(Former Governor Jerry Baliles and Former Congressman L.F. Payne)
According to extremely reliable sources that I spoke with today, former Lt. Governor Don Beyer will not be challenging incumbent Republican Senator George Allen in 2006. According to the source, Beyer is content in the car business, with three Northern Virginia dealerships and one to be opened soon in Winchester. Beyer is, however, reportedly considering a political comeback. He has talked to aides about running for the Senate in 2008, when Senator John Warner may retire, or run for another statwide office in 2009. (FYI: Beyer is not a lawyer, so he is likely considering running again for Lt. Governor.)
So, with Beyer out, who is in? A different source confirmed to me that former Congressman and 1997 Lt. Governor nominee L.F. Payne, is considering mounting a challenge to Allen. Payne is still popular in his former Congressional district, and is a jovial and personable campaigner, who could potentially give Allen a hot contest.
The same source also mentioned former Governor Gerald Baliles as a potential challenger to Allen. But, at 66 in 2006, Baliles may pass on the race unless he see's he can have prolific fundraising success.
More to come on this story...
IN THE WORKS
Deeds v. McDonnell, TN Senate, Catherine Baker Knoll should resign.