From the World Trade Center ruins, "America's Mayor" emerged.
He's a man who is now inspiring others to be strong in the face of adversity. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani addressed hundreds of state leaders in Richmond Wednesday. His tribute to leadership was also a tribute to Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.
"He can take risks, make changes, and campaign tirelessly. This state is going to be very, very well served by a governor with the background he has," Giuliani said.
Kilgore hasn't officially announced his plans to run for governor in 2005, but Giuliani told him it's not too early to start campaigning. And that's exactly what it sounds like he's doing.
"I am ready to lead Virginia into the future!" exclaimed Kilgore to the crowd.
Guiliani said it takes two skills to be a great leader - preparedness and courage. He says Kilgore's got both and that'll better serve our state down the road.
"You never know in an election how important that election might be because you never know the challenges that lie ahead," Giuliani said.
He was referring to President Bush and 9-11. His words inspired local delegate Chris Saxman.
"I think his message to be relentlessly prepared, have courage and stick to your guns is a good message to take home," he said.
Kilgore's formal run for governor won't be announced until next year.