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Deeds Camp Picks Up Dems Chief

Rosalind Helderman

Guess how soon-to-be Creigh Deeds' political director and soon-to-be-former executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia Levar Stoney got his start in politics?

He was an intern in college for former Terry McAuliffe campaign manager Mike Henry. It's kind of a theme on the Deeds campaign, where lots of top staffers credit Henry, a Virginia campaign veteran, with introducing them to the opportunities of being a full-time political operative.

"I think he taught a lot of us that you can be serious about politics, but you can have fun as well," Stoney said.

The cat's already out of the bag on Stoney's hire by the campaign, due to an internal email from party chairman Dick Cranwell on Monday. He explained that he would soon announce an interim director for the party.

Stoney, 28, grew up in Yorktown and graduated from James Madison University. He worked as a field organizer for John Kerry's presidential effort in Virginia in 2004 and then as deputy finance director for Deeds' attorney general run in 2005, before joining the party in 2006 and assuming its top job last year. He starts with Deeds Monday, where he will be in charge of outreach to elected officials and advocacy groups.

The Deeds campaign has apparently been doing some other hiring--further announcements expected shortly.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 17, 2009; 1:37 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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