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Bolling hires more staff, moves into governor's offices

Anita Kumar

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has hired two additional staffers to help him with his role as chief jobs creation officer -- a new Cabinet level position.

In the last few days, Bolling has moved into a new office in the Patrick Henry Building, which houses the governor's executive offices, where he will work on the fourth floor alongside Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng and Senior Economic Adviser Bob Sledd.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is picking up the tab ($120,000 plus benefits) for Bolling's Chief of Staff Randy Marcus and a new secretary, who both started working out of the job creation office last week.

Bolling will be responsible for helping lure businesses to the state, coordinating with all state agencies that deal with economic development and shepherding economic-related bills through the General Assembly. He will lead a new Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Task Force and an internal working group of cabinet secretaries and agency heads.

Bolling will still work sometimes out of his lieutenant governor's office in the nearby Oliver Hill building on Capitol Square. There, Bolling has a separate staff -- secretary, scheduler, deputy chief of staff and a newly hired communications director, who worked on his re-election campaign.

The lieutenant governor makes $36,321 a year in what is considered a part-time position. He presides over the Senate and travels around the state but still tries to work two to three mornings a week in his insurance office when the General Assembly is not in session.

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.

McDonnell elevated two postions to his Cabinet -- chief jobs creation officer and senior advisor for policy Eric Finkbeiner.

When we asked him back in December how this fits into his fiscally conservative philosophy, he told us to wait until he was done forming the Cabinet and we would see he was saving money.

He and his Cabinet are taking a 5 percent paycut so he's saving some money there. We've asked for a rundown of how much the new Cabinet is costing. We'll get back to you when we get a comparison.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 22, 2010; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I applaud the desire to keep a close watch for hypocrisy on fiscal responsibility amongst Republicans, but maybe it is time someone asked Mark Warner to resolve his supposed concern over runaway entitlement spending with his support for vastly expanding them through nationalized health care?

Seems like if you want to keep track of Republican campaign promises, you might be to at least demand intellectual consistency in a position on a given bill.

Otherwise, I think it leaves the reader to assume the unstated fact that neither the Senator nor the Reporter believes he is serious about entitlement spending, rather it is just a political ploy to seem moderate.

Posted by: clayr | February 22, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

What are the names of the two new staffers?

Posted by: InsideVirginia | February 22, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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