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Brian Moran Builds Staff

Tim Craig

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) continues to bolster his campaign staff as he prepares to run for governor next year.

Moran announced today that Jean Jensen, former head of the State Board of Elections, will become a senior adviser to his campaign. Jensen is a former executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party. She also served as the Northern Virginia director for Mark Warner's 2001 bid for governor.

Del. Lionell Spruill (D -Chesapeake), a member of the Democratic National Committee, will be an outreach consultant for Moran. Spruill, an African-American, has deep roots in the Virginia Democratic Party and is widely respected in Hampton Roads. But Spruill hasn't had the best track record in recent years of picking winning candidates to work for.

In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 2006, Spruill endorsed Harris Miller, who lost to Sen. James Webb (D-Va.). This year, Spruill was an early and vocal supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. But Sen. Barack Obama handily defeated Clinton in Virginia.

Moran is also reaching out to liberal bloggers, who played a big role in Webb's victory over Miller. Jerome Armstrong, a principle at, will be a "netroots consultant" for Moran. Armstrong, who also advises Warner, co-wrote a book about blogs with Markos Moulitsas. Moulitsas is the founder of the blog Daily Kos.

Moran also announced that Noble Ackerson, former technology consultant for Warner's former political action committee, will do the same job for Moran's campaign.

Meanwhile, Moran's longtime adviser, Jesse F. Ferguson, will be the director of communications and policy. Since 2006, Ferguson served as Moran's chief of staff, including overseeing his political efforts last year, when Democrats picked up four House seats.

By Tim Craig  |  March 18, 2008; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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