- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate panel is recommending longtime GOP operative Boyd Marcus be confirmed as Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick to lead the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control board.

The panel voted along party lines Tuesday to approve Marcus‘ appointment, which is likely to face stiff resistance in the GOP-controlled House of Delegates.

Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg said Marcus‘ appointment may be legal, but it gives the appearance of impropriety.

Marcus shocked the state political world by endorsing McAuliffe last year. Campaign finance records show Marcus was paid $140,000 to consult for the campaign. His spot on the ABC board pays $130,978 a year.

Democratic Sen. Creigh (KREE) Deeds of Bath County said Marcus was qualified for the position and the Senate should give the governor latitude in his appointments.

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