McAuliffe: VA good enough to be governor, but not for his business?
posted at 11:51 am on December 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
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?