Political Analyst on Lt. Gov. Bolling's Potential Run for Governor

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

HARRISONBURG -- Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling cast three tie-breaking votes in the Virginia Senate.

In a surprising move on Monday, he broke party lines, siding with the Democrats. On Tuesday, he was back with the Republicans, casting a tie breaking vote on a Republican backed bill that would require photo identification at the polls.

James Madison University Political Scientist Bob Roberts discussed if this has anything to do with Lt. Gov. Bolling's potential run for governor. Dr. Roberts said this shows Lt. Gov. Bolling is taking more moderate positions and that stance will help him gain more support if he decides to run as an independent candidate.

Dr. Roberts said Bolling will likely try to appeal to both parties during budget debates.

“He would try, I suspect, if there is a stalemate on the budget, he would try to mediate a dispute between them,” said Dr. Roberts, “So he comes out as the mature adult of the group where everyone else is coming out as children. So I think that is his goal right now and so far its working pretty well.”

Lt. Gov. Bolling withdrew his candidacy for the Republican nomination. He said there was more support for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli from the Republican party. He is considering running as an independent.

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