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Posted at 3:27 PM ET, 12/23/2010

McDonnell to hire Hammond for policy shop

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is expected to announce that he has hired Julia Hammond, Virginia state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, to join his policy shop, sources close to the governor tell us.

McDonnell's director of policy, Eric Finkbeiner, announced the news to the rest of the policy staff Wednesday. Hammond attended the staff's holiday lunch.

Hammond replaces Matt Bruning, special assistant for legislative affairs, who left last month to become the director of government relations at the Virginia Bankers Association.

Hammond has worked for several Republicans, including Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, Del. David Albo (Fairfax) and state Sen. John Chichester (Northumberland).

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin declined to comment Thursday, but we hear an announcement will be coming out as soon as next week.

By Anita Kumar  | December 23, 2010; 3:27 PM ET
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