McAuliffe refuses to say he’d protect Virginia’s right-to-work status

posted at 1:51 pm on June 21, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Virginia is a right-to-work state and is pretty proud of it. The Commonwealth has a reputation for electing moderate, pro-business governors when it does go Democrat, and former governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine were careful to at least verbally support the state’s tradition of not forcing citizens to join a union as a condition of employment, even when they work closely with union interests. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McCaulliffe is not being so careful, and now another former Democratic governor says his statements should raise eyebrows.

Former Gov. Doug Wilder tweeted Friday morning, “@TerryMcAuliffe’s refusal to say whether he would defend Virginia’s right-to-work status deserves attention.”

Wilder linked to an NBC account of Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign attacking McAuliffe on this front:

From a Cuccinelli campaign release: “Terry McAuliffe’s refusal to say whether he would defend Virginia’s right-to-work status stands in stark contrast to the last three Democrats elected Governor of Virginia. Former Governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner both “strongly” supported Virginia’s right-to-work law and Doug Wilder “unreservedly defended” it. The fact that McAuliffe is leading one of the most pro-tax, anti-job tickets in Virginia history is troubling enough for job creators in the Commonwealth. But when you couple that with his blind devotion to union bosses—a position well out of step with former Virginia Democrat standard bearers —it’s clear that McAuliffe is wrong for the Commonwealth’s economy and middle-class families.”

The Washington Post covered the speech in which McAuliffe’s hedging began. The Democrat has taken in more than a million from union interests over his two shots at Virginia governor, and was hesitant to assure there would be no union requirement for construction on a new Metro rail line in Northern Virginia:

He declined to say whether he would support the kind of labor-friendly provision that nearly upended the second phase of Metrorail’s Silver Line to Dulles International Airport and farther into Loudoun.

“Listen, I’m not going to answer specifics on projects,” he said in response to a question about what is known as a project labor agreement. “You clearly don’t talk about specifics on future projects until you even know what the projects are and what the bidding process will be.”

McAuliffe also declined to say whether he would protect the commonwealth’s status as a right-to-work state or search for ways to make the state more friendly toward organized labor.

“I’m going to work with management. I’m going to work with labor. I’m going to work with everybody to move Virginia forward,” McAuliffe said. “It’s not ‘either-or.’ We are a right-to-work state that has been here for many years, and it’s not going to change. But the focus has got to be not on trying to divide folks. [It] is, how do we work together to grow the Virginia economy to have the most diverse economy to bring in those 21st-century jobs?”

The Silver Line authorization only survived a 2012 vote of an all-Republican board of supervisors in Loudoun County, Va. because a provision was removed that would have given union contractors and employees an advantage over non-union.

In other McAuliffe news, his GreenTech Automotive is still a $5-million taxpayer subsidized boondoggle doing nothing for those to whom it promised jobs:

No major activity is taking place nor are jobs being created at the Mississippi plants of GreenTech Automotive, even though Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe claimed in 2012 that the plant would be churning out 10,000 electric cars this year.

A special report from Memphis’ WMC-TV Action News 5 took a long look at the disappointment that McAuliffe’s GreenTech has been for Mississippi, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country at 9.1 percent.

This is McAuliffe’s real job creation pitch:

You keep using this word “successful.” I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Hopefully VA opens her eyes.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM

We used to be told, “Look for the union label.”

Politicians look for the union money.

Liam on June 21, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Refuses to say….

Hmmmm…

McAuliffe always reminds me, for some reason, of the bad guy in that 1990 Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore movie “Ghost.” Tony Goldwyn, was it?

For that reason alone…I have never ever trusted the guy.

coldwarrior on June 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

I thought his name was McAwful

Youngs98 on June 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

won’t matter. NOVA will overwhelm any opposition to the union puppet, particularly with the huge influx of gubmint employees.

Lost in Jersey on June 21, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Dear Virginia, if you elect this sorry,lying, elitist, sleazy Pri(k as your Governor…

Welcome to the Club.

Sincerely: The State of Minnesota.

BigWyo on June 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM

No mystery whose candidate this clown is.

MTF on June 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM

A communist in the classic slimey Stalin mode.

acyl72 on June 21, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The Video….ErMahGERD!!

LOL!!!

How that sorry SOB is even in contention…Jesus.

BigWyo on June 21, 2013 at 2:07 PM

OT: So was this tied to the Benghazi CIA operations..?

d1carter on June 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Who knows?

Seems there is definitely a larger plan at work…check this out.

Soldiers at Ft. Hood have been undergoing riot control before they ship out to Egypt?

http://www.kcentv.com/story/22647545/riot-control-training

Why are we sending US Troops to Police Riots in Egypt?

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Elimination of “right to work” will be one of McAuliff’s first targets folks, he’s a ‘rat.

RoyalFlush on June 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I’m not surprised at this because Democrats are Union Toolz.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I’m not surprised at this because Democrats are Union Toolz.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I wish I had the clout to enjoy the new American dream of owning my own politician. ~sigh~

Liam on June 21, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I’m going to work with labor. I’m going to work with everybody to move Virginia forward,” McAuliffe said.

“Forward.” Is that a code word? Like in the 0bama meaning of “forward?”

iurockhead on June 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Who’d believe him anyway?

NoDonkey on June 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Moving forward…that phrase gives me cold sweats…I’m so scared that all the youngsters in my state who are so proud of their hate for Cuccinelli will not be responsible for electing this train wreck McAuliffe…

ellifint on June 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Look for the greedy-union label, and run like h in the other direction!

slickwillie2001 on June 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM

It’s a huge mess.

The company wants to pay as little as possible, the union wants $1million a year plus full benefits, the non-members don’t like unions but they like the contracts the union negotiates for them, the politicians hate the unions because they give money to the other party, the politicians love the unions because they get money from them, the union members get angry at non-members, the non-members don’t like being intimidated by the members…

My bottom line belief is that the state should stay out of it. No one should be forced to join (or not join) as a condition of employment as mandated by government. That should be between the employer and the employee.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Anyone who votes Dem these days is either a taker or low info. I hope the smart folks outnumber the traditional Dem base or VA is done. Texas is a right-to-work state and it seems to be working just fine for us.

VA, if you elect this fool then you deserve what you get.

neyney on June 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

They know how to steal elections.There are probably thousands of votes already cast for him stored away.

docflash on June 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM

neyney on June 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Amen brother. As a proud Virginian, I’m worried about this one. Cuch has pi$$ed off women, minorities and a sizable portion of the GOP here after backstabbing Bill Bolling.

Then, the loyal dumba$$ conservatives at the convention nominated a candidate for Lt. Governor that is as far right as I’ve ever seen. Jackson is a good man, but he is viewed as extreme, and Va doesn’t do extreme.

I’m gonna work my a$$ off to elect the ticket in November, but I don’t have a good feeling about this one.

BacaDog on June 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Anyone who votes Dem these days is either a taker or low info. I hope the smart folks outnumber the traditional Dem base or VA is done. Texas is a right-to-work state and it seems to be working just fine for us.

VA, if you elect this fool then you deserve what you get.

neyney on June 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

One more category, -the very wealthy who vote out of a sense of guilt combined with the knowledge that they’ve got theirs and want to kick away the ladder that they used.

slickwillie2001 on June 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Dammit I don’t have a good feeling about this one. :(

SgtSVJones on June 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

This won’t be good for McAuliffe, if this gets out.

22044 on June 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM

So the so called tough guy doesn’t have the balls to say one way or the other.

Hummer53 on June 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

MISSISSIPPI HAS SEEN CARPETBAGGERS BEFORE.

Marcola on June 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

So the so called tough guy doesn’t have the balls to say one way or the other.

Hummer53 on June 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Actually, he did.
Anyone who “won’t say”, did say. Every.Single.Time.

“Did you cheat?”
“Did you have insider information on those investments?”
“Did you know those conservative groups were being targeted?”

Mimzey on June 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Dear Virginia, if you elect this sorry,lying, elitist, sleazy Pri(k as your Governor…

Welcome to the Club.

Sincerely: The State of Minnesota.

BigWyo on June 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM

There are some of us here in the Old Dominion who doing everything we can to prevent the election of McMarx.

PS Several years ago circumstances placed me situation where I had about an hour of time to spare and I found myself in the company of Governor Wilder. After be able to converse with the man ‘one on one’ and listen to his views, I wanted to ask him why he was still a Democrat. (Sort of like the gentleman in Louisiana.) Governor Wilder may belong to the opposite party but is a fine man. A man of integrity.

oldleprechaun on June 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

There are some of us here in the Old Dominion who doing everything we can to prevent the election of McMarx.

oldleprechaun on June 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Thanks for the interesting personal observation, lep.

You failed to mention, however, that VA has a black guy going for Lt. Gov. He is a very engaging man and seems a cross between Rev. Wright and Allen West and Barry Goldwater.

Did anyone’s head explode?

As far as this upcoming election, the state has an excellent economy (although in great measure gov’t driven) but the Dems are ahead in most polls. Things are sufficiently close and the present Obama drop so hard to quantify that it could go either way.

My best expert says that it will come down to which man outworks the other although the Republican is said to have the charm and interpersonal factor over McA. This same person gave me the description of the Lt. Gov. candidate so consider it in that light.

Since many of you dislike the present Governor, McDonnell, whom I like, please peruse this:

On the Silver Line, Cuccinelli focused on McAuliffe’s long-standing ties to unions, questioning whether McAuliffe would have demanded the removal of an incentive for contractors who use a project labor agreement on the rail project, as Governor McDonnell did.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/at-reston-tech-forum-cuccinelli-and-mcauliffe-blast-each-others-policy-priorities/2013/06/20/607798ca-d9d9-11e2-9df4-895344c13c30_story.html

IlikedAUH2O on June 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM

the money quote from the link;

An upstart electric car company made the promise of providing hundreds of new jobs in North Mississippi almost one year ago. Taxpayers helped foot the bill to land Greentech Automotive, and now they want a return on their investment.

When a company commits to creating hundreds of jobs, it gets people’s attention.

Now model cars are gone from outside of the plant. The only evidence Action News 5 investigators found of any electric car production were a couple of cars whizzing around the parking lot after our crew started filming.

Based on last year’s announcement this facility should be booming by now.

For months, the Action News 5 Investigators asked to get back inside Greentech to see the operation and the Mid-Southerners hired to fill those promised positions. Greentech Vice President Marianne McInerney denied our requests each time, but share 78 employees worked inside.

My guess is, they’re probably still waiting for batteries from that other “green startup” funded by government money that folded two months ago.

So, in addition to his union infatuation, McAuliffe is one of The One’s “green rent-seekers”. Who, like the rest, isn’t producing anything but good-looking visuals, or maybe not even that.

It would be pretty funny if he were elected Governor- and then indicted for fraud.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM

It would be pretty fun if he were indicted for fraud

eon on June 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Cliff Note version.

S. D. on June 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM