Hillary Clinton to headline fundraiser for Terry McAuliffe

posted at 4:51 pm on August 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

“That makes sense,” says the Christian Science Monitor to the news that Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraiser for beleaguered Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe — which then goes on to detail a few ways in which it doesn’t.  McAuliffe, whose GreenTech venture is now the center of two different corruption investigations, will be enough baggage for the Clintons without personal appearances drawing even stronger connections between the two:

But be sure, Republicans are already digging, and McAuliffe highlights the potential perils of Clinton’s past.

McAuliffe, after all, was not universally loved as a Clinton fundraiser. While that might be a badge of honor for the best fundraisers, it doesn’t make for sterling reputations. Even Mr. Clinton has joked about his friend. “Absolutely, I would buy a new car from Terry. But a used car? I am not so sure about a used car,” he told The New York Times last year.

That reputation was not enhanced earlier this month when the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed it was investigating an electric car company founded by McAuliffe, GreenTech Automotive, to see if it properly applied a federal program that offers permanent residency to foreign investors. For good measure, the SEC is also investigating Gulf Coast Funds Management, which seeks investors in the company and is run by Anthony Rodham, Ms. Clinton’s brother.

As Ms. Clinton surely knows, holding a fundraiser on Sept. 30, 2013, for a good friend is not going to derail any 2016 presidential aspirations. But like the New York City mayor’s race, it indicates a potential weak point for Clinton going forward.

Er … yeah.  It’s bad enough that her brother is now under investigation for assisting McAuliffe into bypassing a DHS denial of EB-5 visas to allow investors from China — with possible ties to China’s military and intelligence — into the US.  Having Hillary go on the fundraising trail for McAuliffe makes those ties a lot more close, and brings up a lot of memories of the Clinton-McAuliffe past, including the exploitation of the Lincoln Bedroom for Bill Clinton’s own political fundraising in his first term.

Most pols would put McAuliffe at arms’ length with his current legal and political woes.  One reason why she may feel as though she has no choice is because of the value of Virginia in 2016.  The state has become purple-to-blue in recent years in presidential elections, going twice for Barack Obama, but it’s usually a close-run election.  Having a Republican governor in place might have enough of an effect to push the state a little more red in 2016, and without Virginia, Hillary’s general-election path to the presidency gets a little more complicated.  Therefore, like it or not, Hillary has to invest in the 2013 cycle even if it means embracing a man facing multiple probes into potential corruption.

Guy Benson notes that Ken Cuccinelli and the Virginia GOP are working to make McAuliffe’s legal woes a central point in their campaign:

McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, wasted no time in pouncing on the piece:

“This is today’s New York Times. Front page of The New York Times and I would not normally urge anyone to buy The New York Times, but it is pretty incredible to see what they have run about my opponent and his attempted use of connections with respect to GreenTech and the current president and CEO’s comments. The current president of GreenTech said that Terry and people like him are dangerous for business.That’s his quote. And Terry is still a 25 percent shareholder in this company and that’s what the chairman is saying. Wow. How do you say it? That will leave a mark.

But will it impact the polls?  Recent surveys have produced mixed results, with an unusually high number of uncommitted voters.  I’ve been told that polling breaks heavily against McAuliffe when respondents are aware of his GreenTech baggage, which is probably why the GOP has placed that narrative front and center in a new batch of television ads.

If this gains traction against McAuliffe, then Hillary’s involvement in the campaign may transfer that “mark” to her own bid later in Virginia.  If Cuccinelli wins, though, perhaps Hillary figures that she hasn’t lost anything and that the damage will be limited to only Virginia.

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Cankles to the rescue!

Joe Mama on August 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I don’t think this will hurt Hillary in the slightest, and could be a boon for McAuliffe as well. People haven’t cared about her baggage enough before, so I’m not sure why they would start.

changer1701 on August 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

thick as thieves.

rob verdi on August 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Desperation setting in.

Bmore on August 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I wasn’t so sure I wanted to throw money at a corrupt piece of garbage but now that the enabler of a rapist will be there, I’ll throw the money for sure.

To think there really are Democrat pieces of garbage that think along those lines.

MNHawk on August 12, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Does making Democrat corruption the centerpiece of any campaign seem smart? In case no one has noticed, Democrats seem to get a pass on these sort of things. I’ll bet in two weeks the same papers that are talking about McAuliffe’s problems will be beating the Republicans over the head for not talking about the issues.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Two Peas Creeps in a Pod.

ToddPA on August 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Hillary & Terry: The Clinton Crony Corruptocrats: The Sequel

Resist We Much on August 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I bet that he will also pull in Disgraced Former President Bill Clinton as well. People should always be reminded that Clinton was impeached and therefore is disgraced.

DAT60A3 on August 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Er … yeah. It’s bad enough that her brother is now under investigation for assisting McAuliffe into bypassing a DHS denial of EB-5 visas to allow investors from China — with possible ties to China’s military and intelligence — into the US.

Clinton, China, and military and intelligence?

Back to the Future!

Resist We Much on August 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Are there any Dems associated with the Clintons that are not corrupt?

Who else is there for them to hang out with?

The hard thing for Clenis’s to overcome will be Obama. What will Hillary say on stage? “I’ll keep doin’ the bestest I can”? “We’re moving in the right direction”? “Iran is a small country”?

If she promises to continue the fundamental reformation of the country, she doesn’t make it through to the primary.

If she criticizes Obama, she walks away from a lock on 30% of the vote.

How does a Democrat campaign for the office occupied by a Democrat for 8 years that turned the country into crap?

Unless she scoops up a billion dollars fast and early, she drops out halfway to the primary.

Why? The Clintons can make $20-$30 million a year giving speeches right now. Engaging in a drawn-out campaign during which she will be forced to criticize Obama will only reduce her speaking fee.

BobMbx on August 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Does making Democrat corruption the centerpiece of any campaign seem smart? In case no one has noticed, Democrats seem to get a pass on these sort of things. I’ll bet in two weeks the same papers that are talking about McAuliffe’s problems will be beating the Republicans over the head for not talking about the issues.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

To Dems, corruption is a badge of honor.

DAT60A3 on August 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Crooks of a feather flock together.

Ward Cleaver on August 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Hillary Clinton is not going to run in 2016 so everything is OK with this. It is one last desperate grasping at straws. Odds are with her family history she will have another stroke and that will put paid to any ideas of her running.

Johnnyreb on August 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM

But be sure, Republicans are already digging, and McAuliffe highlights the potential perils of Clinton’s past.

He must have some dirt on her. I can’t imagine she would roll in that mud for any other reason.

iurockhead on August 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Come 2016, this crap will matter about as much as Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, and Rev. Wright did to voters in 2008.

Mark1971 on August 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Scumhag features crook…another day in Leftieland.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Democratic strategists, including one who appeared on MSNBC, aver that a Cuccinelli (whom I support) win will inure to the detriments of Republicans later due to his “extreme” positions.

Hillary Clinton is showing that she stands by her men….no matter what.

IlikedAUH2O on August 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM

If he wins I’ll have to move… anyone have boxes? Thieves and liars at the gate.

MT on August 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM

BenghaziGate.

SparkPlug on August 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

DAT60A3 on August 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

So it would appear.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Is she still married to that guy who used to date Monica Lewinsky?

Galtian on August 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Dirtbags begat dirtbags.

rplat on August 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I don’t think she runs.

Health reasons.

1921 C DRUM on August 12, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Proves once again that there is honor….among thieves.

Pardonme on August 12, 2013 at 6:34 PM

I get so tired of these people. It is no longer what is best for America. It is payback, get rich, and keep the power that’s all.

rjoco1 on August 12, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Clinton, China, and military and intelligence?

Back to the Future!

Resist We Much on August 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Those were my first thoughts, too.

onlineanalyst on August 12, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Hillary is making a safe bet…nobody gives a damn about ethics anymore. She never gave a damn about them, so her ethics now match the the zeitgeist. This country has become one big Jerry Springer episode, so who cares? When he’s governor, he’ll endorse her and then she’ll win.

I’m building a bomb shelter tomorrow, BTW…apropos of nothing, really.

AUINSC on August 12, 2013 at 9:06 PM

It’s amusing to hear about the “threat” of Hillary being tarnished by Terry McAuliffe’s corruption.

McAuliffe is a rank amateur compared to Hillary.

Only the truly naive would be shocked to see Hillary comfortable with the corrupt.

Since any Hillary supporter has already had to turn a blind eye to suspicious deaths, smears against political enemies, raging incompetence, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to cover up a scandal, I really doubt McAuliffe being a verified scumbag will affect their support.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Could this be equated to the Mafia crime boss meetings, otherwise known as the meeting of the thieves. Neither one of these crooks should be running for office, they should be running for the border.

savage24 on August 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM