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Getting Back Together After 'A Little Distance'

Beyond the cheering crowds and symbolism of today's unity rally in Richmond with Creigh Deeds and his rivals was a more sensitive and discrete task: Finding a way for Deeds to absorb and benefit from key staffers who have worked for months trying to defeat him.

Talks are in early stages. But an effort is underway to shift key personnel and other resources to Deeds and joint efforts to elect Democrats in November.

"All the sudden you have a lot of really talented, hard-working people...who are now ready to get behind the nominee. It's just kind of a matter of figuring out how it can happened," said Delacey Skinner, communications director for Terry McAuliffe's campaign.

Old colleagues who worked together four years ago on the coordinated campaign to elect Tim Kaine as governor and Creigh Deeds as attorney general are back talking again, Skinner said.

Staffers gathered in Richmond today were "reconnecting with people maybe we've had a little distance from," Skinner said.

McAuliffe had about 40 paid field organizers and about 6,000 people who signed up as volunteers. "We want to make sure we're helping anywhere we can," Skinner said.

Her own plans aren't yet clear, Skinner added. But she's busy "making sure that my staff has what they need to transition to whatever they want to do next."

By Michael Laris  |  June 10, 2009; 3:22 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Terry McAuliffe  
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