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Sunday, September 29, 2013
For a man who is not running for governor, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has had a lot to say about the race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Lt. Gov. Ken Cuccinelli — whose deft political footwork denied Bolling his party’s nomination.
Last week in Henry County, where Eastman Chemical Co. announced an expansion that’s expected to add 25 jobs in job-starved Southside, Bolling gave the stump speech that might have been: lauding the McDonnell administration, in which he served as “chief job creator,” and noting that Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Virginia’s first deputy commerce secretary for rural economic development.
Sour grapes often flavor Bolling’s remarks these days, but his emphasis last week was on the sweet fruit promised by regional partnerships formed to revive an economy ruined by manufacturing losses. “I am confident Southern Virginia is on the way back.”
One of the two major candidates for governor will have some power to affect that. If they meet for a third debate, tentatively set at Virginia Tech, Cuccinelli and McAuliffe should talk about how rural Virginia can link into the new economy.
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