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The Redskins have hired Virginia politico Ben Tribbett to “help guide the team’s battle over their controversial nickname.”

“I have been a Redskins fan my entire life,” Tribbett told Richmond’s NBC 12, which first reported the news of Tribbett’s hiring. “It is an honor to help the team promote a tradition that means so much to so many people.”

Tribbett, 34, got his start in Virginia politics by working on the 2001 House of Delegates campaign for Virginia state Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City), who is one of the legislators behind the recently formed ‘Redskins Pride’ caucus. Tribbett also wrote the progressive political blog  ‘Not Larry Sabato,’ where he broke the story of Redskins executive Bruce Allen’s brother, former Virgina Sen. George Allen, referring to an opponent as a ‘macaca’  in 2006.

Tribbett shut down the blog, which he started in 2005, on Tuesday. He hadn’t blogged much since he started working on the campaign for Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), one of seven Democrats who were vying to win the primary for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. James Moran. Hope finished second behind former lieutenant governor Don Beyer in June.

Tribbett defended the Redskins name on Facebook last October.

Thanks to Pro Football Talk for sharing. This post was updated to include information about Tribbett’s recent work on the Patrick Hope campaign.