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Bill Bolling hires former McDonnell aide for campaign

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced the hiring of Taylor Thornley as director of communications for his gubernatorial campaign on Wednesday.

Thornley will join the Bolling for Governor campaign starting Aug. 2.

“I am very pleased to have Taylor join our campaign team,” Bolling said. “She is smart, hard-working and very talented, and she has the experience we need to take our campaign to the next level.  I have enjoyed working with her during her time in the governor’s office, and I know that her her political experience and communication skills will be a tremendous asset to our campaign as we prepare to compete and win in next year’s Republican convention.”

“Taylor has been a valued and integral member of our team since joining us during the 2009 campaign,” said Gov. Bob McDonnell, for whom Thornley currently serves as deputy director of communications. “Over the past three years she has served as an effective and articulate advocate for our positions and policies. While we will miss her in our office, I am confident she will be a tremendous asset to the Bolling campaign, and I know she is looking forward to hitting the campaign trail again. We all wish Taylor the best of luck in this new endeavor.”

During McDonnell’s 2009 campaign for governor Thornley was his deputy press secretary and press assistant, traveling with then-Attorney General McDonnell as well as writing press releases and managing media events. Thornley got her start in politics working as Cindy McCain’s press assistant on Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign during the 2008 election.

Thornley graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2009 with a degree in corporate communications and public affairs.

Additional staff and new hires will be announced in the coming weeks.


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