Around the South for July 9: VA, FL & SC

Virginia: Gilmore running for president. Jim Gilmore (R), governor of Virginia from 1998 through 2002, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch Tuesday that is running for the GOP presidential nomination. Gilmore, who headed a panel that advised Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on domestic terrorism, said “I don’t think we’re addressing the threat to the country.” ……. Florida: Grayson running for Senate. US Rep. Alan Grayson (D) is announcing today that he will run for the US Senate seat being vacated by presidential candidate Marco Rubio, reports Sunshine State News. “Do you want to see a senator who will stand tall in the Senate with Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, in favor of progressivism and progress?” Grayson asked in e-mails to supporters this week, Noting that he won’t have the backing of “corporate special interests,” Grayson added, “I am unbought and unbossed.” ……. South Carolina: Cruz stays out of Confederate flag debate. Campaigning last weekend in the PalmettoState, presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) dodged questions about whether the Confederate battle flag should be removed from the state Capitol grounds, saying the issue should be decided by the state. He also avoided appearing with his two South Carolina chairmen, state Sen. Lee Bright (R) and state Rep. Bill Chumley (R), both of whom oppose the flag’s removal, reports Realclearpolitics.com …….