Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told staffers Thursday he plans to run for governor, setting up a likely primary showdown with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.
The Washington Post obtained a copy of an email sent by Cuccinelli to members of his staff Thursday afternoon.
“[A]as the rumors swirl, I find it necessary to put them to rest,” Cuccinelli wrote, noting Wednesday’s media reports of his impending announcement.
Cuccinelli said he does not intend to resign as attorney general to mount a campaign for governor. “The people of Virginia trusted me to be their attorney general, and I intend to give them their full four years. I also think it is important to see these lawsuits against the federal government all the way through, as they are unprecedented battles for liberty in our lifetimes,” Cuccinelli wrote.
As Cuccinelli officially announced his bid for governor, the current governor affirmed his support for Bolling. As the Richmond Times Dispatch reports, Bob McDonnell issued a statement saying he prefers a scenario where Bolling and Cuccinelli continue to serve together.