Former Governor Jim Gilmore is considering a run for Senate next year if Clinton and Kaine are elected. If Senator Kaine becomes Vice President Governor McAuliffe will appoint someone to fill his vacated Senate seat until a special election can be held in November of 2017.
Governor Gilmore attended Loudoun County Republican Committee on Monday night where he said he will “be taking a very close look” at running for Senator if the seat becomes vacant.
The Governor criticized Senator Kaine actions when he was Governor. He said Kaine has flip-floped on several issues including off shore drilling, abortion, and gun rights. From the Loudoun Tribune,
“He’s accomplished nothing as governor and accomplished nothing in the United States,” Gilmore said. “That’s why I suppose (Clinton) picked him (for vice president). She wanted someone who wouldn’t offer anything.”
The worst thing is not what he’s done, but what he’s failed to do,” Gilmore added. “What has he done? Don’t overlook the fact that Tim Kaine on this ticket is not really a proud Virginian that we can all be proud of.”
Gilmore is a Trump supporter and has campaigned around the state for him,
“We have no time for weak leadership, and Donald Trump will give us the strength we need.”
We previously wrote about the chance of a Senate race next year and the possible candidates here. Likely candidates for Senate are Shak Hill and Delegate Jimmie Massie (who also attended the LCRC meeting). Rumored candidates are Congressman Dave Brat, former Congressman Tom Davis, Pete Snyder, and possibly Rep. Barbara Comstock should she pull out a big win in the 10th district on November 8th.
More on Gilmore’s possible Senate run here.