Marchi leaves Americans for Prosperity, expected to advise Allen
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is losing a frequent supporter -- and a sometimes critic.
Ben Marchi, state director of the Americans for Prosperity, a group that supports low taxes and transparency in government, will announce Thursday that he is leaving the organization after three years.
Marchi and his wife, Jennifer, a Virginia former state employee, are purchasing a health care business. He is also widely expected to become a top adviser to former Sen. George Allen in his yet to be announced bid for Senate in 2012.
"This isn't just a job I'm leaving; it's a passion and a way of life." Marchi said. "Working with our board members, our national President Tim Phillips, and our wonderful members these last three years has been the most rewarding and memorable experience of my professional life."
Americans for Prosperity worked to defeat a tax increase proposed by then Gov. Tim Kaine in 2008, require subcommittee votes to be recorded in the House of Delegates in 2009 and organized a bus tour to combat the federal healthcare plan in 2009.
Marchi and his organization has been a strong supporter of McDonnell and his amdinistration (several of the governor's advisers came from the national organization) but clashed on the governor's liquor plan and, more recently, his proposal to borrow $2.9 billion for transportation.
| January 13, 2011; 1:27 PM ET
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