Gillespie for Senate?
Sunday, September 25, 2005 :::
A reader sends me a note to check out Bob Novak's column this morning for some Virginia news. I trudge on over and discover that some people are whispering this little ditty in Novak's ear:
Influential Virginia Republicans are eyeing former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie as a possible successor to Sen. John Warner if the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman does not seek re-election in 2008 at age 81.
Gillespie, a former House GOP staffer, headed the Republican National Committee during the 2004 campaign and was a major national spokesman for the party. He currently is on leave from his own lobbying firm and working at the White House to shepherd Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to confirmation as chief justice.
Gillespie told this column he has not been approached for the Senate seat. Nevertheless, the New Jersey native is talked about as the best bet to succeed Warner.
I wonder who these "influential Virginia Republican" might be? Given Novak's circle, the first choice would be Morton Blackwell.
No matter. I'm sure his (or their) preference for Gillespie, who would not necessarily be a bad choice, comes as news to people people like Jim Gilmore and Tom Davis. And probably Gillespie, too.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 9/25/2005