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Romney, McDonnell to make joint appearance in Fairfax

Sunday - 10/23/2011, 12:38pm  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

FAIRFAX, Va. - Some volunteers at Fairfax County Republican Party headquarters working on next month's statewide elections will be getting a special thank you on Wednesday. But it will be anything but routine.

Gov. Bob McDonnell will be stopping by with former Mass. Gov. and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

"It helps [Romney] to attach himself to a very popular Governor such as Bob McDonnell, who might be considered for a vice presidential nomination next year," says George Mason University Public Policy Professor Mark Rozell.

Rozell says it's also good for McDonnell.

"Bob McDonnell has been more clear than most of the usually cited names about his availability to be a vice presidential nominee" says Rozell.

"It's no surprise to me that he's attaching himself to Mitt Romney on this trip to Virginia right now," he adds.

The appearance also comes a week after a swing through the state by President Obama. Rozell says both trips emphasize how important Virginia may be in next year's election.

A spokesman for the Governor says McDonnell will not make any endorsement in the Presidential race until after the statewide elections in Virginia next month.

But the spokesman says, "the Governor knows Romney very well and greatly respects his success in the private and public sectors and the positive campaign he is running."

Virginia will be choosing all 140 members of the General Assembly next month and voting in dozens of municipal and school board races.

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