There was much talk among those attending the Advance about the race for Governor in 2009. All three potential contenders were in attendance. But each had a different demeanor and approach.
Bob McDonnell is clearly running and was as close as you can get to openly campaigning without actually doing so. Supporters were spotted wearing “Run Bob Run – Governor 2009” buttons.
George Allen and Bill Bolling were a different story. Allen attended the Saturday luncheon and spoke as Fred Thompson’s surrogate. However, George did not have any type of personal or campaign presence. At the very least I expected a hospitality suite. Allen was not acting like a candidate committed to running for Governor.
As focused as McDonnell seemed to be on 2009, Bolling could not have been more different. In fact, his theme was “Keep the Focus on 2008”. While many were openly speculating about his plans in the coming years, he seemed to find the talk of 2009 distracting. There is no question in my mind that Bill is running in 2009. I just don't believe he knows which office he will seek.