The Washington Post is reporting Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has dropped out of the race for VA Governor in 2013, leaving the state’s Republican party to choose their candidate – and AG Ken Cuccinelli is thought to be ahead of the pack.
Cuccinelli is a man who needs no introduction, Equality Virginia sent us this quote from the VA Pilot this AM. It pretty squarely lays out why this is a terrible thing for the LGBT community and Virginia as a whole.
“Homosexual acts,” said candidate Cuccinelli are “intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law-based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. . . . They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”
Voter turn out is usually low in non-presidential election races. This could prove valuable to the right in the 2013 race. We’ll be following this story as it evolves.
UPDATE 5:00 PM: Turns out Bolling is not only dropping out of the race, hes also NOT endorsing Cuccinelli. In what has to be a rare lucid moment, Bolling told the Times Disbatch:
“The party has to decide whether we’re more interested in engaging in great ideological debates, or winning elections and earning the right to lead. At a time when we need to be involving more people with more diverse views in our party, our party’s leaders selected a method of nomination that is by its very nature exclusive.”
There are hints that Bolling could pursue some kind of 3rd party option, but its interesting to see, especially after the successes in the 2012 elections, how this will affect state politics here in VA. You can’t gerrymander your way to the executive office.