Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
About this Blog   |   On Twitter   |   Follow us on Facebook   |   RSS Feeds RSS Feed

Senate Republicans hire Cox to help with next year's elections

Anita Kumar

Republicans looking to take back control of the state Senate have agreed to hire Gov. Bob McDonnell's top political adviser to help them with next year's crucial elections.

Phil Cox, McDonnell's campaign manager during his gubernatorial race, who now serves as head of his political action committee and a senior adviser to the governor, will sign on to be a general consultant to the Senate Republican caucus after the November election.

The details have yet to be worked out, but the goal is clear: Help the GOP pick up at least three seats, giving them 21 seats and the majority, which they lost to Democrats in 2007 halfway through Gov. Tim Kaine's term.

The caucus hired a different consultant four years ago, but now that a Republican occupies the governor's mansion it should make things easier for the party. McDonnell has also been stockpiling cash raised at his own fundraisers as he looks to next year's legislative races.

Jeff Ryer, a spokesman for the Senate Republicans and another new addition to the caucus payroll, says senators made the decision to keep mum on McDonnell's ABC privatization plan long before they decided to hire Cox.

By Anita Kumar  | October 20, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2010, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: McDonnell meets with economic advisers
Next: Virginia to raise some speed limits

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company