McAuliffe builds team for gubernatorial bid
Updated On: Nov 18 2012 01:32:58 AM CST
Terry McAuliffe is quickly building his campaign for Virginia governor.
A week after the former Democratic National Committee chairman and former top adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton announced that he'll make a second run for Virginia governor, he has hired a campaign manager and deputy campaign manager.
A McAuliffe aide Thursday confirmed to CNN that Robby Mook will run McAuliffe's campaign. Mook is a former strategist for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee who also managed the 2008 campaign for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Levar Stoney, a McAuliffe adviser and former Democratic Party of Virginia executive director, will serve as deputy campaign manager.
When McAuliffe last ran for the gubernatorial office, he came in second to state Sen. Creigh Deeds in a three-candidate battle for the 2009 Democratic nomination. Deeds ended up losing by a landslide in the general election to then-Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell.
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who won election as Virginia governor in 2001 and won election to the U.S. Senate in 2008, is contemplating a run for his old job. Warner says he'll announce his plans by Thanksgiving. Virginia governors are not allowed to run for consecutive terms
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are both making bids for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Politico first reported the Mook and Stoney announcements.
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