McAuliffe on GreenTech investigation: I don’t know anything, I was just in charge

posted at 7:01 pm on August 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It seems that the Republican camp’s hits on Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and his oversight of GreenTech Automotive, currently under an SEC investigation, are at least hitting the target to some degree. Earlier this week, the Washington Post editors posed a rather uncomfortable question or two for the Democrat, who resigned as the barely-productive company’s chairman just last December and remains the largest shareholder.

In answer, McAuliffe wrote a piece for Friday afternoon — ahem — that took some rather interesting positions on his fiduciary responsibilities as the erstwhile leader of the company. For instance: You might think that the chairman of a fledgling company would have not merely the personal desire but the professional responsibility to review the content of promissory notes — but you’d be wrong.

Two weeks ago, I first learned from The Post about documents that Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R- Iowa) obtained showing that the Securities and Exchange Commission recently started an inquiry into GreenTech, where I previously served as chairman. My opponent in the Virgina governor’s race, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, has since devoted much of his energy to misleading attacks based on that story.

Here are the facts: I’ve not been contacted in any way by those conducting the investigation and have no knowledge of it beyond what has been reported. From what has been reported, the investigation appears to be looking at a document allegedly prepared for potential investors — something I was not responsible for as chairman.

Republicans have also criticized the company for employing only about 100 people. Of course, that’s about 100 jobs that would not have existed if we had not taken a risk on this company. The company has taken longer to develop than many people expected, including me, but taking a risk on an innovative company is a critical part of the American system, and most business leaders I speak with agree that it’s not uncommon for a company to face challenges meeting its goals. …

…I’d direct you to Guy Benson for more of the shady deets on the so-called green company and to Jim Geraghty over at National Review for a tidy rejoinder to McAuliffe’s op-ed, and merely add that to me it sounds like Team McAuliffe is taking a leaf out of President Obama’s recent playbook. Nutshell version: “Don’t look at me, I’m just the president!”


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The Obama Defense™

PJ Emeritus on August 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Didn’t work for Ken Lay. Shouldn’t work for McAuliffe.

Mitoch55 on August 17, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Alfred E. Neuman.

22044 on August 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

It’s not even a real car. It’s a glorified golf cart with a hard top. Not street legal in these 57 states.

JimK on August 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

The Sgt. Shultz defense in action: “I know nothing!!”

Fred 2 on August 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Nixon tried this.

It didn’t work.

portlandon on August 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Gov. McAauliffe: I’m in charge but I don’t know what’s going on.

iamsaved on August 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

The Obama Defense™

PJ Emeritus on August 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

…he learned from BJ though!

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Duh, that’s the defense of any leftist swine.

Meanwhile, check this out.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Remember when Romney got smeared for things Bain Capital did YEARS AFTER he left?

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

McAuliffe on GreenTech investigation: I don’t know anything, I was just in charge

…like in the movie GodFather II…when the soldier testified on the Corleone Family…is he going to testify…that he had “buffers“?

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 7:34 PM

McAuliffe is taking another leaf out of the Obysmal playbook: “I don’t know anything about it until I read it in the newspaper.”

McAuliffe is a sleazy, self-serving pol.

onlineanalyst on August 17, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Transparency(s) Runneth Amuck!!

canopfor on August 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Whether or not he knew is not the question. He was in charge so that makes him responsible. That’s why you get the big bucks. At some time you may have take the big fall

jaywemm on August 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Republicans have also criticized the company for employing only about 100 people. Of course, that’s about 100 jobs that would not have existed if we had not taken a risk on this company.

But, Obama dismisses the jobs that the Keystone Pipeline would create and won’t exist unless he issues the permit…

In the fourth, and hopefully final, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the State Department writes:

Including direct, indirect, and induced effects, the proposed Project would potentially support approximately 42,100 average annual jobs across the United States over a 1-to 2-year construction period.

He’s using ‘Just the Facts” math where 50 is greater than 42,100.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

He should watch more TV, then he, like the O-dmin, would know what’s going on.

Get FoxNews “punk”, then decide……..

RealMc on August 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Worked for Romney. Why not?

astonerii on August 17, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Sounds like he and Hillary Clinton went to the same school.

TimBuk3 on August 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Meanwhile, the other candidate wants to re-criminalize sodomy….

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Remember when Romney got smeared for things Bain Capital did YEARS AFTER he left?

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Remember how he took no blame for things he was directly in charge of and pleaded an effective 5th?

astonerii on August 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Remember how he took no blame for things he was directly in charge of and pleaded an effective 5th?

astonerii on August 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I’m not defending Romney. I am pointing out the fact that Democrats, including Terry McAuliffe, blamed Romney for things that Bain did AFTER Romney left, but McAuliffe is claiming he isn’t responsible for things that his company did when he was in charge.

The hypocrisy is stunning.

Other than pointing this out, there’s no other reason for me to address you.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Meanwhile, the other candidate wants to re-criminalize sodomy….

libfreeorgan on August 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

…at least he’s compassionate!…he’s thinking of YOUR little…(Bibles version of the donkey)!

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Sounds like McAuliffe had a front row seat in the Obama 101 executive management class.

WestTexasBirdDog on August 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Meanwhile, the other candidate wants to re-criminalize sodomy….

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Defending a crony capitalist just because he’s a Democrat, how typical.

Do you have a computer desktop hoodie?

sentinelrules on August 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Meanwhile, the other candidate wants to re-criminalize sodomy….

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Not all sodomy laws are unconstitutional (Lawrence only struck down sodomy laws that aimed at consenting adults – homosexual and heterosexual. In the case of Virginia, it wouldn’t be unconstitutional. The case had to do with a twice-convicted paedophile, who engaged in sodomy with a child.

But, you go ahead and continue to defend paedophiles…unless, of course, you have a NAMBLA meeting tonight.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

IIRC, charges of statutory rape could not be brought either because one of the girls was too old or the statute of limitations had run. In the case, there was evidence of grooming and the parents wanted the paedophile prosecuted.

Liveenslavedthendie, should the state have just done nothing to this paedophile?

I bet you’re a fanboy of #FreeKate, too.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 8:03 PM

He won’t respond. Just doing his usual hit and run.

Barred on August 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM

2-3 cars per day, 100 workers, 250 working days per year. That’s on man-year per car just for the labor. These things can’t be cheap. Maybe I should say they can’t be inexpensive, they do look cheap.

Fenris on August 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Meanwhile, the other candidate wants to re-criminalize sodomy….

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

You should be. Filthy boy.

Lanceman on August 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

“I don’t know anything, I was just in charge” Sounds like Obama.

MaiDee on August 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Team McAuliffe is taking a leaf out of President Obama’s recent playbook. Nutshell version:

“I didn’t know anything about it until I heard about it in the media!”

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Meanwhile, … sodomy….

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

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Stay on topic, please…

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Stay on topic, please…

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Longer libdie: “Sexual deviancy is something to be proud of. And we’ll shove it down your throats to appease our own consciences whether you like it or not! As long as we have control of ‘education and culture!”

Lanceman on August 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

McAuliffe on GreenTech investigation: I don’t know anything, I was just in charge

Hey, it worked for another Democrat whose company illegally siphoned billions from investor accounts.

One thing you can say for this administration; you pay for protection, you get protection.

GarandFan on August 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

The case had to do with a twice-convicted paedophile, who engaged in sodomy with a child.

No it occurred with a young woman who was above the age of consent in Virginia. But try again.

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

$500,000 +++ per visa sold to the chinese nationals already denied visas twice because of their corrupt ties…where o where did it all the $ go and where did the investors go??

cough it up mcaullife

gracie on August 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

No it occurred with a young woman who was above the age of consent in Virginia. But try again.

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

The age of consent in Virginia is 18. She wasn’t 18 and, IIRC, he was in his 40s or 50s.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

No it occurred with a young woman who was above the age of consent in Virginia. But try again.

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

So lemme get this straight: Woman over the age of consent – adult decisions.

Trayvon Martin – 17 year old ‘child’.

Got it.

Lanceman on August 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

McAuliffe on GreenTech investigation: I don’t know anything, I was just in charge

And the corrupt bastard is getting Hillary Clinton to come into the Commonwealth to campaign for him. The “Butcher of Benghazi” campaigning for the guy who is under investigation for corruption.

And these are the same criminals that are upset that Ken Cuccinelli was the recipient of a turkey dinner from a supporter.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Hey, it worked for another Democrat whose company illegally siphoned billions from investor accounts.

GarandFan on August 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

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I’m still amazed that Corzine was never brought to trial for that looting of client accounts.

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I’m still amazed that Corzine was never brought to trial for that looting of client accounts.

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

he investigated himself and found himself innocent.

gracie on August 17, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Sorta like the Barky / Corzine / Clintoon / Lerner / Clapper / Reno / Nutpolitano / Sebelius /Holder Defense.

In charge of everything but responsible for nothing.

Mayhem, slaughter, treason, grope-age, graft, embezzlement, race hustling, FBI file leaking, Death Panel pimping, anything goes degeneracy.

viking01 on August 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM

I’m sorry that you found out about me screwing the taxpayers. Now give me more power to screw the taxpayers.

jukin3 on August 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM

No way, another liberal who is a corrupt scumbag who has no principles and lies pathologically? I’m shocked.

John the Libertarian on August 18, 2013 at 1:04 AM

This crapweasel reminds me a lot like Eddie Haskell…albeit a tad better looking… smarmy..looking you right in the eye..glad handing you.Lying is in his DNA..he would lie when the truth would do better.

Xango Annie on August 18, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Accountability is for little people.

Galtian on August 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

He stole that excuse from Obama!

easyt65 on August 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Hey, it worked for another Democrat whose company illegally siphoned billions from investor accounts.

One thing you can say for this administration; you pay for protection, you get protection.

GarandFan on August 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

That’s what I was about to post, but you beat me to it and said it better.

Parabellum on August 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

McAuliffe, being almost the last man left on the Hillary Clinton payoff-roll, hardly rates much more than an indictment for common theft and conspiracy. How these crooks manage to stay ahead of the law is amazing, an indictment of a Democrat Justice Department, and an indication that the statutes of limitation are much too forgiving.

However, it is going to take a re-write of the statutes of limitation on crime to get him once an for all.

dockywocky on August 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Meanwhile, the other candidate wants to re-criminalize sodomy….

libfreeordie on August 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

What a surprise.

As long as you push gay sex, you can be as criminal as you want.

Libfreeordie supports and endorses criminal behavior, including securities, visa, and tax fraud, for those who push gay sex.

Gays and lesbians like libfreeordie support and endorse criminals as long as those criminals push gay sex.

Be a man and answer why you support criminals, libfreeordie.

Oh, that’s right, you aren’t a man. You’re an animal, a pathetic child with no control over his sexual lusts, no intellect, and no ability to survive without handouts.

Why should good people pay for or support criminal pigs like you, libfreeordie?

northdallasthirty on August 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM