Former Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) has hired a veteran operative to helm his Senate bid. Allen's camp announced Thursday that Mike Thomas, his former chief of staff, will serve as campaign manager.

"Mike is a trusted friend who Susan and I feel blessed to have once again as a proven leader of our team," Allen said in a statement. "Mike has the necessary experience and personal knowledge of Virginia, its people, and our values to lead our grassroots insurgency. "

According to the release, Thomas leaves a job at McGuireWoods Consulting to join the effort. He has previously served as a vice chairman of the state GOP, and held top posts in Virginia state government.