Delegate Rob Bell announced this afternoon that he will not seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General in 2017. This announcement comes as a big surprise for the 2017 election cycle as Bell has done a lot of work laying the ground floor for a run for AG. This could be a prelude to another unpredictable year in American politics.
Here is the statement Del. Bell emailed out today;
Now that the 2016 election is over, it is time for the 2017 Virginia statewide campaigns to begin in earnest. After careful consideration, I have decided that I will not seek the position of Attorney General.
I have spent the last year traveling the state and laying the groundwork for a campaign. However, as you may know, I have two young children, one of whom has special needs. This school year has brought significant new challenges that require my personal and immediate attention. Despite my best efforts, it has become clear to me that I can’t possibly fulfill my responsibilities as a father while making a statewide run.
I am therefore ending my Attorney General campaign. I am profoundly grateful to everyone who has offered support, time, or encouragement. Unless told otherwise, I will be returning the donations I have received. Though I won’t be a statewide candidate I do look forward to strongly supporting the Republican ticket, especially against Mark Herring.
For several years, I have had the honor of serving in the General Assembly seat once held by Thomas Jefferson. I look forward to continuing my work in the House of Delegates and spending Thanksgiving with my family.
Delegate Rob Bell
We thank Del. Bell for his principled service in the House of Delegates and for his work defending Virginia’s Constitution while furthering the conservative cause. We would not be surprised if Rob Bell is our pick for Attorney General at a later date down the road. Until then, we will continue to support his work in the House and wish him the best in what should be a smooth run to re-election.