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Bowerbank Hires Spruill; Spruill Endorses Bowerbank

Tim Craig

Delegate Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), who has developed a reputation for being able to marshal support from African-Americans in Hampton Roads, announced today he is endorsing Jon Bowerbank in the race for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

Spruill said in a statement that Bowerbank's experience "uniquely qualify him to tackle the challenges" facing Virginia. Bowerbank, a wealthy businessman from Russell County, is facing off against former budget secretary Jody W. Wagner for the Democratic nomination.

Spruill decision could help Bowerbank neutralize some of Wagner's support within the African-American community, which will likely play a major role in the outcome of the election. Del. Brian J. Moran, a Democratic candidate for governor, thinks so highly of Spruill's political skills he is paying him $7,500 a month to be an "outreach coordinator" for his campaign. In an interview earlier this year, Spruill defended his salary, noting he has "contacts" all over the state.

When asked by the Washington Post, Bowerbank campaign manager John Paul Lupo admitted that it is also paying Spruill. Lupo said Spruill is being paid for "get out the vote" and "grassroots and strategic advice." But Lupo said he's not sure of Spruill's salary.

By Tim Craig  |  December 8, 2008; 9:01 PM ET
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