He said at that event that he would make a final call by the Feb. 1 filing deadline to be considered for the Republican nomination.
Democrats are already pouncing at the chance to knock Gillespie down a peg. Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement on a possible Gillespie candidacy:
“Virginians don’t want to elect a DC shadow lobbyist like Ed Gillespie who epitomizes the reckless and irresponsible Republican economic agenda. Gillespie won’t work to strengthen Virginia’s economy, cut the nation’s debt or work to find common ground in Washington the way Mark Warner has done, and Virginians know that.
“Democrats have had great electoral success in Virginia in the last several years and are confident that they will reelect Senator Warner so he can continue representing Virginia families and doing what’s right for Virginia’s economy.”