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Republican Leader Boyd Marcus Endorses Terry McAuliffe

August 20, 2013

Today, Terry McAuliffe for Governor announced that Boyd Marcus, who served as Governor Jim Gilmore’s Chief of Staff and has worked with Virginia Republicans for about 40 years, will join “Virginians for McAuliffe” as a supporter and the McAuliffe Campaign as a consultant.

“I am enthusiastically supporting Terry McAuliffe for Governor because I believe he will work with both parties to advance an agenda that prioritizes economic growth. Virginia needs an experienced businessman who will put the practical needs of our people ahead of political ideology,” said Marcus. “I’ve never before supported any Democrat, but this election Terry is the clear choice for mainstream conservatives. I am excited to work with him to grow the already-long list of prominent Republican leaders who are supporting his campaign. Virginia is facing tremendous economic headwinds and we need a Governor who is going to work with both parties.”

As a member of “Virginians for McAuliffe,” Marcus joins prominent Republicans supporting McAuliffe including Dwight Schar, Judy Ford Wason, Sen. John Chichester, Del. Vince Callahan, Sen. Russ Potts, Del. Jim Dillard, John Sherman and Del. Katherine Waddell.

“Boyd is a great addition to our campaign team that is focused on bringing together Virginians of both parties,” said McAuliffe. “Leadership means working with both parties towards compromises that move Virginia’s economy forward.”


Background on Marcus:

From 1998-2001 Boyd Marcus served as Chief of Staff to Governor James Gilmore III.  As Chief of Staff he was the Governor’s closest advisor and led a 10 member Cabinet, which oversaw 113,000 employees and a biennial budget of over $50 billion. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Marcus was the chief consultant of the Governor’s campaign.

Highlights of Marcus’s political career include serving as Senior Advisor to George Allen’s 2012 Senate Campaign and Lead Consultant on Allen’s 1993 campaign for Governor.

In 2002, Marcus served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Eric Cantor.

He also served as Campaign Manager for Coleman For Governor 1989; Virginia State Coordinator for Bush For President 1988; Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom Bliley, 1981-1988; and Campaign Manager of the Bliley For Congress Committee, 1980, 1982.

A native of Leesburg, Virginia, Boyd graduated from the University of Virginia in 1974.