Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lt. Gov. Bolling hires campaign staff for gubernatorial nomination

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is getting started early in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2013. When he stepped aside for than AG Bob McDonnell in 2009 to present a united Republican ticket it was understood that he would be next in line for governor. McDonnell promised to support Bolling for governor in 2013. Gov. McDonnell has kept his promise.

National attention from his lawsuits against the health care mandate and the EPA has bolstered AG Ken Cuccinelli’s name recognition. Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of testimony on the case which other states have joined. Cuccinelli Tuesday while in Roanoke said he would concentrate on serving the Commonwealth in 2012 and ramp up his campaign in 2013. However he would fundraise and bragged that his contributors are small donors.

A survey was conducted on name recognition between the two Republicans and though Bolling has been around as “chief jobs creator” longer than Cuccinelli many did not recognize his name or either knew very little about him. In contrast Cuccinelli’s name seemed well known not necessarily in a good way say some. Never a dull moment in Virginia politics.

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RICHMOND – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today announced the addition of three members to his gubernatorial campaign. These new additions to the Bolling for Governor campaign will join the Political and Finance departments.

“I’ve been very pleased by the strong pledges of support that my campaign for Governor has received over the past several months from Virginia’s business and political leaders, as well as grass roots Republicans from all across our Commonwealth”, Bolling said. “These people understand that I am a mainstream, conservative leader who has a record of working with Republicans and Democrats to get things done in Richmond, and that’s the kind of leadership we need to build a better Virginia. I am pleased that my campaign team continues to grow, and by adding these experienced and accomplished leaders to our team we will do even more to effectively communicate our message to all corners of the Commonwealth.”

Background on new Bolling hires: 

M. Boyd Marcus, Jr., General Consultant. Boyd Marcus is a Partner in Marcus & Allen, a full service political and public affairs consulting firm. Current clients include House Majority Leader Congressman Eric Cantor and the George Allen for U.S. Senate Campaign. From 1998-2001, Boyd Marcus served as Chief of Staff to Governor James S. Gilmore III. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff to Governor Gilmore, Marcus was the chief consultant of the Governor’s successful campaign. He served as the lead consultant in George Allen’s successful races in 1991 for Congress and 1993 for Governor. Additional highlights of Boyd’s political career include serving as Campaign Manager for Coleman For Governor 1989; Virginia State Coordinator for Bush For President 1988; Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom Bliley, 1981-1988; Campaign Manager of the Bliley For Congress Committee in 1980, 1982, and 1986.

Christie Heath, Finance Director. Christie Heath formerly served as the Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth for Governor Bob McDonnell. Previously, she served as McDonnell for Governor’s Regional Fundraiser covering Richmond, Roanoke, Southwest Virginia and Southern Virginia. In addition to working for various locally elected officials and U.S. Congressmen Eric Cantor and Rob Wittman, Heath also served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Jerry Kilgore’s 2001 Attorney General race and Finance Director for his 2005 campaign for Governor raising more money than any candidate for governor in Virginia history.

Trixie Averill, Western Virginia Political Director. Trixie Averill formerly served as the Virginia State Director for Americans for Prosperity. Previously, she was Western Political Director for McDonnell for Attorney General and McDonnell for Governor as well as field positions for every Republican gubernatorial nominee since 1993. Additionally, Averill has been a leader on the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee, serving as 6th District GOP Chair, Western District Vice-Chair and 6th District SCC representative.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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