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McAuliffe: VA good enough to be governor, but not for his business?

posted at 11:51 am on December 7, 2012 by

Democrats have begun clearing the field for former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe to run for governor in Virginia next year, but he may have to explain why he’s not running for the job in Mississippi. That’s where McAuliffe put his money when he opened a car-manufacturing plant — apparently bypassing the Old Dominion because he wouldn’t get government cash there:

Yesterday we outlined at lengthTerry McAuliffe‘s explanation as to why he chose to open a manufacturing plant for his Green Car company in Mississippi instead of here in Virginia. The plant opened to great fanfare in July and was helping to establish McAuliffe’s credentials as a businessman willing to invest in green technology as a long term economic solution.

But for McAuliffe, who purchased the Chinese company shortly after losing the democratic primary for governor in 2009, the fact that the plant and it’s potential one thousand jobs ended up in Mississippi was a mystery. Especially because McAuliffe never really stopped running for governor. He touted this week that he has attended some 2,400 political events in Virginia over the past four years.

On Wednesday McAuliffe claimed that the reason he went to the deep south instead of the Commonwealth was because the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) passed on his company’s incentive application.

“VEDP decided they didn’t want to bid on it,” he said.

According to a spokeswoman from VEDP, the agency never officially was given the opportunity to bid or not bid on his project.

“We did not receive enough information to respond to GreenTech’s business proposal that was received in 2009,” said Suzane West, the Communications Manager for VEDP.

Democrats certainly talked a lot about “outsourcing” in 2012 (when they really meant “offshoring”).  How much do you think Virginia Democrats will want to talk about it in 2013 with McAuliffe as their nominee?

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What is the basis for his run in the first place? That he ran the DNC?

And this won’t hurt him, because the media will be too busy destroying Cuccinelli to pay it much mind when it matters.

changer1701 on December 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hopefully my fellow Virginians will come to their senses again…McAuliffe will have a lot of explaining when he decided to create jobs in MS instead of VA.

22044 on December 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I’m guessing, without knowning, that his “green” company has some funding from the current administration . . . that is how they pay for all of this isn’t it? IMHO, Terry is nothing more than a two-faced, power-mongerer who is NOT at all interested in problem solving.

I would say “Let him run for the governor of Mississippi,” but I really don’t wish that upon them.

EdmundBurke247 on December 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

What does the UAW think of his auto plant?

Tim Zank on December 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

“We did not receive enough information to respond to GreenTech’s business proposal that was received in 2009,” said Suzane West, the Communications Manager for VEDP.

note that Democratic governor Tim Kaine and his vEDP ran the state until 2010.

the drill sgt on December 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

He sounds like a “rich” person! Cancel his incentive package and tax him at 90%!

VikingGoneWild on December 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Ken is really, really sharp and is going to slam Terry. It’s going to be good. 🙂

Punchenko on December 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

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