McDonnell to announce Bolling, Sledd to head economic team
Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell will announce tomorrow morning that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will take on a newly created, high-ranking role as Chief Jobs Creation Officer, Republican sources tell us.
The move is not surprising considering McDonnell and Bolling, both Republicans, ran as a team during the campaign, and McDonnell vowed to make Bolling his administration's jobs leader if they won, though he never exlained what form that would take. Now we hear that Bolling's job will come with a new title, duties and office.
McDonnell also will announce that respected businessman Robert Sledd will serve as Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Republican sources say. Sledd, of Richmond, was formerly a top-ranking executive with Peformance Food Group, a food distribution company. (He has donated more than $100,000 to Virginia politicians in the last dozen years, including McDonnell, Bolling, other Republicans and a handful of Democrats, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks money in politics.)
McDonnell, who has scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference on Capitol Square tomorrow, will also announce that longtime aide Janet Polarek, who served as his campaign manager in 2005, will become Secretary of the Commonwealth -- a decision that has been widely expected for weeks.
Polarek was chief operations officer in McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign and is serving as deputy director of personnel and administration during the transition. The main function of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office is to help the governor appoint more than 4,000 Virginians to serve on boards and commissions.
December 9, 2009; 11:03 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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