Ted to the res­cue

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Repub­li­can po­lit­i­cal wran­glers are push­ing for­mer So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Theodore B. Olson to run for the Se­nate seat in Vir­ginia be­ing va­cated by Sen. John W. Warner, ac­cord­ing to Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor’s Prowler.

An­other Warner — for­mer Vir­ginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Demo­crat — is seek­ing the seat. Mr. Olson, who is in private prac­tice and is serv­ing as a key ad­viser to for­mer New York Mayor Ru­dolph W. Gi­u­liani in his quest for the White House, had no knowl­edge that his name was be­ing bandied about, or that Repub­li­cans were look­ing to him as a po­ten­tial can­di­date.

“Olson is one of those guys who you’d love to see just tee off on Warner dur­ing a de­bate and on the stump,” a con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can oper­a­tive in Vir­ginia said. “We need guys like him in the race.”

Some Repub­li­cans think he could be­come an ace fundraiser, par­tic­u­larly in North­ern Vir­ginia, which has in­creas­ingly be­come a strong­hold for Democrats.

“His po­lit­i­cal back­ground and high profile in con­ser­va­tive cir­cles would ac­tu­ally make him a na­tional can­di­date from a fundrais­ing per­spec­tive,” a New York-based fundraiser said. “He could ac­tu­ally go toe to toe with Warner on the donor front if he were in­ter­ested in get­ting into this thing.”

Stats on the race it­self? A Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey of 500 likely vot­ers re­leased Oct. 30 finds Mr. Warner lead­ing the Repub­li­can hope­ful, for­mer Vir­ginia Gov. James S. Gil­more III, 53 per­cent to 37 per­cent.

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