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House Republicans kill Marcus appointment

Wednesday - 3/5/2014, 3:50pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Longtime Republican operative Boyd Marcus' appointment to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board likely won't last much longer.

A House panel voted Wednesday to reject Marcus' appointment to the $130,000-a-year job, widely viewed as a plum political appointment.

Republican lawmakers view Marcus as a party traitor after he shocked the Virginia political establishment last year and endorsed Democrat Terry McAuliffe over his Republican rival. Records show Marcus was paid $140,000 to consult for the McAuliffe campaign.

Marcus argued Wednesday that he's qualified for the position. And House Democrats said the General Assembly should give the governor wide latitude in making appointments.

But Republicans said Marcus' appointment by McAuliffe looks like a possible quid pro quo arrangement and should not be approved.

Without General Assembly approval, Marcus cannot remain on the job.

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