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Felan, Hall, Leopold: Deeds Campaign Goes A'Hiring

Rosalind Helderman

Lots of new hires over in Deeds land, as the campaign bulks up for the general election. And the names are a familiar sprinkling of known Democratic operatives from past Virginia campaigns.

Take Matt Felan, who served as the executive director of Gov. Tim Kaine's political action committee Moving Virginia Forward, as well as deputy national finance director for Hillary Clinton. Deeds has brought on Felan to serve as his finance director. Other new hires include Mark Giangreco as policy director--Giangreco last worked for Terry McAuliffe's campaign. Also on board, Mike Gehrke as director of communications--Gehrke's worked for two presidential campaigns.

Sen. Mark Warner is meanwhile loaning his communications director Kevin Hall to the effort, where Hall will serve briefly as senior advisor, helping get Deeds' communications team set up. Hall also served press secretary to Gov. Tim Kaine.

Plus, talk about a coordinated campaign. First Stoney took a leave from the Democratic Party of Virginia executive to join the governor's campaign. Now we understand DPV spokesman Jared Leopold is going over to the Deeds camp also, where he will serve as the campaign's press secretary through November.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 17, 2009; 8:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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