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McAuliffe Hires Local Fox Reporter

Tim Craig

Allyson Wilson, who had been a free-lance reporter for Fox 5 in Washington, has left her job and is now a traveling press secretary for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

Wilson, 31, had been a regular face on Washington's Fox affiliate for nearly three years. She has also worked as a reporter and anchor in Memphis, Huntsville, Ala, and Savannah, Ga.

But Wilson said today she wanted to "learn a new skill set" because of the economic turmoil in the media industry. Wilson said she was drawn to McAuliffe's energy and enthusiasm.

"I was looking in the paper one day and was reading about him and I was excited about his momentum," Wilson said. "So I sent him my resume without there even being a job posting."

Wilson will work with Lis Smith, McAuliffe's press secretary.

McAuliffe now has 98 paid staffers, which is likely a record for a gubernatorial candidate in Virginia at this stage of a campaign.

By Tim Craig  |  March 24, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Too bad this young woman has been sucked in by this man. I wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Waterfront - really? Why is that? Or is this just another attempt at baseless bashing behind a blog comment?

Posted by: UVANick | March 24, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree - you have a candidate working hard, putting forth policy proposals and with a clear shot to win in the fall and all the opposition can do is make baseless silly comments.

Posted by: bk1969 | March 24, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Well if you want to keep your waterfront property, you don't have to touch him, but I'd recommend touching the lever to vote for him. He has more knowledge about the economy than any other candidate, and probably any other current acting Governor.

Posted by: mganley3 | March 24, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, UVA Gonzales,

If you want to be taken seriously, McAuliffe isn't your ticket. You should work on getting more than 20 people to vote for you in your next firehouse primary. Then folks might care about your opinion.

Personally, I find it very troubling that a Fox reporter joins McAuliffe's campaign the same day the Republican Gubernatorial Committee Chair Haley Barbour throws him a fundraiser.

He's not a Democrat, he's an opportunist.

Posted by: fauxrunner | March 24, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

For any Democratic nominee to win, Democrat voters are not sufficient. We need to get some of the undecided voters to vote in favor of McAuliffe. It is also desirable that some of the Republicans vote for McAuliffe - because they are being objective and decide he is best suited to pull Virginia out of the quagmire we are sinking into.

Virginia is one of the states that give Governors no second chance, so much as we would like to, Warner and Kaine leave us great legacies, but are not in a position to pull us out of trouble. They need McAuliffe to continue their excellent work and take Virginia to the forefront, so we are number one in the country.

McAuliffe hiring a Fox reporter makes great sense - like a true businessman, he keeps his emotions and business sense separate. A good Fox reporter knows how to work for Republican support, and that is so important today, not just to win the elections, but also to deliver successful programs.

With such innovation, McAuliffe is surely Virginia's best choice.

Posted by: alankrishnan | March 24, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse


Chill out on the negative attacks, please. You aren't winning any votes, particularly with your terse logic. Say something constructive about anything, really, because nobody likes a glass-half-empty Democrat; it's antithetical.

Posted by: robsmithiii | March 25, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse


While I am flattered you might think I am Mr. Gonzalez, I am not. I did support him though.

I would rather stick with the issue at hand, as opposed to your attacks, which is McAuliffe building up his team of qualified staffers and volunteers.

Posted by: UVANick | March 25, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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