McAuliffe building team for Virginia gubernatorial bid
November 15th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
1 year ago

McAuliffe building team for Virginia gubernatorial bid

Washington (CNN) - Terry McAuliffe is quickly building his campaign for Virginia governor.

A week after the former Democratic National Committee chairman and former top adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton announced that he'll make a second run for Virginia governor, he has hired a campaign manager and deputy campaign manager.

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A McAuliffe aide Thursday confirmed to CNN that Robby Mook will run McAuliffe's campaign. Mook is the outgoing executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee who also managed the 2008 campaign for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Levar Stoney, a McAuliffe adviser and former Democratic Party of Virginia executive director, will serve as deputy campaign manager.

When McAuliffe last ran for the gubernatorial office, he came in second to state Sen. Creigh Deeds in a three-candidate battle for the 2009 Democratic nomination. Deeds ended up losing by a landslide in the general election to then-Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who won election as Virginia governor in 2001 and won election to the U.S. Senate in 2008, is contemplating a run for his old job. Warner says he'll announce his plans by Thanksgiving. Virginia governors are not allowed to run for consecutive terms

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are both making bids for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Politico first reported the Mook and Stoney announcements.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2013 • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. McRCN

    McAuliffe was rather obnoxious when he was the head of the DNC under Clinton. I doubt he could be elected dog catcher.

    November 15, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    McDonnell has been using the all too common GOP games of distraction and deception trying to shift state responsibilities (expenses) onto Virginian’s counties and cities to make his budget appear better to the lame stream media.

    November 15, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    In Virginia we need more successful (and honest) moderate Governors like Warner and Kaine who work hard for all Virginians. We don’t need more opportunists like McDonnell scheming for the benefit of only people who mirror their narrow religious and/or social opinions.

    November 15, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. just sayin

    >NVa Native
    >McDonnell has been using the all too common GOP games of distraction and
    >deception trying to shift state responsibilities (expenses) onto Virginian’s counties
    >and cities to make his budget appear better to the lame stream media.

    what makes it all a state responsibility? let the people that want it, pay for it instead of shifting the cost to everybody else in the state. local government is the best government.

    November 15, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Personally, I hope he loses again. He was a total disrespectful mouthpiece in 2008 and I haven't forgotten that.

    November 15, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. ArkUndrTakr

    I think Terry will win this time around. Hes the best candidate for the job!

    November 15, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. California Gary

    McAuliffe is a skilled politician, but it is unknown how he might fare in the governing role. Warner is a known quantity in that regard and has proven his mettle as a governor. If the Dems want to ensure they get back into the statehouse in Virginia, they should encourage a run by Warner.......although that would open up a senate seat that the GOP would compete hard for. Tough call for the Dems......

    November 15, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Thomas

    He wants to run as VP in 2016 , wait and see.

    Clinton / McAuliffe

    November 15, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. GEN. BETRAYUS..WHOOPS....PETREUS

    If it's between McAullife and Cucinelli, I'm with McAuliffe all day.

    Hampton Roads

    November 15, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Bill

    McAullife will be the next governor of Virginia. Next.

    November 15, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |