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Hey, Republicans: Endorse Terry McAuliffe, get government job, get $140k

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During the Virginia governor's contest, corporatist Democrat Terry McAuliffe secured the endorsement of GOP consultant Boyd Marcus. The Washington Post aptly summed up the significance:

Democrats and even some Republicans see Marcus’s move as emblematic of a deep rift within the party: Marcus had been aligned with pragmatic establishment figures and repelled by the resolute tea party style embraced by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the Republican nominee.

If you were more cynical, you could say that Marcus saw that McAuliffe was part of the traditional bipartisan game of special-interest insider dealing. If you saw it in this cynical way, you would have had your suspicions confirmed by McAuliffe giving a government job to Marcus.

And if you thought of McAuliffe and his orbit as transactional in politics, this news, from the AP's Alan Suderman, bolsters that:

A longtime GOP operative who Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently appointed to the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control board was paid $140,000 for consulting on McAuliffe's campaign last year, records show.

Boyd Marcus shocked Virginia's political class last year by endorsing McAuliffe. The governor's recent appointment of Marcus to a $130,000-a-year job has angered Republican lawmakers, who view Marcus as a party traitor and have suggested the appointment was a political payoff. The governor has denied those suggestions.

Records filed with the Federal Election Commission in December show Marcus was paid $100,000 for consulting work on the McAuliffe campaign by DGA Action, a federal super PAC associated with the Democratic Governors Association.

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