run as an independent for U.S. Senate? According to the Roanoke Times, " Bolling didn't rule out the possibility" of running for governor next year as an independent. Why would Bolling do such a thing? Gee, let's think about it for a second. How about: a) he despises Ken Cuccinelli (in this interview, he noted "uncertainty and uncomfortableness" with Cuccinelli); b) he is pissed at Bob McDonnell for reneging on the deal they had (Bolling let McDonnell run for governor in 2009, in exchange for McDonnell's support of Bolling in 2013); c) he wants to be governor of Virginia; and d) he sees a path to victory as a moderate/independent candidate in a field including Cuccinelli and McAuliffe. This race could get even more interesting than it already is if Bolling runs as an independent. Personally, I'm stocking up on popcorn.

UPDATE: The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Bill Bolling will not endorse Ken Cuccinelli, saying "I have serious reservations about his ability to effectively and responsibly lead the state...And given those reservations, I could not in good conscience endorse his candidacy for governor." Ouch.

UPDATE #2: Of course, the risk is that Bolling would end up like this, which would be amusing if nothing else. How about "We want to go bowling! We want to go bolling!" No, doesn't have the same ring to it as "We want Potts!" We want pots!" LOL

UPDATE #3: TPM reports that Bolling has "canceled his appearance at an annual state GOP retreat this weekend." Nice.  

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b) Bob McDonnell has endorsed Bill Bolling; its plastered on everything Bill Bolling produces. That won't be a cause.

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I sensed in his announcement of withdrawal from the race that he was angry and was letting his hatred for Cooch show. Bolling has good reason to be mad. The Republicans dropped the ideas of a primary and gave Cuccinelli what he wanted - a convention he could pack with other crazies like him. Bolling knew he couldn't win in a convention. His withdrawal makes sense. Running as an independent would be one of those gifts that keeps on giving...

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Agreed. After how badly Republicans screwed him over... (0.00 / 0)
...I'm not sure how anyone could blame him if he ran as an Independent.

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Putting ideology aside... (0.00 / 0)
...Bolling has been the epitome of the good soldier, putting his own ambitions on ice for the good of his party -- and then getting screwed when Cuccinelli refused to play by the same set of rules.  

Sure, all's fair in love, politics and war.  But by the same token, Bolling doesn't have to keep playing nice guy if he doesn't want to.  Cuccinelli as GOP gubernatorial nominee creates a huge imbalance in that he is such an unabashed, unrepetant extremist.  It certainly opens up space for an independent candidate.  I sure wouldn't blame the Bollster...

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So How Does That McDonnell Promise Work? (0.00 / 0)
Does it convey to Bolling as an independent candidate?  

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I strongly doubt it, but it should... (0.00 / 0)
...after all Bolling's done for McDonnell!

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Bolling stayed put and let McDonnell have an open run for governor. The obvious deal was that McDonnell would help Bolling run in 2013. Now, Bolling is bound to feel screwed.

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