Cuccinelli on McAuliffe’s GreenTech defense: It was a good try, but… no

posted at 6:41 pm on August 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Last Friday, the Virginia gubernatorial race’s Democratic candidate offered a rather eyebrow-raisingly weak defense of GreenTech — which, under his chairmanship, was ostensibly supposed to become a successful Virginia job-creating green-car startup company… but has actually only hired about 100 people, produced a few hundred cars in Mississippi, looks an awful lot like a visa mill for rich foreign investors, and is currently the subject of an SEC investigation.

Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was not impressed, and offered a rejoinder to McAuliffe’s evidence-thin article at National Review on Monday:

First off, what was most revealing about the piece was not what it said, but what it didn’t say. Nowhere in the op-ed, for instance, did McAuliffe explain statements by multiple former GreenTech employees – expressed to numerous publications including The Washington Post – that they were instructed to pretend to assemble vehicles when foreign investors toured the Horn Lake plant. If true, and if those investors relied on what they saw in deciding to invest, then that would be classic fraud.

What role did then–GreenTech chairman Terry McAuliffe have in those employees’ being told to pretend to assemble cars? He conveniently skipped over this subject in his op-ed.

And while McAuliffe continues to refuse to answer questions, GreenTech has once again denied media requests to tour the plant — this despite McAuliffe’s claims he is proud of the company. In reality, McAuliffe’s refusal to stand up and answer questions is a clear admission he believes the claims made by both executives and employees against GreenTech’s business practices developed and executed under his chairmanship can’t be defended outside highly scripted settings and sheltered fora. …

I don’t know how closely Virginia voters are paying attention to the campaign at this level of detail — the polls are still coming up pretty much tied and we’re still waiting for Virginians to get really engaged with the ten or so weeks left until the election — but GreenTech is certainly not turning into the winning talking point they might have once hoped.  …Which is probably why the McAuliffe camp is right back to hitting hard on the “extremist conservative,” “war on women”-ish tack again today. Ugh (via the Weekly Standard):

If Akin and Mourdock were foot soldiers in the war on women’s health, Ken Cuccinelli is one of its leaders. He’s only running neck-and-neck with Terry because lots of Virginia voters don’t know about his record.

Todd Akin outed his extreme beliefs when he said “legitimate rape,” but Cuccinelli probably won’t in such a public fashion. That’s why we need your help now more than ever.

Help us get out the word that Ken Cuccinelli would be as dangerous for Virginia as Todd Akin was for Missouri by making a $5 donation now.

It’s undeniable: Akin and Cuccinelli are two peas in a pod.

They both support Personhood bills that would ban many common forms of birth control, including the pill.

While Cuccinelli might be a good enough politician not to say something as abhorrent as “legitimate rape,” he believes that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape and incest — just like Todd Akin. Cuccinelli proudly called himself, “the most aggressive pro-life leader in the Virginia Senate.”

And the cherry on top of their extreme sundae: they both tried to defund Planned Parenthood.


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Shorter McAuliffe: “squirrel!”

rbj on August 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Whose Todd Akin?

rob verdi on August 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Wonder who he takes advice from.

Bmore on August 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Which is probably why the McAuliffe camp is right back to hitting hard on the “extremist conservative,” “war on women”-ish tack again today. Ugh (via the Weekly Standard):

All McAuliffe has are those vile hags who are safer than safe when it comes to “choice” (not even with double beer goggles). And, of course, an unreported turkey dinner.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I have never, ever seen how being pro-life is an extreme position. Being pro-death is the extreme position to the max.

BetseyRoss on August 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM

GreenTech stole the Boiler Room scene…

Odie1941 on August 19, 2013 at 7:27 PM

While Cuccinelli might be a good enough politician not to say something as abhorrent as “legitimate rape,” he believes that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape and incest — just like Todd Akin. Cuccinelli proudly called himself, “the most aggressive pro-life leader in the Virginia Senate.”

My opponent may have never said anything objectionable, but he’s thinking it!!!

Even for the left, that’s a mighty thin argument.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

What puzzles me is the fact that ANYONE would vote for members of a party, easily described as an organized criminal syndicate, whose members are so crass, vulgar, and mendacious that they literally know no bottom to which they will and do not sink. The modern day democrat party is so morally repellent, so ethically bereft, so beholden to their own extremist notions that they happily soil every bit of earth and air around them with the incontinent waste of their souls’ corruption. They have zero regard for anyone or anything other than their own self aggrandizement; and are perfectly comfortable turning the entire nation into Detroit as long as they are the ones collecting the taxes and making the rules. It’s very frightening that this country has sunk so low that a modern day democrat could attain high office.

SteveThomas on August 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM

SteveThomas on August 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM

But see, the Democrats say the same about the Republican party.

Read the Common Core piece today in the NYT and all the comments were how the Republicans wanted to keep people poor and dumb. The only way they could win.

I know, I know. That is the democrat party to a tee, but they will only see what they want to see.

Barred on August 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

What puzzles me is the fact that ANYONE would vote for members of a party, easily described as an organized criminal syndicate, whose members are so crass, vulgar, and mendacious that they literally know no bottom to which they will and do not sink. The modern day democrat party is so morally repellent, so ethically bereft, so beholden to their own extremist notions that they happily soil every bit of earth and air around them with the incontinent waste of their souls’ corruption. They have zero regard for anyone or anything other than their own self aggrandizement; and are perfectly comfortable turning the entire nation into Detroit as long as they are the ones collecting the taxes and making the rules. It’s very frightening that this country has sunk so low that a modern day democrat could attain high office.

SteveThomas on August 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM

organized crime syndicate, paid for with our money. .

rob verdi on August 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

What puzzles me is the fact that ANYONE would vote for members of a party, easily described as an organized criminal syndicate, whose members are so crass, vulgar, and mendacious that they literally know no bottom to which they will and do not sink. The modern day democrat party is so morally repellent, so ethically bereft, so beholden to their own extremist notions that they happily soil every bit of earth and air around them with the incontinent waste of their souls’ corruption. They have zero regard for anyone or anything other than their own self aggrandizement; and are perfectly comfortable turning the entire nation into Detroit as long as they are the ones collecting the taxes and making the rules. It’s very frightening that this country has sunk so low that a modern day democrat could attain high office.

SteveThomas on August 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Honestly, I’d like to frame that description. Well done Sir, well done indeed.

Tim Zank on August 19, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Terry McAuliffe now using the Hillary Clinton defense about the Green Tech Investigation: “At this point, what difference does it make?”

bobnox on August 19, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Awesome ad just aired showing documents why VA decided to opt out of allowing GreenTech to set up shop in the Commonwealth (under a Dem governor). The term visa scheme was used.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

The modern day democrat party is so morally repellent, so ethically bereft, so beholden to their own extremist notions that they happily soil every bit of earth and air around them with the incontinent waste of their souls’ corruption.

I have to say that is one heck of a sentence and, sadly, all too true.

As to the Cuccinelli, McAuliffe race, I can’t believe that it’s even close!

Angineer on August 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

As the chairman of GreenTech (a car company is it?) can Terry McAuliffe tell me what a ‘constant velocity joint’ is?
No? Didn’t think so.
Guess he doesn’t know much about cars … kinda like Obowmao and economics.

Missilengr on August 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM