Ed Gillespie

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Announces Virginia Governor Run

Gillespie is a longtime political operative. Above, he speaks to the crowd during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event event in Boston. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie confirmed to The Washington Post Friday that he intends to run for governor in Virginia.  

There was wide speculation earlier this week that Gillespie, who narrowly lost a challenge to Sen. Mark Warner last fall, would mount a bid after his friend, state Sen. Mark Obenshain, passed on the race Monday.  

Virginia Republicans Expect Ed Gillespie to Run for Governor

Virginia Republicans expect Gillespie to launch another bid for statewide office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Virginia Republicans are chattering that former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, who narrowly lost a 2014 Senate bid to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, is ready to run for political office again. Gillespie has been widely considered a potential gubernatorial candidate since his November loss. But r eports of Gillespie's intentions to launch a bid surfaced after GOP state Sen. Mark Obenshain, a friend of Gillespie's,  announced Monday that he would not seek the executive mansion. Aides to Gillespie told CNN  Monday afternoon that a formal announcement of his campaign will come "at the appropriate time."  

"I think they had an agreement," former Rep. Tom Davis told CQ Roll Call on Monday. "But I don't know if that's the last word," Davis added, suggesting other Republicans are likely to get into the race.  

McCain: Senate Shouldn't Leave Without Authorizing Use of Force Against ISIS (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:03 p.m. | NORFOLK, Va. — Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that Congress shouldn't leave Washington for the mid-term election break until authorizing the use of force against ISIS.  

Speaking with reporters after a campaign event for GOP Senate candidate Ed Gillespie at a VFW hall, the Arizonan dismissed the idea that the Senate is only scheduled to be in session for two weeks in September, where advancing a continuing resolution to keep the government running will highlight the agenda.