According to recent reports, Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate, has personally requested that Virginia’s Governor, Glenn Youngkin, step in to the presidential race. These meetings, aimed at prompting the GOP’s rising star to consider a White House bid, have already occurred twice this year.
While the exact timing of their meetings remains unclear, some reports indicate the last conversation occurred in the spring. Governor Youngkin, prior to his political ascent, was a prominent figure in the business realm, holding an executive position at the Carlyle Group. He remains tight-lipped about his plans for a higher office, indicating in May that he had no intentions of running this year.
Chairman of Youngkin’s Spirit of Virginia Political Action Committee, Dave Rexrode, while not directly addressing the Murdoch-Youngkin speculations, has stated that Youngkin remains focused on Virginia’s pressing issues, emphasizing the importance of the state’s races.
He recently stated:
‘Virginia’s getting attention because parents still matter and Governor Youngkin’s commonsense conservative leadership is working.
‘There’s more to do, so the governor’s not taking his eye off Virginia. These races are too important.’
Many believe that if Youngkin were to enter the presidential race, it would come after Virginia’s November elections.