We will know the answer to that question in 3 days. Bill Bolling will announce his decision to run for Governor, or not, on Thursday . Recently Bolling has lost 45 pounds and has spent the last week vacationing with his wife Jean Ann in the Bahamas while he makes the final decision on an independent run for Governor.
Many people think Bolling won’t run, others think that he will. Some big republican donors, like McLean lawyer and real estate developer, G. Daniel Clemente, have urged Bolling not to run. Clemente said, “When I met with Bill Bolling, I said, ‘Please don’t run as an independent. The only thing you’re going to do is hand the election to Terry McAuliffe.’ ” Like many of us, he has wondered why Bolling didn’t do something when Ken Cuccinelli began to pack the Republican State Central Committee with members who would vote to change the method of nominating the Governor from a primary to a convention, knowing such a change would favor Ken Cuccinelli. ” ‘Cuccinelli was working out in the open, and Bill was coasting,’ Clemente said.”
Others, like the former CEO of BDM, Earle Williams, will support an independent run by Bolling.
“He would have an enormous appeal to a lot of people who don’t like the extreme left and the extreme right, and that has been the story of Virginia politics.” In 1993 Williams spent $2 million of his own money in his unsuccessful run for Governor.
While Bolling continues to say that his run depends on his ability to garner financial support, I think it has much more to do with ruining Ken Cuccinelli’s run for Governor. Bolling’s angry and holding a grudge against Virginia republicans, but most of all, Ken Cuccinelli. During the general assembly session Bolling prevented many republican bills from becoming law because he refused to support the bills. He’s angry and bitter. But is he angry and bitter enough to run an exhausting, 8 month, campaign that he can’t possibly win? I’m hoping that during this week in the Bahamas, Jean Ann will convince Bill of the futility of this campaign and help him explore other options for his future. We’ll know in three days if she was successful.