McDonnell Resigns to Run
Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell, the all-but-certain GOP nominee for governor this year, has informed his staff he's stepping down to concentrate on the ...
Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell, the all-but-certain GOP nominee for governor this year, has informed his staff he's stepping down to concentrate on the campaign.
It's the most common thing in the world for attorneys general to run for governor, but in Virginia in recent years, the Republican AGs, such as Jim Gilmore and Jerry Kilgore, have resigned their office to run full-time for governor several months before Election Day.
I don't know what it is about the culture in Virginia that prompts this. I remember Gilmore trying to make it an issue in his run against Don Beyer, then the lieutenant governor, saying that politicians should leave office when running for governor, rather than collecting a paycheck for a job they clearly no longer had time for.
And yet other AGs -- and mayors and legislators and anybody making any move up the ladder -- hold onto their position and point to it as proper training for the next job.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Texas Agency Responsible for Protecting State from Pollution Is Fighting Tougher Ozone Standards2 hours ago
Georgia Towns Are Getting Rich off Speeding Tickets2 hours ago
North Dakota Fights over How to Spend Huge Oil Revenues53 minutes ago
Child Poverty Reaches Highest Rate in 20 Years1 hour ago
California Prisons End Race-Based Punishments1 hour ago
Justice Dept. Condemns Ferguson Leaks as 'Inappropriate Effort to Influence Public Opinion'1 hour ago