Some questions have arisen about the candidacy of former Republican governor Jim Gilmore.
"Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Gilmore ally and possible 2009 gubernatorial candidate, said some will try to portray Gilmore as needlessly confrontational, when he was merely standing by his convictions," the Times Dispatch reports.
"Unless you are in the minority of minorities, how many people are going to ask Gilmore to campaign for them?" Republican Virginia State Senator and 2005 independent candidate for governor Russ Potts said.
It has also been speculated that Gilmore's run for national office is a starting point for him to return to state politics but Gilmore says it is not.