Is Tom Davis backing Ken Cuccinelli for governor?

Former congressman Thomas M. Davis III is raising money for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, but that doesn’t mean Davis is endorsing Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor — yet.

Davis, who now does government relations work for Deloitte & Touche, among other pursuits, confirmed in an interview Tuesday that he would indeed be hosting an upcoming fundraiser for Cuccinelli, as was first reported on the conservative Common Sense blog.

But Davis said the event would raise money for Cuccinelli’s political action committee, Liberty Now, not for his gubernatorial campaign.

“We scheduled this before Ken announced for governor,” Davis said. “We didn’t see any reason to cancel it.”

Davis said he didn’t plan to weigh in publicly yet on the 2013 contest, which will pit Cuccinelli against Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling in a marquee Republican primary.

At first blush, Davis and Cuccinelli appear to be strange bedfellows. In his 14 years representing Northern Virginia in Congress, Davis developed a reputation as a moderate who was willing to work with Democrats. Cuccinelli, by contrast, has fought constantly with Democrats while attracting devout supporters in the tea party movement.

But they share geographic roots, both having represented Fairfax County. More important, Davis has a bumpy history with Bolling, as Bolling was a strong critic of Davis when the congressman sought to run for the U.S. Senate in 2008. (Davis bowed out of that campaign when party leaders decided to nominate their candidate at a convention rather than in a primary.)

For a more in-depth analysis of why a Davis-Cuccinelli alliance would make sense, read this piece from Mason Conservative.

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