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Bill Bolling crosses the (state) line

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) set foot outside Virginia last weekend, and that qualifies as the first scandal of the 2013 governor’s race.

Call it out-of-stategate.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), left, and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) walk to the steps of the Capitol in January. (Tracy A. Woodward/THE WASHINGTON POST)

On Friday, Bolling’s office mocked Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), who also is seeking the GOP nomination, for headlining a Lincoln Day dinner in Des Moines.

“We congratulate Mr. Cuccinelli for his opportunity to speak in Iowa Saturday,” Bolling spokeswoman Ibbie Hedrick said in a statement. “In fact, we would be pleased to help his office with scheduling as many out of state speaking engagements for him as possible over the next year.

“While Mr. Cuccinelli is in Iowa, Lieutenant Governor Bolling will be delivering the commencement address at Radford University and hosting a fundraiser for [former governor and Republican Senate hopeful] George Allen in Bowling Green, both of which are located within the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Yet Hedrick neglected to mention what was on Bolling’s schedule for Sunday: Delivering the commencement address at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia.

The university is Bolling’s alma mater. And West Virginia is just one state away — one that still has “Virginia” in it.

But still!

Bolling appears to have violated one of the most sacred rules of politics: People who live in glass houses should not cross state lines. Or at least should not get caught crossing state lines by advertising their plans to do so on their public schedules. Or something like that.

What did Bolling have to say for himself?

His office did not respond to a request for comment.

Having taken heat from Bolling for hitting the road, Cuccinelli took the high road and declined to comment through political director Noah Wall.

“It’s beneath comment,” he said.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.



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