Though CNET brought Minor to the West Coast, where he still owns homes, his love for Virginia remains so strong that in 2007, he told a local paper that he was interested in becoming governor. Asked about it again, he nods. “I’ve been saying that for a long time, and I get more serious every time. I always have plenty of things I want to see, do, change.”
Minor—a Republican who admits to voting twice for George W. Bush—is surprisingly humble about his chances of winning. “I don’t spend enough time right now in Virginia to understand the complexity of the issues,” he says. “And I think I’m too blunt, ultimately.”
A moment later, humility goes out the window. “Why I think I’d be good, even though I’d be blunt, is that I think I’m very creative. I think I’m a good problem solver. And, you know, I have faith in my own decisionmaking process.” He adds, “Thomas Jefferson had James Madison to kind of make things happen. And maybe I’ll find a James Madison, and he can take my idealistic visions and get them implemented. ”
Read the whole profile to learn why this is such a hilariously bad idea. He’s got the money of Mark Warner, but all of the lovable attributes of Jim Gilmore and the myriad enemies of Harry Byrd. Maybe Republicans will have their own version of Terry McAuliffe.