Diary

Foster Launches AG Bid...and Look at the Consultant

And Foster makes three. David Foster, an Arlington attorney, has tossed his hat into the ring for the Republican Attorney General nomination. He’s saying most of the right things for the time (but, as Waldo notes, education is not one of the Attorney General’s responsibilities…it reminds me of Steve Baril’s 2005 campaign for the post when he decided to focus on transportation).

But of greater interest is this:

Foster’s chief strategist is M. Boyd Marcus Jr., a veteran operative who this year was lead adviser to defeated U.S. Senate nominee Jim Gilmore, a former governor.

Hmmm. What to make of this? Putting on the tin foil hat for a moment (oooh…look at the colors!), we can make some guesses…

The unspoken distaste both the Bolling and McDonnell camps have for Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign may be playing itself out again. Why doesn’t the idea of Cuccinelli joining them on the ticket next November thrill either man? Ken’s “too conservative,” and “not a team player.”

That’s for the convention to decide. But trying to trim the odds, it does seem as though both Bolling and McDonnell are working to ensure that the delegates have other alternatives. A cursory look at the VPAP records will show the links between McDonnell and Brownlee. Entirely innocent, perhaps. But interesting nonetheless. And now we have the Bolling-Foster ties through Boyd Marcus. Again, perhaps entirely innocent, but still interesting.

And that’s not even counting the sometimes intertwined factions baying for Jeff Frederick’s head. They may find themselves in the role of the dog who catches the car. What do they do next? Besides turn on each other, that is?

The connections do show one thing clearly — the Virginia GOP’s political culture remains fairly incestuous. One would think, considering the party’s recent troubles, someone would take pains to expand the consultant gene pool on the possibility that a couple of new ideas might find their way into campaigns. Not that Democrats don’t have the same problem. They do. “Moving Virginia forward” has moved from rallying cry to cliche. And a rather limp one at that.

But as my distant colleague at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jeff Schapiro, would say, it all makes for “good copy.”

(cross-posted at Tertium Quids)