RICHMOND — Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said Wednesday that he has been polling voters and meeting with business leaders to gauge the viability of an independent bid for governor.
Bolling (R) said he was considering a run as an independent candidate when he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination in November. But some political observers doubted his seriousness, even as he went on over the next month to become uncharacteristically vocal on a number issues, including uranium mining and arming school teachers.
The disclosure that Bolling has been courting business leaders and polling, made in an interview with The Washington Post, is the first indication that the lieutenant governor has taken some concrete steps toward an independent run.
“We’re very seriously evaluating the feasibility of an independent campaign,” Bolling said. “I have been meeting with a number of business leaders across the state to discuss that possibility. We’ve done some polling to assess where we might stand in a three-way race. There’s a lot of due diligence to be done to assess the feasibility of an independent campaign for governor, and we continue in the process of doing that due diligence.”