Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling took a jab at likely 2013 gubernatorial primary opponent and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday, calling Cucchinelli an “ideological firebrand” while speaking to a Northern Virginia business group.
Bolling, who will likely face Cucchinelli in a primary battle, presented himself as a moderate candidate who can solve problems and get things done while avoiding hyper-partisanship.
“That’s the kind of mainstream, conservative leadership I offer, and that’s the kind of mature and responsible approach I’ve always taken to governing, and if that’s what people want in the next governor of Virginia, they’ll be attracted to my candidacy,” he said.
“And if they want an ideological firebrand, when every day is a fight about this or that or the next thing, then they’ll have a choice, and they’ll just have to decide, what kind of governor they want,” Bolling said.
He continued, “If, in 2013, people are looking for a governor who is committed to providing mainstream conservative leadership that focuses on solving problems, getting things done and building a better Virginia, then they will be attracted to my campaign. ... If, on the other hand, they want a different kind of governor, they’ll be attracted to someone else’s candidacy.”
At the end of the day, Bolling said, “Governing has to be about more than breaking the dishes. Governing has to do with getting things done.”
Bolling was speaking to the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce in Fairfax County.
Cuccinelli was also in Northern Virginia Tuesday, as part of a forum on fraud prevention and consumer protection for the elderly in Springfield. He did not address the election.