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Jim Wilson Moves Into New Role After Sign Flap

Tim Craig

The Virginia Democratic Party's coordinated campaign announced tonight that Jim Wilson, a former Republican operative who still apparently supports Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential ambitions, will not be added to its payroll.

Wilson, who used to do work for former senator George Allen (R), was supposed to join the coordinated campaign as a consultant because he now supports Democratic Senate candidate Mark R. Warner.

But Mike Henry, Warner's campaign manager, issued a statement saying Wilson will now work for the Warner campaign instead of the state party.

Wilson's role on behalf of Democrats became an issue after he was seen in a possession of McCain-Warner sign over the weekend. Wilson told Warner campaign officials he planned to put the sign in his yard.

"Jim Wilson is a tireless worker and his sole interest is working for Mark Warner's campaign," Henry said. "The coordinated campaign was planning on hiring Jim, however, after consulting with them we have decided that his interests are better suited with the Warner campaign. Jim has received no compensation from the coordinated campaign."

By Tim Craig  |  July 23, 2008; 7:30 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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