Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has hired Taylor Thornley, an aide to Gov. Bob McDonnell, as his gubernatorial campaign’s communications director.

“She is smart, hard-working and very talented, and she has the experience we need to take our campaign to the next level,’’ Bolling said in a statement. 

 For the past three years, Thornley has worked for McDonnell,   currently serving as his deputy director of communications. She got her start in politics working as Cindy McCain’s press assistant on Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign during the 2008 election.

“Taylor has been a valued and integral member of our team since joining us during the 2009 campaign,’’ McDonnell said. “Over the past three years she has served as an effective and articulate advocate for our positions and policies.”

 She will start Aug. 2. Bolling faces Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the Republican nomination.