In Romney Cabinet, Virginia Gov. a Likely Attorney General Pick?
By Elizabeth Murphy | August 20, 2012 11:59 am

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell beat back rumors this week that he is the top choice for Attorney General in a Mitt Romney presidential cabinet.

Bob McDonnell (R)

The Republican governor said in an interview that he’s not going to focus on any future positions until after the November election, according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“For the next 90 days I don’t think anybody’s seriously thinking about anything other than how do we… win this election,” he said. “How do we capture the hearts and minds of the independent voters.”

McDonnell has served as governor of the state since January 2010, and is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He has roots in the law, serving as Virginia’s Attorney General from 2006 to 2009. He’s a former lieutenant colonel in the Army and served in the state’s House of Delegates from 1993 to 2006. McDonnell received his law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.

According to the radio interview on the “The John Fredericks Show,” a number of “high-placed people” within the Romney campaign said McDonnell is at the top of the list for the Justice Department chief post.

McDonnell was a favorite as a potential vice president pick earlier in the year, as he is a big supporter of the presumptive Republican nominee.  But McDonnell was not convinced by this new round of speculation.

“That’s all just rampant speculation,” the governor said in the interview. “And at this point I’d say I’ve got a great job here in Virginia with big ideas for the next session, and I’m going to focus on that. So we’ll talk about all that November, December.”


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