“We’ve had governors and lieutenant governors of the same party that didn’t talk much to each other, so it is very unusual for a lieutenant governor to play a role that Gov. McDonnell has enabled me to play, and I think that’s in large part because of the strength of the personal relationship that we have and the strength of the trust that we have,” Mr. Bolling, who is running for governor in 2013, said in an interview last month.
And with a 20-20 Democrat-Republican split in the Virginia Senate through at least 2016 - barring any retirements or party shuffles - the lieutenant governor’s tie-breaking role in the upper chamber has become that much more significant. Mr. Bolling broke 28 ties during the 2012 session, compared with 19 in his previous six years combined.
On the Democratic side, Aneesh Chopra, the White House’s former chief technology officer, has been mentioned as a possible candidate.
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