Before he himself switched sides, Republican strategist Boyd Marcus was all against the idea.
Marcus’ jump into Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign is ironic, given his harsh assessment of Democrat Mark Warner’s hiring of GOP consultant William Payne in 2007.
“It was a grave violation of any kind of ethical standard to go out and hire someone from the other side who had access to immense amounts of sensitive information,” Marcus said at the time.
At least one Republican, a former client, wished Marcus well on Wednesday.
“Ultimately, Boyd has to do what he thinks is in the best interests of Virginia and we respect his decision. We know the McAuliffe campaign will benefit from his knowledge and experience,” Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s spokeswoman, Ibbie Hedrick, told Watchdog.
Hedrick said Bolling – a former contender for the GOP gubernatorial nomination – “has not made any endorsements in the statewide campaigns and he does not plan on making any endorsements.”
Since 2003, the political consulting firm of Marcus & Allen LLC earned a combined $182,000 from Bolling For Lieutenant Governor, Bolling For Governor and the Bolling Inaugural Committee.
The McAuliffe campaign has not divulged Marcus’ salary.
The first survey among voters likely to vote in the November election showed a wider margin for the Democrat. But, curiously, the Quinnipiac sample contained 7 percent more Democrats than Republicans -- a ratio more reflective of a general election turnout than an off-year election.
“McAuliffe is up 16 percentage points among voters who say empathy or understanding their problems is extremely important, while Cuccinelli has a 23-point advantage among those who say the right kind of experience is extremely important,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Connecticut-based polling institute.