Former Cantor Aide Helped Push McAuliffe to Victory in Va.

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 02:06 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's former chief of staff was a key player behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe's victory over Republican challenger Ken Cuccinelli in Tuesday's election for Virginia governor.

Boyd Marcus, Cantor's chief of staff until 2003, served as a political consultant to the McAuliffe operation even though he had never supported a Democrat for public office, reports Breitbart.

In a statement posted on McAuliffe's campaign website earlier this year, Marcus said, “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."

After departing Cantor's staff, Marcus teamed up with GOP operative Ray Allen to form the political consulting firm Marcus Allen. Cantor continued to employ the firm until earlier this year. At the same time, Marcus was also working on the early stages of the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. He switched to McAuliffe after the more moderate Bolling decided not to challenge Cuccinelli for the nomination, noting at the time that he stood little chance of a fair hearing at the state convention dominated by tea party and other GOP conservative activists who favored Cuccinelli.

Marcus wasn't the only Virginia Republican to join McAuliffe's campaign after Bolling withdrew from the race. Other prominent state Republicans who backed him included former Republican National Committee Finance Chairman Dwight Schar and GOP strategist Judy Ford Wason, who had worked for outgoing GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell, Breitbart reported.

Conservative talk show host Mark Levin Monday wrote a Facebook post criticizing what he called the "Republicans in Name Only," or RINOs, who supported McCauliffe as he "trashed" Cuccinelli during the campaign. Levin complained that the national party did nothing to help, choosing instead to focus their effort on helping Chris Christie in a contest he was never expected to lose.

"These GOP actors are hoping for a Cuccinelli loss and a big Chris Christie win (built on a Huey Long style of politics) to make the case that only big government Republicans can win and limited government, constitutional conservatives, such as Tea Party activists, are too extreme to prevail," Levin wrote.

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