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Henry Joins Shannon's Campaign

Anita Kumar

Mike Henry is back.

Henry, who has a long track record of winning races for Democrats in general elections in Virginia and is seen as one of the driving forces behind the party's recent successes in the state, has signed on to manage Steve Shannon's campaign for attorney general.

It's a major coup for Shannon.

Henry, of course, finds himself unexpectedly free after managing Terry McAuliffe's losing gubernatorial campaign. We hear he will start his new job Monday.

Henry managed Gov. Tim Kaine's campaign in 2005 and Mark Warner U.S. Senate campaign last year. He also served as deputy campaign manager for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

"As Senator Warner and Governor Kaine can attest, Mike Henry is an incredible talent and one of the best political minds in Virginia,'' Shannon told us.

Shannon's current campaign manager Roman Levit will continue on as a senior adviser to the campaign.

Henry hasn't started the job but did take a shot at Shannon's opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, by saying he has been a "significant obstacle to progress in Richmond."

Henry faces Chris LaCivita, a veteran Republican operative who worked for George Allen and was behind the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 and the first ads about Barack Obama's connection to Vietnam War-era radical William Ayers last year.

By Anita Kumar  |  July 9, 2009; 10:35 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Hardly a coup. Mr. Henry does not have an impressive record of winning.

Posted by: habaneronegrito1 | July 10, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Hardly a coup?

This man has elected the last Governor and Senator of the Commonwealth. Say what you will about his record in primaries, but he is a rock star in general elections.

Posted by: madbadger | July 12, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

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