Once and maybe future candidate McAuliffe hires former DPVA chief
To all the many signs that former gubernatorial candidate and Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe is planning to run for governor again in 2013--or, at least, wants to do everything necessary to position himself for a strong run if he chooses to give it another try, add this tidbit:
McAuliffe has hired former Democratic Party of Virginia executive director Levar Stoney. Stoney's job isn't technically a political one for McAuliffe. Instead, he'll be act more like a special assistant to McAuliffe, as he travels Virginia and the world exploring business ventures.
But McAuliffe said Stoney's close connections around the state, honed from a political career that included a stint as Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Sen. Creigh Deeds' political director, was part of what recommended him. "He knows everybody," McAuliffe said.
"I'm excited to join Terry in his many endeavors to bring quality jobs to Virginia," Stoney said of the new job. "This is truly an experience I'm looking forward to."
Stoney will accompany McAuliffe on the frenatic pace that characterizes the maybe-candidate. In the last few weeks, for instance, McAuliffe was in Cuba, pushing Virginia agriculture. (He hopes to go back from the a Virginia wine festival.) He was also in Dubai and last week crashed former Sen. George Allen's comeback tour at Virginia's political grandaddy-tradition, the Shad Planking.
He spoke at the Henrico County Jefferson-Jackson Democrats dinner Sunday. He's in Richmond for business meetings today. In coming days, he'll also be addressing JJ dinners in Wise County, Va. and Arkansas, as well as other Democratic groups in Providence, Va. and Dulles.
Meanwhile, his bid to buy the closing International Paper plant in Franklin has survived a first round of consideration from the company and he said he hopes to get final word on whether he's won the plant soon. "The good news is that the plant will continue as a continuing concern," he said. "It won't be shuttered."
And he said he leaves soon for China, for business meetings related to an electric car plant he is trying to open in Virginia, a project he said remains very much alive.
"I'm really trying to focus on the job creation," he said. "That's what I said I was going to do, and I'm traveling the world for it. I love speaking but that's my focus."
April 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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