To echo the Drudge Report:
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Sources confirm to Virginia Virtucon that the House GOP caucus is very close to landing their top recruiting prospect for the 52nd House of Delegates Dist. being vacated in 2009 by RPV Chairman Del. Jeff Frederick. For the past few weeks, top GOP leaders have been working hard to recruit former PWC Chairman Sean Connaughton to run for the open 52nd Dist. seat next year. Those same sources indicated that Connaughton is now inclined to make such a run.
Connaughton is currently the U.S. Maritime Administrator and has been nominated to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner by President Bush. However, his time as Administrator will end when the Obama administration comes into office in January and it now appears likely that the Senate will not take up his nomination to be a Commissioner (which has a term running through June 30, 2012.)
Once his time as Administrator ends, Connaughton’s focus will be on finding a job. While Connaughton appears certain to head back to private law practice, given his bulked up resume he should be able to write his own ticket with any maritime law firm. Such a deal could include granting him the time off each year to attend the General Assembly session in Richmond. Upon securing employment with such favorable terms, Connaughton will then be able to jump formally into the race.