DAYBREAK DAILY: McAuliffe a Virginia anomaly in governor race

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TERRY MCAULIFFE: Of obstacles, per the Virginian-Pilot, “In his second run for Virginia's highest office, McAuliffe finds himself in the unusual position of aspiring to a post without having come up through the legislature or another wing of state government. That makes him something of an anomaly. Going back 30 years, every governor save one - Mark Warner, now a U.S. senator - either served in the General Assembly or in the statewide elected offices of attorney general or lieutenant governor.”

MEANWHILE: Bolling bows out, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Citing fundraising difficulties, long-standing ties to the Republican Party and a "growing dissatisfaction with the current political environment in Virginia," Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said Tuesday that he will not run for governor in 2013 as an independent candidate.”

A HELPING HAND: But no one’s grasping it, per the Washington Post, “For Mark R. Warner, years of frustration with a dysfunctional U.S. Senate and a broken budget have built to this: The sequester stands to rob Virginia of billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs, and there’s not much he can do about it. Used to being in charge, the former governor and hyperactive venture capitalist now sits restlessly on the sidelines of another fiscal crisis, referring to himself as “the guy who, unfortunately, hasn’t been in the room on any of these final negotiations.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Eric Cantor has spent the last four years carefully cultivating his image as a foil to President Barack Obama and the conservative conscience of House Speaker John Boehner. No more. The man who once threatened to block emergency aid for tornado victims unless Congress found an “offset” is now pitching himself as a man just looking to get important issues like job training and education reform through a partisan Congress.”

BREAKING: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A barricade and hostage situation in Jessup, Maryland has ended. Police were able to gain access to the family, but the suspect is believed to be armed and on the loose. At 2:30 Wednesday morning, police received a call about a home invasion robbery. Five people—three adults and two children—were inside the home at the time.”

FINANCIAL CLOUT: Money talks, per City Paper, “The second round of campaign finance reports for the April 23 special D.C. Council election are out, and Ward 3 education advocate Matthew Frumin continues to have a sizable fundraising edge over the six other candidates vying for an at-large seat. Frumin raised $35,000 this cycle, and put $10,000 of his own money into the effort, as well. That brings his campaign's total receipts to $130,000 and leaves Frumin with $98,000 cash on hand.”

NO POPE YET: Smoke alert continues, per the New York Times, “It billowed, and it was black. There was no mistaking the outcome this time. The cardinals voting for a pope on Tuesday came up with no winner on their first round of balloting, signaled by the black smoke that poured out of a jury-rigged copper chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 4-0 against Carolina; Cleveland beats Wizards 95-90.

NEWSTALK: Among the guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, who will be asked about the country's debt situation and options for solving it.

--Skip Wood

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