Un – freaking – believable.
Do you remember the turncoat Boyd Marcus who defected to Terry McAuliffe’s campaign? Marcus was a long time Republican Political insider and strategist. He refused to support the Republican in the race – Ken Cuccinelli – and instead, took his decades of political secrets to the McAuliffe Campaign and elected a Democrat to Virginia’s highest office.
It was one of the biggest stories of the election, long time GOP strategist and veteran campaign operative Boyd Marcus bolted from his party to back the Democratic nominee for Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Marcus, who has served as an aide to Virginia GOP titans like George Allen, Jim Gilmore and Eric Cantor had been running Lt. Governor Bill Bolling‘s campaign for Governor. That was before the Republican decided against a convention competition with the eventual nominee, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Shortly after Bolling decided to get out of the race, he made it clear he would not support Cuccinelli and even dangled the idea of a long shot independent run for Governor. He eventually decided to stay out of the race all together.
But while Bolling has remained neutral (at least publicly) his confidante Marcus announced that he would go “all in” for McAuliffe. Marcus had never supported a democrat before putting his support behind McAuliffe.
Support isn’t the only thing Marcus offered. He also offered McAuliffe his expertise, something the candidate was eager to take advantage of. He hired Marcus and his newly created firm Marcus Consulting LLC. The new formation of a company was a necessity after Marcus decided to leave the party. His long time business partner Ray Allen, who is a close adviser to Cantor, remained loyal to the GOP.
Today we are getting our first glimpse as to how much McAuliffe is paying Marcus for his services. McAuliffe’s newly released September financial disclosure report shows Marcus’s company receiving twodifferent payments of $10 thousand each. (on 9/4 & 9/26) Read the rest here.
So guess who Jim Gilmore runs to when he decides to run for president?
If you guessed now Democrat Strategist Boyd Marcus, you would be correct.
The campaign for 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Jim Gilmore is downplaying the candidate failing so far to qualify for the second GOP primary debate of the season, arguing it will eventually recover from the late start.
Gilmore, a former Virginia governor, essentially needs to get 1 percent of the vote in major polls to qualify for the Sept. 10 debate.
“We didn’t expect to be on the polls,” Gilmore senior campaign adviser Boyd Marcus told FoxNews.com on Wednesday. “We’ve been in this campaign for 13 days and we’re against people who have been here for months and months. We started off behind, and we’re going to catch up.”
The debate is being hosted by CNN and will be at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, Calif.
Right now, Gilmore is not listed among the top 16 GOP candidates, according to an averaging of the most recent polls by the nonpartisan website RealClearPolitics.com. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is in 15th and last place with 0.6 percent of the vote.
“We’re used to making things work that people say can’t be done,” said Marcus, Gilmore’s former chief of staff. “We will start climbing the lateral polls after we are campaigning for a while.”
Any Republican that offers support to Gilmore while Boyd Marcus is on his payroll or advising him in any capacity should be thrown out of the party.
The Republican Party of Virginia now bans anyone that supports a Democrat from all party functions for 4 years, and the witch hunt is a constant harassment mechanism for Conservatives. Yet Gilmore hires a defector who is responsible for the McAuliffe victory.
Shame on you Governor!
You should pull out of the race now. You have proved that your decision making is abysmal by hiring a traitor.
We will publish the names of Republican donors that help Gilmore pay Marcus salary as soon as they are available.
Article written by: Tom White