Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling commented on Wednesday that an independent run for governor is not out of the question as he continues to poll Virginia’s voters and meet with business leaders. After Bolling bowed out of the Republican nomination process for governor, he said he would consider a third-party bid instead.
The story about Bolling’s intentions was originally broke by the good folks at the political blog, Blue Virginia.
According to Bolling, “We’ve done some polling to assess where we might stand in a three-way race. There’s a lot of due diligence to be done to assess the feasibility of an independent campaign for governor…”
If Bolling does run for governor as a third-party candidate, he’ll primarily be taking away votes from his attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican front-runner for governor. Through a slavish following and some adept political moves, Cuccinelli was able to relatively easily slip the gubernatorial rug out from under Bolling’s feet, so to speak. Obviously, however, Bolling isn’t quite ready to concede the race for governor to Cuccinelli.
Democratic front-runner for governor, Terry McAuliffe, would like nothing more than to see these two Republican representatives slug it out like Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did while he was a candidate for the Republican nomination. And I would personally like to see Bolling and Cuccinelli slug it out for the sake of entertainment.
It has already been interesting to witness the Lt. Gov. breaking from his boss, Gov. Bob McDonnell. After the mass killings in Connecticut, Bolling came out against arming school staff while McDonnell supported it. Is all fair in love and politics or has this political fragmentation caused real tension between the governor and his lieutenant?
If Bolling runs for governor as a third-party candidate, he may force McAuliffe to move more towards the middle of the political spectrum. I’ll leave it up for you to decide whether this is a good thing or not (not!).