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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 01/04/2012

One month and counting: GOP rivals Bolling and Cuccinelli still haven’t spoken

In case you were wondering, no, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli still haven’t spoken since Cuccinelli announced he would challenge Bolling in the 2013 GOP gubernatorial primary in early December.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, right (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

“We speak when we need to,” Bolling told reporters Wednesday.

The attorney general called the lieutenant governor after he told his staff he would run, but Bolling did not return his call, both men have acknowledged.

Instead, Bolling has issued a couple of scathing news releases about Cuccinelli — one responding to his decision n the governor’s race and another on the attorney general’s change of heart about getting more presidential candidates on the state’s GOP primary ballot.

Bolling said he meant what he said and said what he meant — and that anyone who thinks that he lacks “message discipline” is mistaken. Three years ago, Bolling and then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) made a deal: McDonnell would run unopposed for the GOP
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
nomination for governor, and four years later McDonnell would back Bolling for the state’s top job. But the pact did not include Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli’s office is defending Bolling in a lawsuit filed by Sen. Don McEachin (Henrico)on behalf of Senate Democrats over control of the state Senate. But Bolling tells us he has spoken to an attorney in Cuccinelli’s office, not to Cuccinelli.

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