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Murtaugh heads to RGA

Anita Kumar

Tim Murtaugh is leaving Richmond -- again.

The sharp-tongued communications director for the Republican Party of Virginia will head to the nation's capital to work as a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association.

No, RGA communications director Mike Schrimpf isn't leaving. But with 37 governor's races next year, the RGA is ramping up their staff.

Murtaugh's last day in Richmond is tomorrow. He will start at the RGA on Jan. 4.

RPV Chairman Pat Mullins is searching for a communications director but has yet to hire anyone. We'll keep you posted on that one (but we're not sure how anyone will be able to live up to Murtaugh, considering the way Mullins gushed about him at this month's GOP Advance.)

Those of you who have been around Virginia politics for a while should remember Murtaugh.

He was a radio reporter in Fredericksburg and a TV reporter for a Charlottesville station (though most of that time in Richmond) before heading off to work for a string of notable Republicans -- George Allen, Jim Gilmore (at the RNC), Jerry Kilgore (where he worked with J. Tucker Martin) and Thelma Drake.

When Martin, communications director to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, heard RPV was looking for a spokesman this spring, he called his buddy, who had just lost his Bush appointee job at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. after Obama was sworn in.

Murtaugh said he expects to use what he learned in McDonnell's successful campaign in races across the nation, and maybe even enlist McDonnell's help. "He's written the new playbook,'' he said.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 21, 2009; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , George F. Allen , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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