On Tuesday morning, Terry McAuliffe announced his senior staff and co-chairs to accompany him as governor once he is inaugurated in January. “This great team will help me build an inauguration that brings Virginians together from all corners of the Commonwealth and sets the tone for an administration focused on finding common ground around solutions that work for Virginia families,” he said. Click here to get a look at the official list, according to the Augusta Free Press.
Most of the people taking up these positions are veteran Democrats who McAuliffe is hoping will be a great asset to him, considering all of their experience. Paul Reagan will be his chief of staff, who has been in the business of politics for over thirty years and has worked for U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D) as his chief of staff. In an article published by The Washington Post, McAuliffe says, “Paul’s knowledge of this commonwealth and how we interact will be an invaluable asset to Virginia as this administration begins, as will his calm, collaborative and decisive leadership style.”
Suzette Denslow, who previously served for Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones (D), will serve as his deputy chief of staff. McAuliffe stated, “She has helped lead this city to a new chapter of economic growth, and I am thrilled she will bring her record of accomplishment to my administration.”
Ric Brown (R) will continue to be the secretary of finance, a position he has held for 40 years. Brown has extensive experience working with 12 different governors and his Republican ties can help McAuliffe further his agenda with his opposing party.
McAuliffe’s run against the experienced Ken Cuccinelli highlighted McAuliffe’s lack of experience. These three appointees are going to be seriously valuable to his term as governor, especially with helping him make decisions that will take the heat off him.