By Carten Cordell │ Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — Amidst the fallout of Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s decision not to run for governor in Virginia’s 2013 state election, politicians from around the state sang their praises for the outgoing leader.
State Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Fairfax, said Bolling provided fair management in the Senate, despite governing from the other side of the aisle.
“As a freshman senator in 2012, I was very impressionable, and I paid close attention to how the lieutenant governor acted, because he presided over the Senate,” she said. “I have to say, I think he presided in a very fair and judicious manner.”
Favola added that even while the Senate was split evenly on party lines with Bolling as the tiebreaker, the lieutenant governor operated in an impartial manner befitting his office.
“I think he ensured there was a certain amount decorum and in very objective and nonpartisan way,” she said. “Now he did take some tie-votes that I disagreed with, but I can say that in terms of his demeanor and his ability to preside over the Senate in a fair and objective manor, he really did do a good job.”
State Sen. Richard Black, R-Loudoun, said Bolling’s legacy and reputation will extend beyond his time in the lieutenant governor’s office.
“Bill Bolling is a well-regarded individual within the party,” said Black. “I think Bill made the right decision (to step down). I think Ken Cuccinelli has overwhelming support for governor, but at the same time, I could see Bill Bolling being tapped as a senior statesman on various commissions or boards.
“Frankly, I could see Cuccinelli appointing him to head up certain things. That’s speculation on my part, but I do see him continuing to be active. He’s very bright and has a strong background in government.”
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