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March 24, 2008

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This would be a tough choice for me if Chap got the itch. If only he were a Republican! Can't we convert him? He certainly ran to the right of Jeanne-Marie.

Daniel

What about Jay O'Brien? We need Cucinelli in the house. O'Brien is already announced and would be a GREAT AG.

Daniel

oh wait nvm, hes running for LG. I wonder if he will bow out due to Bolling?

mytwocents

I really like McDonnell but I completely disagree with the general assessment that he will be a strong top of the ticket. This could be a much weaker ticket than Kilgore. I don't think Bolling is the solution either. I think we are making exactly the same mistake we made in 05. We are rewarding a guy for making a screw up of monumental proportions. McDonnell screwed up as the top lawyer and head cheerleader for the transportation solution and he will be another weak top of the ticket in the tradition of Early and Kilgore. Deeds probably mops up McDonnell this time around and who knows what happens with Moran. Where are our principled conservatives who do NOT tax us without representation and have a solid understanding of the constitution? I cannot believe we are about to reward this complete disregard for conservative principles and the Va consitution. Please, I beg you, calling George Allen we need a real conservative like yourself! This transportation fiasco would never have taken place under your sound conservative regime, plus you are solid on the 2nd amendment.

Anon

With Bolling staying as LG, McDonnell will find it hard to support Cuccinelli. Bob will want an AG candidate from the west. Look for U.S. Attorney John Brownlee to jump in. He was appointed by Bush in 2001, and has been the top federal prosecutor for almost 1/2 of the state for 7 years.

mytwocents

I agree anon, I don't see McDonnell supporting Cuccinelli because he would be the "conservative" standardbearer. That really would not be acceptable for the GOP nominee to be outshined by the AG candidate. For one, Cuccinelli is probably too conservative for McDonnell. Brownlee if he is indeed McDonnell and Bush's puppet candidate will get crushed by Cuccinelli's grassroots crew that is literally second to none. Many more people will help Cuccinelli over McDonnell because he is more in line with the wishes of the conservative grassroots.

Chris

I don't think McDonnell would risk infuriating Cuccinelli's conservative backers by openly supporting an upstart opponent. Especially if the Dems are smart and nominate Creigh Deeds.

mytwocents

Chris,

I hope you are right but I don't think you realize the animosity right now in the party between McDonnell and some of the conservatives in the party who primarily back Cuccinelli. Many grassroots conservatives, especially outside of NOVA feel completely betrayed by McDonnell over his roll in the transportation fiasco. This could be a real "problem" for McDonnell should Cuccinelli get the nod. I think McDonnell-Bolling-Cuccinelli would get along but I think many of Cuccinelli's closest supporters feel McDonnell is a borderline "liberal" Republican because he essentially supports tax increases through localities. That is why it would not suprise me in the least if his people pushed Brownlee.

Chris

Well lets hope that McDonnell takes a lesson from Bolling's actions and do whats best for the party. The best thing McDonnell can do to shore up his right wing is to, at the very least, stay out of Cuccinelli's way. Because John Brownlee will not defeat Ken Cuccinelli. I think McDonnell is smart enough to know, at this moment, not to ruin all the good will Bolling's announcement has created.

Anon

Another problem with Cuccinelli is that he is not a prosecutor. If the Dems nominate Steve Shannon, he will get support from law enforcement because of his time as a prosecutor. Cuccinelli couldn't win without law enforcement. Brownlee, who is a solid conservative, would get all law enforcement and the entire west. I also think he grew up in Fairfax County and will play well in NOVA. McDonnell-Bolling-Brownlee

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