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McDonnell expresses support for Cuccinelli’s 2013 bid

While disappointed that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling dropped his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday voiced his support for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, now the party’s presumptive nominee.

McDonnell said during an appearance on WRVA that he thought Bolling, who serves as the governor’s chief jobs creation officer, would have been “a very, very fine governor” but expressed his support for Cuccinelli.

Bolling in 2009 ran for a second term as lieutenant governor rather than challenge McDonnell, then attorney general, for the gubernatorial nomination.  McDonnell was backing Bolling for the job in 2013 but late last month, Bolling scrapped his bid.

McDonnell said on the radio Thursday that he has endorsed Cuccinelli and is “going to do everything I can to help Ken Cuccinelli become the next governor.”

“He’s smart, he’s passionate, he’s a good conservative, he’s gotten some things done for us at the Attorney General’s office and we’re going to be a team working together,” McDonnell said.

Terry McAuliffe, a green energy entrepreneur and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is his party’s only declared gubernatorial candidate.