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McAuliffe Swamps Rivals in Staff, Offices

Anita Kumar

Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe turned heads when he announced that he has already hired 98 staffers -- a record amount this early in a statewide campaign in Virginia. That's more than three times as much as his rivals.

Here's a rundown of staff and offices for all four gubernatorial candidates:

Terry McAuliffe (D): 98 staffers, 8 offices
Offices are in McLean, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Loudoun, Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville. Two more offices in Hampton and Fredericksburg will open this week.

R. Creigh Deeds (D): 29 staffers, 4 offices
Offices are in Charlottesville, Richmond, Portsmouth and Alexandria. Two more offices will be open in the coming days.

Brian Moran (D): 25 staffers, 3 offices
Offices are in Alexandria, Arlington and Richmond.

Robert F. McDonnell (R): 30 staffers, 1 office
Office is in Richmond.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 25, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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If you want to beat a tough opponent, think BIG!

I'll foreshadow the intra-party Democratic criticism that will most likely append itself to this post: "McAuliffe is buying his way into the Governor's Mansion." If you discredit money, you discredit the idea that it makes a difference, a fallacy because we should all now know that ground support is incredibly important for victory. McDonnell is raising a lot of moeny [$250,000 being his most recent receipt of donation from Obama's contender who was also promoting "change"...some "change" supporting a candidate who has not budged an inch away from a fundamentalist, GOP ideology]; why shouldn't it be buffered equally [if not more]?

So before you gripe about the idea of buying power, beware of what you might be arguing.

Posted by: robsmithiii | March 25, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Having a lot of money, a lot of offices, and a lot of staffers is important, but what's more important is what you do with them. Hillary Clinton went in with all those advantages and more, but McAuliffe ran the campaign poorly and failed to use those resources effectively.

Posted by: Simon23p | March 25, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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