Update: Here's a line from a just-moved Associated Press report on Bolling's announcement: "Bolling said in a state Capitol news conference he decided that family finances and the necessity of building a new business precluded a costly, full-time run in 2009 for an office he said he still wants."
Building a new business? I'm sure there's more explanation to follow, but is Bolling really saying, "I can't give up my state sinecure until I get a new business off the ground...?
And does the state have any other openings where people can draw a salary while they work on becoming entrepreneurs?
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is holding a press conference (at the moment) where he is expected to announce that he will seek re-election instead of running for governor in 2009.
Let's assume that he hasn't made that decision because he really enjoys being lieutenant governor -- one of those extraordinarily rare "safe" assumptions. So what's he up to?
Here's my first guess: Winning re-election would keep him in the public eye (issuing press releases and speaking to Kiwanis breakfasts) right up through 2012, when Jim Webb's Senate seat -- the seat Webb won by fewer than 10,000 votes -- comes up for election. And let's face it, Webb has been a high-profile freshman senator, but he hasn't done much to boost his approval ratings in Virginia.
I'm thinking that's the job Bolling has his eye on.
What he would do if George Allen decides he wants a rematch is anybody's guess. So, anybody, have at it.