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McDonnell appoints Canada to ABC Board

Anita Kumar

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Sandy Canada to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, sources tell us.

Canada has served as a fundraiser for McDonnell and other Republicans and was an ABC commissioner for former Governor Jim Gilmore from 1998-2002. We hear she started her new job Monday.

McDonnell removed former Democratic Del. Frank Hall from the ABC Board in January without any announcement.

The three ABC commission jobs are widely considered some of the most plum posts in all of state government.

The two remaining commissioners -- Susan Swecker, former campaign manager to state Sen. Creigh Deeds, and Bill Pantele, a former Richmond City Council member -- are still at ABC for now.

Both are Democrats appointed by former governor Tim Kaine and could be removed at any time as McDonnell gets the board ready to make good on a campaign promise to privatize liquor stores.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 2, 2010; 11:07 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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A plum post, eh? Now we know why privatizing the ABC Board was nixed by Jim.

Posted by: dpcret93 | March 2, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"The three ABC commission jobs are widely considered some of the most plum posts in all of state government."

does 'plum' mean they waste taxpayer money without doing anything? sounds like the majority of govt these days could be considered plum.


Posted by: millionea7 | March 3, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"McDonnell appoints Canada to ABC Board"

The whole country?

Posted by: JTR555 | March 3, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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