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Morrisey puts GOP political operative on state payroll

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has hired a veteran political strategist from Walla Walla, Washington, and put him on the state payroll.

Lance James Henderson, 51, who last worked for Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign in 2014, was hired last month as Morrisey’s deputy chief of staff, a newly created position at the Attorney General’s Office.

Morrisey eliminated an investigator’s job in his Consumer Protection Division to make way for Henderson’s job, personnel records show. Half of Henderson’s $99,500 salary will be paid with monies from the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Recovery Fund, which finances consumer protection activities.

Henderson has never practiced law. He’s been a campaign consultant to politicians for the past 25 years, specializing in field operations and building voter databases. Politicians and their campaign operatives use the voter files to track vote habits and urge likely voters to support specific candidates and go to the polls.

On his resume posted on his page, Henderson lists these areas of expertise: “strategy, message and branding, management and organization, media relations, direct and digital marketing, fundraising, research and targeting…

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