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2016: Jeb … or Mitt?

Jeb-MittBy Lynn R. Mitchell

I have not written before now about Mitt Romney’s comments Friday when he told a group of donors that he is still considering entering the 2016 presidential race (see Romney to GOP donors: ‘I want to be President’).

Quite frankly, it was surprising. For months I had listened, hoping to hear that Mitt would get into the 2016 campaign but hearing his continued denials over and over and over and over. I was fully supportive of him in 2008 and 2012, even served on his Virginia Steering Committee in 2012, and enthusiastically attended the pre-election rally held at Fishersville’s Expoland in 2012 that brought out 10,000 supporters and also featured VP candidate Congressman Paul Ryan, Romney Virginia Chair Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and former Virginia First Lady Susan Allen.

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Ethics commission submits first report to Governor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government, headed up by former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and former Congressman Rick Boucher, turned in an interim report on their recommendations on ethics reforms. The report contains recommendations that will strengthen ethics oversight and enforcement, place new restrictions on gifts and loans, reduce the potential for conflicts of interests, and clarify post-public service restrictions. Governor McAuliffe will review the report and make final decisions on his legislative initiatives in the coming weeks.

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Bill Bolling: Will GOP learn from Gillespie campaign?

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling has an excellent op-ed in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch where he noted that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie was able to pull many factions on the right together to come within a less than a point of beating incumbent Mark Warner. While that’s good, it’s still a loss for the Virginia Republican Party which has lost “nine of the past 10 top-of-the-ticket statewide campaigns in Virginia.”

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RPV Chairman Pat Mullins’ partisan retort is not helpful in search for ethics reform

Republican elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

No sooner had Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a bipartisan commission on ethics reform to be headed up by former Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and former Democratic Congressman Rich Boucher than the Republican Party of Virginia’s Chairman Pat Mullins came out with a snarky response.

I’m not the only one who has grown weary of partisan politics. This was the latest childish retort from Mullins (see Ethics Reform. Terry McAuliffe. Really?):

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Bill Bolling to head up governor’s ethics commission

Bill Bolling, Jean Ann 2014 Lt. Gov dinnerBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling has one more job to add to his already-full plate of interests along with his full-time job: co-chairing a commission to study ethics, campaign-finance reform, and nonpartisan redistricting.

According to Laura Vozzella with the Washington Post (see In wake of McDonnell conviction, McAulifee to announce ethics commission), Bolling, a Republican, will be appointed today by Governor Terry McAuliffe to head up the new commission along with former Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher. The announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol in Richmond.

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Bill Bolling: ‘McDonnell verdict is heartbreaking’

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Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, long-time political ally with former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, commented Thursday night on Facebook about the verdict that was returned Thursday afternoon in Richmond:

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Happy Anniversary to Jean Ann and Bill Bolling

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Bill Bolling, Jean Ann 2014 Lt. Gov dinnerSending anniversary greetings to one of the nicest couples in politics — Jean Ann and Bill Bolling. Virginia is better because they shared a number of years in public service during their 36 years of marriage. The Lieutenant Governor wrote on Facebook:

“Jean Ann and I are celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary today. Life is much better when you find a partner to share it with, and I certainly made a wise choice when I asked Jean Ann to marry me. I’m just glad she said “yes.” We’ve had a great life together, and I look forward to spending many more years with the love of my life.”

Here’s wishing them all the best and another 36 years together!

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
January 2014

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Happy Birthday, Kurt Michael, from all of us at LynnRMitchell.com

Happy Birthday 1Everyone at LynnRMitchell.com wishes the happiest of birthdays to our managing editor
Dr. Kurt Michael!
We’ve had an exciting year that will continue and only get bigger as we grow. Wishing this long-time friend many more birthdays!

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Bill Bolling says Mitt Romney was right

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Mitt Romney was right.

That’s the assessment of former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling in an op-ed published in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch (see Bolling: Mitt Romney was right).  Bolling was Romney’s Virginia coordinator for his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Lt. Gov. Bolling noted in his op-ed:

A recent CNN poll indicated that if the 2012 presidential election were held today, Mitt Romney would defeat President Barack Obama by a comfortable margin of 53 percent to 44 percent.

That’s a dramatic turnaround from the 2012 election, which Obama won 51 percent to 47 percent. What accounts for this 13 percent swing in American attitudes toward the man they elected president, and the man they wish they had elected?

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Mitt Romney 2016? — UPDATED

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Mitt Romney 26 chart

This graphic has been making the rounds with my Mitt Romney friends. When he appeared in Richmond at Burgers with Bill in June (see photos) — along with Bill Bolling, Ed Gillespie, and Bob McDonnell — Governor Romney was asked over and over by guests and the media if he planned to run (or if he would run) for President in 2016. His response was always a smile followed by, “No.” I got the sense he was being patient and courteous but he truly meant it.

Though he seemed resolved in his response, I’ve been around politicians long enough to know that “no” doesn’t always mean no. One has to wonder if there is a circumstance that would open that door to make Romney run again. Or is this just pie-in-the-sky hopes of longtime supporters?

Here’s another look at the issue from Damon Linker at The Week (see The laughable campaign to get Mitt Romney to run in 2016).

Update: Here’s another very positive look (see The Case for Mitt Romney in 2016 in Politico).

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Bill Bolling: ‘It’s time for party registration in Virginia’

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What do Republicans in Virginia and Mississippi have in common?

No, this is not a joke, it’s a serious question.

The answer?

Both states recently had high-visibility Republican primaries, but the outcome was not determined by Republicans. Instead, the outcome was determined by independents and Democrats, and these elections vividly demonstrate why we need party registration in Virginia, and why primary elections should be limited to self-identified Republicans and Democrats.

So begins Bill Bolling’s column, “It’s time for party registration in Virginia,” in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch. He goes on to cite the reasons why voter registration by party is needed in Virginia. I agree. Good read.

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ICYMI: Photos from ‘Burgers with Bill’

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For 20 years, Bill Bolling — former Virginia Lieutenant Governor, state Senator, and Hanover County supervisor — has gathered with friends and supporters in June near the date of his birthday on the 15th for Burgers with Bill, a casual cookout fundraiser. This year was the 20th anniversary of that event and it was an invitation-only evening in Richmond, compliments of Bolling’s Mainstream Virginia Project. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, it was literally the hottest ticket in town with hundreds in attendance.

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Burgers with Bill: Mitt and Kurt

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Governor Mitt Romney and Dr. Kurt Michael at Tuesday’s “Burgers with Bill” event in RVA.
Kurt is our political cartoonist and managing editor at LynnRMitchell.com.

 

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
June 17, 2014

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Photos # 6 – Burgers with Bill: Jean Ann and Bill Bolling

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????“Burgers with Bill” was a huge success with hundreds of Republican donors, activists, and long-time volunteers enjoying an upbeat atmosphere with friends and allies they have worked with for years.

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Photos #5 – Burgers with Bill: Signing the bus, Gillespie style

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??????????Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling signs as Ed Gillespie watches. (More photos after the fold.)

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