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NoVa lawyer, former campaign operative named McDonnell deputy counselors

Rosalind Helderman

Two well-known Republican activists were named deputy counselors to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) Friday. The announcements came in a batch of appointments to boards and commissions announced by McDonnell.

The first, prominent Loudoun land use attorney J. Randall Minchew, has been the managing partner of Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich, and Walsh firm in Loudoun County since 1998.

He's a very familiar name in that county because of his work in politics and business. He's been the president of the Loudoun Bar Association, chairman of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission, and member of the board of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce.

He's also the former chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee and ran to succeed former state Sen. Bill Mims (R) in 2006. The position was vacated when Mims became McDonnell's deputy attorney general. Minchew failed to win the Republican nomination for the Senate, and ultimately the seat was won by Democrat Mark Herring.

McDonnell also named Jeffrey S. Palmore a deputy counselor. Palmore has a long history in Virginia politics, working on McDonnell's 2009 campaign for governor, as well as former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore's failed bid for governor in 2005. He was then-U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake's campaign manager in 2004.

Interestingly, Palmore has most recently served as a law clerk to federal district Judge Henry Hudson. He's the judge currently hearing Virginia's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law.

McDonnell also made a variety of appointments to commissions and college boards of visitors, including reappointing Democratic Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim to the Virginia Military Institute board.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  August 13, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Randy Minchew is a great pick. A very solid,intelligent individual who will well serve the Commonwealth

Posted by: LloydtheIdiot | August 13, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

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