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Cuccinelli isn’t thinking about 2013, but won’t rule out run for governor

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Contrary to popular belief, there are many reasons why Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli may not run for governor of Virginia in 2013.

The controversial, but popular, GOP Attorney General has many options before him, prior to the next statewide election.

He could decide to run for re-election. He could decide to run for something else. His decision, which doesn’t need to come for some time, is something that is being watched closely by the Virginia political class.

But while many are watching his every move and interpreting them as clues to his future intentions, Cuccinelli is not concerned with 2013. He is far more worried about the challenges he currently has in front of him.

Here is my story on Cuccinelli’s future for NBC12:

He is a lightning rod who draws strong opinions from people who like and dislike him.

This week Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was the subject of a poll that shows him in a strong position if he decided to run for the republican nomination for governor of Virginia.

The question is, will he run?

“Are you even thinking about 2103?” I asked, during a one on one interview on Friday.

“No,” Cuccinelli replied. “That is the short answer, no”

No, Ken Cuccinelli is not as worried as the rest of the Virginia political class when it comes to what he will run for in 2013. But that doesn’t mean he has ruled anything out

The attorney general is darling of the right wing. He is praised for his aggressive confrontation of the Obama administration over the new health care law and his crusade for many other conservative causes.

“Given my affinity for first principles, the timing of my arrival (in the Attorney General’s office) has been quite fortuitous,” he said.

You can read and see the full story on NBC12.com

An extended clip of Attorney General Cuccinelli’s remarks on 2013 can be seen below:

A spokesperson for Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Ibbie Hendrick sent along the following statement in response to our story:

“The poll shows that the lieutenant governor and attorney general are well thought of by Virginia Republicans, and that’s good news for everyone.  As far as 2013 is concerned, the lieutenant governor has made no secret about the fact that he intends to run for governor and he looks forward to running on a united ticket with Ken Cuccinelli, just like Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling did in 2009. That would be our strongest ticket and a winning ticket.”

Written by Ryan Nobles

August 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm