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McDonnell's Last Day

Anita Kumar

Robert F. McDonnell (R) officially steps down today as the state's 44th attorney general to campaign full time for governor.

Employees will throw a party for McDonnell this afternoon. Three of them will move with him to the campaign office -- J. Tucker Martin, communications director, as well as his scheduler and deputy scheduler.

In a statement released by McDonnell's office, a slew of prominent state and national leaders praised him for his work over the last three years. The varied group includes Bill Leighty, former chief of staff to Democratic Govs. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., City of Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Herring (who just endorsed Democratic candidate Brian Moran for governor) and Chuck Curran, chief counsel for AOL.

"It has been a distinct pleasure to have served at a time that Bob McDonnell was Attorney General,'' Leighty said. "As a career state employee, I have worked with a number of Attorneys General. General McDonnell distinguished himself in his treatment of the professionals at the Attorney General's Office and with his attention to the improvement of management efficiencies in the operation of the office."

In recent years, attorneys general of both parties have resigned during the annual legislative session to run for governor.

Chief deputy attorney general William C. Mims, a former Republican legislator from Loudoun County, will replace McDonnell.

Three Democrats, Moran of Alexandria, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath and Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, are competing for the Democratic primary for the June 9 primary.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 20, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Another day, another candidate for governor resigning from his duties to Virginians.

Who hasn't quit? Creigh Deeds

Posted by: rgshaw | February 20, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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