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Virginia: Kilgore resigns, avoids restriction on fund-raising

The Washington Post reports: Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore (R) said Tuesday he will resign on Feb. 1 to run for governor even as his campaign staff continued to engage in what has become an almost daily exchange of attacks with campaigners for Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).

Kilgore, who was in the final year of his term, told his staff in a private meeting Tuesday morning that he will follow tradition in Virginia and resign early to campaign full time. He said he has accepted a job as a lawyer with the Richmond firm of Williams Mullen. ...

Kilgore later told reporters that his decision was dictated by a desire to let the Republican-controlled General Assembly choose an interim attorney general to fill the remainder of his four-year term. State law allows the legislature to pick a replacement for a vacancy that occurs while they are in session. ...

Virginia law does not allow state officials to raise campaign funds during a legislative session. Kilgore will now be able to solicit funds for several weeks while Kaine cannot until the session ends in late February. -- Va. Attorney General Resigns (washingtonpost.com)