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Cuccinelli unlikely to hire before New Year's

Rosalind Helderman

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has been making public appearances and announcing hires for his office in recent weeks. The transition period has been quieter for Attorney Gen.-elect Ken Cuccinelli.

The Fairfax senator said today that he's been reviewing staff and thinking about whom to hire for his new office but that he was unlikely to make any staff selections until after Jan. 1.

His process is complicated by the fact that McDonnell, who was himself attorney general until February, will undoubtedly hire away some of the top members of the office. Already, he's picked up former chief deputy Martin Kent as his new chief of staff and assistant attorney general Marla Decker as Public Safety Secretary. Cuccinelli noted McDonnell is conducting a "deliberative" hiring process and, in some respects, Cuccinelli must wait for its results before making final choices.

"I'm at the whims of my friend and ticket mate," he said.

Which is not to say, necessarily, that top officials in the attorney general's office are guaranteed their jobs with Cuccinelli if they don't go into the governor's administration. "Starting out of the shoot, there are no expectations," he said, noting those current staffers will be considered candidates for the positions they now hold.

With the process inching along--Cuccinelli is still living in Fairfax--he said he will be comfortable if the hiring process is incomplete when he takes office Jan. 16. "In fact, that would be my expectation," he said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 16, 2009; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Posted by: KERRYSTINKS | December 17, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if he is delaying because he is going to put uber-rightwingers into the positions he can appoint.

Posted by: notjoeabbey | December 17, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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