A Coach for Kilgore?
It's no secret that Jerry Kilgore's performance at the July 16 debate exceeded all expectations.
Some detractors said that all the Republican candidate for governor had to do to exceed expectations was to avoid tripping over his tie as he walked onto the stage.
But Kilgore offered a disciplined, effective performance. He seemed well-prepared for all of the questions thrown his way, and was clearly ready for the brief back-and-forth with Tim Kaine. At previous meetings between the two -- and there have been few -- Kaine clearly had the edge and was able to rattle Kilgore. This time, Kaine seemed to be back on his heels more than once.
So what happened?
Maybe the person to ask is Brett O'Donnell.
Brett O'Donnell is listed in state records as the principal owner of O'Donnell and Associates Ltd., a firm that Kilgore's campaign paid $3,000 and listed as a "consultant" to the effort.
A Google search turns up the fact that O'Donnell is also the director of debate at Liberty University.
In his bio on the Web site, O'Donnell touts his record as having coached the number one debate teams at Penn State and Liberty University for several of the last 14 years. He also notes that in 2004, he served as "special adviser" to President Bush for the presidential debates.
A spokesman for Kilgore campaign declined to say anything about O'Donnell. A spokesman for the Kaine campaign said that Kaine had no need for a debate coach.
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