2009 GOP AG Campaign: Game OnApr 17, 2008
They were dropping out left and right: Delegate Robb Bell (R-58, Albermarle), Richmond lawyer and 2005 GOP nomination contestant Steve Baril and Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg) all within the last week or so have declined to seek the 2009 nomination for attorney general, with former Delegate Paul Harris reportedly still undecided. It all pointed to an already-taking-off-campaign by Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) scaring off potential rivals. It was looking as if the GOP would have a completely unified ticket 18 months before the election since a credible campaign needs the time to organize, especially for people not well known across the entire Commonwealth. All this while the Democrats still don't have any candidates for AG or LG.
Then, earlier today, John Brownlee, United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, announced his resignation. All signs point to his joining the campaign fun. So there will be at least two candidates seeking the Republican nod.
Politics isn't supposed to be boring. The 2009 GOP nomination season came within a few weeks of it guaranteeing a snoozer. But as we know . . . it's never boring. Game on.