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Cox heads to Republican Governors Association too

Anita Kumar

And here we thought Phil Cox had enough to do.

After managing Bob McDonnell's hugely successful campaign, Cox announced that he would become executive director of the new governor's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia. That seemed like a full-time job.

Now we learn that Cox has signed on to be political field director at the Republican Governors Association. In his new job, he will coordinate RGA's efforts in seven of the 37 governor's races this year, including the hotly contested state of Florida, where the current governor has decided to run for U.S. Senate instead of re-election. His other states include Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas and Alabama. Cox's seventh state will be decided later; South Carolina is the only other state in the South with a race this year.

Cox, who has long had his own consulting firm, said he also plans to take on additional clients but has yet to determine who those will be.

In the meantime he's wrapping up his job as transition director for McDonnell, who will be sworn into office Jan. 16.

Of the seven new political hires announced by the RGA this week, three are from Virginia.

We told you last month that Tim Murtaugh, former communications director for the Republican Party of Virginia, left to be the RGA director of political communications.

Kiley Smith, McDonnell's Northern Virginia field director, was tapped to be the political field director.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 7, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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