Moderator to McAuliffe: Hey, shouldn’t you take a position on this major issue in the state you’d like to govern?

posted at 8:01 pm on August 9, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe took an interesting tack in a debate Friday in Virginia. Asked about a major road construction project in Northern Virginia, the Bi-County Parkway, he decided it’s not for an aspiring governor to go around having opinions about such things. He was pressed admirably by moderator Derek McGinty, the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate’s anchor:

To be fair, voting present gets some people to the White House, so maybe that’s the strategy for Virginia’s Beltway-centric Clintonista, whose company GreenTech is mired in no fewer than two investigations by federal entities at the moment.

McAuliffe—the man who ditched his family on the nights of the births of two of his children for Washington fundraising parties and shindigs— also laughably went after the moderator for his Beltway creds.

Jim Geraghty:

McGinty said he didn’t live in Virgina, “but have to drive there frequently.” McAuliffe urged him to move to Virginia, and McGinty responded, “I’ll move there when I know about the Bi-County Parkway.”

McAuliffe roared with laughter. “Fair enough. That’s good.”

The notion that Terry McAuliffe could give anybody else grief about ties to D.C. is pretty rich — after all, he’s the former finance chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as former finance chairman for the Dick Gephardt for President 1988 campaign, as former national finance chairman and then national co-chairman of the Clinton-Gore campaign, and as former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Oh, and his work on the board of Federal City National Bank in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s.

As he puts it, he merely “spent more time with Al Gore than with my own wife in 1993” as chairman of the DNC’s Business Leadership Forum.

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McAuliffe roared with laughter.

Never want to do this.

Axe on August 9, 2013 at 8:07 PM

I thought the Bi-County Parkway was in San Fransicko?

Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

viking01 on August 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

he is clinton one, all is forgiven.

rob verdi on August 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

When you elect McScumbag then he will tell you his plans, that’s how it works for lefties. If they told you before being elected you would arm yourself and dig a bunker in preparation.

Bishop on August 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Ah, but if you’re a Democrat, the Washington Post is just one macaca story away from victory, so why take a position that might make you unelectable Voting Present worked for Obama, why can’t it work for a lowly governor?

bflat879 on August 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

When you elect McScumbag then he will tell you his plans, that’s how it works for lefties. If they told you before being elected you would arm yourself and dig a bunker in preparation.

Bishop on August 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

It’s a prudent preparation regardless. Secrecy in advance of a Rat administration, though, is strongly advised.

Steve Eggleston on August 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Bishop on August 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Steve Eggleston on August 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

“You have to elect me to find out what I want to do!”

AKA Pelosi Logic.

Or, for that matter, Clinton Reasoning.

Of course, if anyone does not understand what Democrats like McAuliffe habitually do by now, they must have been hiding in the same cave as Elvis for the last forty years or so.

/Yes, I know he’s dead, but you’d be amazed how many people will believe anything they read in the tabloids- or the New York Times, for that matter.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

What’s with all the shoulder shrugging? Creepy.

Barred on August 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

“Won’t decide until all the facts are on the table in front of me (and the payola offers are evaluated as to size and secrecy).”

ExpressoBold on August 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Just another worthless hypocritical unethical criminal Democrat piece of shit. Nothing to see here. He’ll face no consequences for his actions.

Midas on August 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Looks like something that should have been built 15 years ago, so he’ll eventually come out against it. If forced to.

phreshone on August 9, 2013 at 8:54 PM

The phony laughter and the shrugging were pretty uncomfortable to watch. Clearly, the guy was not expecting to be pressed on the issue (or any issue for that matter).

GOPRanknFile on August 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Terry “oily” McAuliffe just gives the creeps.

It’s just instinct.

FOWG1 on August 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

If this sleazy operator gets elected in VA, I’ll have to seriously consider moving. A more undesirable candidate cannot be imagined by this Virginia hillbilly.

He has the stench of BJ Clenis about him.

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

What’s with all the shoulder shrugging? Creepy.
Barred on August 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Exactly.

What a phony!!

Sherman1864 on August 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Too much Virginia has become socialist loving idiots.
He’ll win. Shame.

losarkos on August 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Slimy McSleazy.

Punchenko on August 9, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Excuse me, that is Turrdy McSleazy. Really, I don’t see Cooch losing this. I cringe whenever Turrdy’s mug is plastered on my TV.

Punchenko on August 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Painful to watch. He comes off like the evil/clueless CEO in a movie, or something.

TallDave on August 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM

eon on August 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Ooooooohhhhh…things are much worse than I thought!

Those are all recordings on the Elvis! channel on XM 19 or whatever it is?

See, I was hoping that Elvis was real and a few guys like Mr. McAuliffe were just bit actors and impersonators trying to amuse us.

BTW, Attorney General Cuccinelli will accept donations and you can even leave comments.

IlikedAUH2O on August 10, 2013 at 5:45 AM

If this sleazy operator gets elected in VA, I’ll have to seriously consider moving.

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I’m considering it, anyway. This place is just too close to DC for the sewer not to overflow our direction. (And, way too much attention is paid in Richmond to all those rich fat cats living near the District.)

GWB on August 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

As Virginia makes it’s inexorable transition to become New Jersey…

Galtian on August 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

To be fair, voting present gets some people to the White House

He had already perfected that strategy in his first term in the Illinois senate which allowed him to jump to the US senate and from there to president.

burt on August 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

It is hard to imagine such an oily character winning. He is a true Obama type. Absolutely no experience. Just a sleazy professional political flack, fund raiser, candidate pimp, crony money sucking whore. Chicago via DC. Yet we seem to be in a phase where Democrats nation wide will overlook veracity in the service of ideology. The sad reality is few watch these debates.

Purely my opinion. I have been listening to Derek McGinty since the 80s. While a liberal, he always seems to manage a civil, interesting and fair presentation. He was a good talk show host, good reporter and is the only local anchor worth listening to anymore. It’s a good sign if he sees it necessary to press McAuliffe’s unsatisfactory waffling.

ironked on August 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Yes, Virginia. You’ll be a Santa Claus.

TimBuk3 on August 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM