Campaigns & Elections
Cox deserves as much credit as any-one for the 2009 election of Gov. BobMcDonnell. The political strategist andconsultant is sought after as an advisorby campaigns outside Virginia and re-mains the governor’s top political man.He is now executive director of the Re-publican Governors Association.
In Virginia, he’s known simply as LaCi-vita. And, while he may be anonymousto much of the public, his work isn’t.LaCivita is a campaign consultant andwas a key media advisor involved in theSwift Boat Veterans for Truth ads at-tacking 2004 Democratic presidentialcandidate John Kerry.
Frank B. Atkinson
The chairman of McGuireWoods Con-sulting in Richmond, Atkinson is apowerful voice within the Virginia GOP.He’s also its resident historian, havingpenned two tomes about state politics.Atkinson is a veteran of the Reaganadministration and worked for then-Gov.George Allen in the mid-90s.
A prominent Republican strategist, Gil-lespie chaired McDonnell’s successfulgubernatorial campaign. He previouslyserved as chairman of the national GOPand as counselor to former PresidentGeorge W. Bush. He is the founder of EdGillespie Strategies, a consulting ﬁrm,and helped launch the outside advo-cacy groups American Crossroads andCrossroads GPS.
The chairman of the state GOP cantrace his roots in Republican politicsto the early 1970s. Mullins has neverheld public ofﬁce, but he’s helped electplenty of candidates over the years andhelped restore stability to the party.
A former Virginia governor and U.S.senator, Allen’s star lost some lusterduring his failed 2006 Senate re-elec-tion bid. But he’s been rebuilding hisbrand and is running in 2012 with thehope of reclaiming the Senate seat helost to Webb.
Morton C. Blackwell
Blackwell’s political activism goes backdecades and continues today. He isfounder of the Leadership Institute,an Arlington-based operation thattrains conservatives to inﬂuence policythrough activism. He also serves as na-tional committeeman for the state GOP.
Ray Allen, Jr.
One half of Marcus & Allen, LLC, aRichmond-based political consultingﬁrm that has worked on campaigns forU.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor,former Gov. Jim Gilmore, and formerstate Atty. Gen. Jerry Kilgore. Allen hasworked in former Gov. Allen’s adminis-tration (no relation) and for several GOPgroups over the years.
M. Boyd Marcus, Jr.
The other half of the Marcus & Allen,LLC political consulting ﬁrm. Marcusserved as chief of staff to former Gov.Gilmore and former Congressman TomBliley. His son Randy is Lt. Gov. Bill Bol-ling’s chief of staff.
J. Kenneth Klinge
The northern Virginia lobbyist has beenactive in Republican politics for decadesand remains an important voice in theparty as a former executive director ofthe state GOP.