Here’s a news flash, right up there with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping: Linwood Holton, Virginia’s first Republican governor, is endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe for the job Holton had in the early 1970s, when McAuliffe was a teenager hustling for a buck, resurfacing driveways in Syracuse, N.Y.
A moderate in a party now anything but, Holton hasn’t backed a GOP statewide candidate in years. In supporting McAuliffe, Holton didn’t attack Ken Cuccinelli; didn’t even mention the Republican gubernatorial nominee by name. Rather, Holton depicted McAuliffe as an example of what Cuccinelli supposedly isn’t: non-ideological, interested in mainstream solutions, willing to reach out to the other party.
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