RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — -

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's not worried about Republican criticism surrounding his appointment of former GOP operative Boyd Marcus to the state's alcoholic beverage commission.

McAuliffe said in a sit down interview with The Associated Press on Friday that Marcus is well qualified to be a member of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The Democratic governor also says he's paid almost no attention to the controversy caused by the appointment.

Marcus stunned state Republicans during last year's gubernatorial campaign by endorsing and advising McAuliffe over his Republican rival, Ken Cuccinelli.

Marcus has worked for a number of Republicans, including former Gov. Jim Gilmore.

Some Republican lawmakers have said Marcus' appointment to the well-paying position may be a political payoff, a suggestion McAuliffe denies.