Terps texted me yesterday before I had seen this story, telling me (incorrectly, as it turns out) that Roanoke Mayor David Bowers was thinking about running for Virginia Attorney General.
That one really got my wheels turning, because the AG’s post requires legal and well as political talent. The former is a quality I’ve never witnessed in Bowers — and I’ve seen him in action in court.
He’s great in a parade though, whether he’s leading or trailing the Kazim Temple Clowns.
It was a great relief to learn that Terps was wrong, and that Bowers is instead floating a trial balloon for his candidacy for the office of Lieutenant Governor. That’s a do-nothing job Bowers could ably handle, provided the governor he serves under is relatively young and healthy.
Witness Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. In his nearly eight years in office, he’s done very little. Most of the time Bolling has spent waiting to run for governor. He has a spokesman who sends out a weekly schedule, a list of mostly meaningless meetings Bolling attends around the state, shaking hands.
In 2011, Bolling cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate under which the General Assembly passed a law requiring abortion clinics to comply with building regulations of outpatient hospitals.
It was Bolling’s only act of any significance in almost eight years. Measured against that yardstick, Bowers could do little harm in the post.
Some people consider lieutenant governor a stepping stone to governor. But in the case of Bowers, I don’t buy it. He has about as much chance of being elected governor as I would have being elected president of the Roanoke Tea Party.
So Bowers gets my endorsement — for the second time this year!
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