Former RNC Chair eyes Virginia Senate Seat

For a guy who hasn’t formally said he’s running for U.S. Senate, Ed Gillespie is making the rounds a candidate would.


The possible Republican contender is scheduled to visit Norfolk Saturday for the stated purpose of rallying support for local freight executive Wayne Coleman ahead of an upcoming Jan. 7 special election for a Hampton Roads-based Virginia Senate seat.

(Gillespie is to attend the Jan. 4 Norfolk GOP breakfast meeting at Cagney’s Restaurant, 1108 E. Little Creek Rd., at 8 a.m. on behalf of Coleman, who faces Del. Lynwood Lewis, an Eastern Shore Democrat and attorney, in the state Senate race.)

And while such an appearance is consistent with his duties as chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, a Friday e-mail to political reporters about Gillespie’s Norfolk stop had the feel of campaign advisory.

Another curiosity: The e-mail arrived one day after state Sen. Jeff McWaters, R-Virginia Beach, told The Virginian-Pilot he won’t run for U.S. Senate and is supporting Gillespie.

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