Bill Bolling: Don’t Do It

A message for Lt. Governor Bolling:

Don’t do it.

Don’t run as an independent for Governor and squander your legacy as a Republican Delegate, State Senator and two-term Lt. Governor.

Don’t throw away 20+ years of work in defeating Democrats that will be for naught as you will be remembered as the man handing the Governor’s Mansion over to Terry McAuliffe.

Don’t throw away long lasting friendships that will inevitably be severed, some of which are decades old, from your time on the Hanover Board of Supervisors.

Don’t betray the hundreds of people that have volunteered, worked and sweated so many years for you.

Don’t betray the trust of so many political colleagues that have supported you over the years, including Majority Leader Cantor, Governor George Allen, Governor Jim Gilmore and Governor Mitt Romney to name a few.

Don’t betray the donors who have contributed to you as a future Republican candidate for Governor, not as a third-party spoiler.

Don’t betray Governor McDonnell, whose elevation made you the most powerful Lt. Governor in modern Virginia history.

Don’t make the mistake I’ve seen with so many clients; make major decisions out of anger or fear.

Don’t forget the example of Charlie Crist, who withdrew against a “Tea Party inspired” opponent because polling numbers indicated he would win the Florida Senate seat as an independent. Polling numbers are fickle, and yours will only go down, not up, if you declare. In Florida, Crist had a much larger war chest and universal name identification as a sitting Governor compared to your current situation as Lt. Governor. In the end, Crist was crushed, because voters aren’t naive and don’t appreciate naked political opportunism.

Finally, don’t forget you are a Republican and this is a party you have been proud to call home for all of your adult life. To leave in such a manner would permanently tarnish your legacy.

Politics is a unpredictable business, and yesterday’s goat is tomorrow’s frontrunner. It also means building political capital rather than squandering it. Make no mistake, an independent run for governor is nothing more than a big, bold leap off the cliff of irrelevancy.

Do the right thing, endorse Attorney General Cuccinelli and work to build up the party for November’s election rather than tearing it down.

Do the right thing and doors will open.

Do the wrong thing, and future opportunities will be null and void.

  • Wally Erb

    Loyalty is a fickle game. Lt. Governor, if you believe you are entering this race, irrespective of political party credentials, is because of the dialog and ultimate choice you can offer the electorate, then your decision is clear. True patriots base their decisions on their beliefs uninfluenced by nay-sayers that put party machinery before righteousness. Clearly, there is little doubt that party selection process is influenced by the few rather than the majority. Based upon your past performance and tenure, your qualifications to lead the Commonwealth are impeccable and beyond question. So the question is, are you determined to go out quietly in the night never to be heard from again, or are you going to offer the electorate the choices they deserve?

  • Well said, Jason… very well said.

  • brianrw

    2013 will be much more fun if Bolling runs indy. More revealing of the electorate, as well.

  • Mike Barrett

    Of for Pete’s sake, he has every right to let the republicans who just spend the last two years making making sure they would lose the last election from making the same mistake again. In the long run, even if he loses, he will have delivered a lesson that you can’t thumb your nose at the electorable and expect to win statewide elections.

  • Tim J

    Based on his recent statements, Bolling’s “legacy” is being left in the dust of his ego and a bitter sense of entitlement to the office for which he made a deal.

  • Wow! I don’t which was longer…the article or the author’s self-promostion resume. Jason, if you are all that and then some. Look, if Bill Bolling wants to run as Independent, that is his right as citizen. I don’t see any need to “tell him” what his legacy will be or won’t be coming from you. I think he is fully capable of making those decisons for himself. I’m a little disappointed in this treatise. Is it about you, or about just why this bugs you so much. I am fairly confident Ken C can lose all by himself without any help from Bill Bolling.

  • EricMcGrane

    Part of me wants him to run. It’ll expose his true character, so you’ll no longer have doubts or questions….you’ll damn well know.

    • I am thinking the same thing.. sad really.

  • Bill Bolling for Governor 2013

    Unbelievable. Since when is the “right thing” to cover your own legacy and make sure your party wins at all costs, even if they don’t deserve to? No, good sir. The “right thing” to do is stand up for what you believe in, even if you know you might not prevail. We have two of the most extremist nominees for statewide office in recent history at a time when Americans and Virginians are more turned off than ever before because of divisive politics. The “right thing” to do is certainly not to roll over and go quietly into the sunset as Virginia burns under partisan insurgency; the “right thing” is to run and show that Virginia is not as divided as her politics suggest and that there is a reasonable path forward. Virginia’s Gubernatorial election is always a bell-weather. Let’s make 2013 the bell-weather of change with dissatisfaction in the lack of compromise in Washington and in Richmond.

    • The right thing to do is also not to use a pseudonym, Venu Katta. You’re far more credible.

    • This is ridiculous. There are right ways and wrong ways to stand up for what you believe. If Bill felt that Cuccinelli was such a bad choice, he should have stayed in the race and fought with him for the nomination. That was where the battle should have been fought, not in an independent bid that will only result in a Democratic victory.

      As for “extremists,” Ken and Bill have almost no daylight between them on policy. If Ken is extreme, Bill is too.

      • Who, dear sir, made you the arbiter of right and wrong?

        • Craig, don’t ask stupid questions. We all decide what is right and wrong for ourselves and we apply those standards to everyone we meet.

          • Brian, you wrote (above): “There are right ways and wrong ways to stand up for what you believe.” There are no stupid questions, Brian, only stupid answers.

      • Brian, further. Bill and Ken may agree on most issues, but there is a big difference between being a man of conviction while allowing others their right to disagree, and being a pedantic bomb throwing “my way or the highway” sort of guy. Surely you can see the dangers here.

        • As much as I have disagreed with Ken in the past, I have not seen him engage in “my way or the highway” style legislating. He’s never really been in a capacity to I that. Not as a freshman or sophomore Senator in the minority, nor as AG.

          • I did not mention any of his legislation, since, as you say, there is none (a likely outcome of “my way or the highway” appraoch.) I am talking about his bombastic rhetoric. Words are one thing, actual accomplishments are quite another. That is where I see a big difference between Mr. Bolling and Mr. Cuccinelli.

  • Mike Barrett

    Given the right wing tilt in this year’s Assembly session, which provides full emphasis that the republicans in Virginia have no intention of evaluating their electoral failures, Bolling is likely to be the only hope for a party that could stop itself from sinking into oblivion in the long term only by changing direction. As a moderate and centrist businessman, this Commonwealth would benefit from restoration of common sense, pragmatic government reforms, and Bolling, to his credit, will at least ensure that a discussion of restoration will take place. Otherwise, the right will simply descend into irrelevancy, pushing for more voter suppression, more no tax blather to the detriment of the major functions of government, less freedom and liberty for all Virginians including minorities and woman, and increasing isolation from traditional republicans for whom extremism is damaging to business and politics alike.

  • Chad Parker

    Jason Miyares is a Virginia-based attorney and
    political consultant. Jason is a graduate of JMU and William & Mary School Law. In 2010 he was the Campaign Manager for candidate Scott Rigell. He
    lives in Virginia with his wife and three daughters.

    There. Rewrote it for you.

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