Attorney General Bob McDonnell just wrapped up a press conference in which he announced that he’s resigning to run for governor full-time. His campaign manager described it as “the most difficult decision Bob has ever had to make,” but that strikes me as enormously unlikely. McDonnell is the fourth consecutive Republican AG in Virginia to step down to run for governor. For comparison, Jerry Kilgore stepped down on February 1, 2005.
Here’s a bad sign for the coming race: He couldn’t get through his announcement without using the word “Democrat” as a pejorative.
The GA will appoint a replacement; McDonnell is asking that Bill Mims, his chief deputy, finish out his term.