We’ll kick off the week with news from The Old Dominion State…
Could a Romney endorsement from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell be in the near future?
Mitt Romney will be joining his friends Gov McDonnell and Lt. Gov Bill Bolling this Wednesday (Oct 26th) to help thank Fairfax GOP volunteers supporting VA legislative races. Voters will be choosing all 140 General assembly members next month, as well as several municipal/school board races.
A media availability session is also scheduled with McDonnell and Bolling:
“It helps [Romney] to attach himself to a very popular Governor such as Bob McDonnell, who might be considered for a vice presidential nomination next year,” says George Mason University Public Policy Professor Mark Rozell.
Rozell says it’s also good for McDonnell.
“Bob McDonnell has been more clear than most of the usually cited names about his availability to be a vice presidential nominee” says Rozell.
“It’s no surprise to me that he’s attaching himself to Mitt Romney on this trip to Virginia right now,” he adds.
The appearance also comes a week after a swing through the state by President Obama. Rozell says both trips emphasize how important Virginia may be in next year’s election.
A spokesman for the Governor says McDonnell will not make any endorsement in the Presidential race until after the statewide elections in Virginia next month.
But the spokesman says, “the Governor knows Romney very well and greatly respects his success in the private and public sectors and the positive campaign he is running.”
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When McDonnell was running for governor, Romney backed him with money and shoe leather. He did the same for Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General hopeful Ken Cuccinelli. Here’s a look back at Romney stumping for McDonnell on October 28, 2010, along with Bolling and Cuccinelli (the day after Obama was in Virginia campaigning for McDonnell’s rival, Creigh Deeds):
As you know, all three candidates were elected last November. Now, Lt. Gov Bill Bolling serves as Romney’s campaign chairman in Virginia.
“I will tell you personally, frankly, on a personal level, I’ve gotten to know Governor Romney pretty well over the last four years. He’s one of the finest men, one of the finest people I’ve ever met in my life. And, I think having someone like that – that you know and trust – in that awesome position of responsibility [president of United States] means a lot.”
“I’ve known a lot of people in politics over the years and I will tell you, I’ve not known anyone that I admire and respect more than I do Governor Romney. I have absolute confidence in his ability to lead the nation and do it effectively.” – VA Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Romney Campaign Chairman, Virginia
► Jayde Wyatt