Rep. Wittman won’t run for Virginia gover­nor next year

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - — Seth McLaughlin

Rep. Rob Wittman an­nounced Thurs­day he will not run for gover­nor next year and will re­main in the House.

The de­ci­sion clears the way for what is shap­ing up to be a three-per­son GOP pri­mary race be­tween state Sen. Frank Wag­ner; Corey Ste­wart, chair­man of the Prince Wil­liam County Board of Su­per­vi­sors; and Ed Gille­spie, a for­mer se­nior ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

“Like our other three can­di­dates for gover­nor, Rob Wittman would have been an ex­cel­lent chief ex­ec­u­tive for the Com­mon­wealth, and I’m dis­ap­pointed that he won’t be among the choices on the bal­lot when Virginia Repub­li­cans go to the polls in June 2017,” said John Whit­beck, chair­man of the Repub­li­can Party of Virginia.

Mr. Gille­spie called Mr. Wittman a “good friend and a good man” and said the vet­eran law­maker can play a piv­otal role in ad­vanc­ing GOP pri­or­i­ties on Capi­tol Hill.

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