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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A former federal prosecutor fired by then-President George W. Bush is playing a role in West Virginia's governor's race.

Republican candidate Bill Maloney picked Kasey Warner Wednesday to co-chair a veterans group for his campaign.

Warner was Bush's U.S. attorney for southern West Virginia when the White House fired him in 2005. A state legislative audit later revealed Warner had offered to contribute secretly to a 2004 GOP political campaign. Warner has said he never followed through on the offer, and discounted that as a reason for his firing.

Maloney's campaign says it's aware of the firing, but cited Warner's military service. The retired U.S. Army colonel is a West Point graduate whose assignments include Special Operations Command.

Retired Army Gen. Doc Bronsen and Sgt. James Vickers are Warner's co-chairs.

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