Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling'sgubenatorial campaign announced Tuesday that it has hired Gov. Bob McDonnell's deputy communications director Taylor Thornley to head its press shop in Bolling's bid for governor in 2013.
Thornley, who starts with the campaign on Aug. 2, has worked in the governor's office for the past three years, prior to that she worked on McDonnell's 2009 campaign as deputy press secretary.
“I am very pleased to have Taylor join our campaign team," Bolling said in a press release. "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.”
McDonnell said Thornley has been a "valuable" member of his team, and will serve Bolling well.
"Over the past three years she has served as an effective and articulate advocate for our positions and policies" McDonnell said in the press release. "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.”
Bolling is seeking the GOP nomination for governor in 2013 against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. McDonnell long has been a vocal advocate for Bolling's bid for governor.