Former Virginia Governor and longtime political spoiler Doug Wilder grabbed a few small headlines at the end of his career -- headlines that will be sadly familiar to longtime observers of Virginia's political scene. Over at SLANTBlog, Terry Rea calls it what it is.
In his statement, the former governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond gave some clues as to why Creigh Deeds couldn't win his endorsement. In doing so Wilder mentioned Deeds three times by name. Bob McDonnell got one such mention. That while Wilder wrote "I" 13 times.
So, for the most part, Wilder used the space to remind his readers of what he sees as pertinent highlights of his own record. He made no mention of the many feuds he has (had) with various Democrats along the way.However, those readers who have followed Wilder's long career, with payback as its guiding light, understand all too well what his "statement" is all about.
Wilder's refusal to endorse a candidate in this year's gubernatorial race should come as no surprise to anyone, and shouldn't give either party much to celebrate.
It's nothing more than a sad chapter titled "Ego" that somehow continues to insert itself in an otherwise powerful biography.