Terry McAuliffe For Virginia Governor?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Democrats, Virginia

The king of the Democratic hacks just won’t go away?

Seriously, I watch him talk and my skin crawls. The guy is so oily that just reading this story makes me want to go take a shower.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe signed papers Monday signaling a possible run for governor next year in Virginia.

McAuliffe told The Associated Press he set up a campaign committee and will tour Virginia for the next 60 days before making his candidacy certain.

He signed papers setting up his committee after a series of barnstorming campaign appearances across the state on behalf of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

McAuliffe would face two other Democrats already in the governor’s race. State Senator Creigh Deeds narrowly lost the attorney general’s race in 2005, and House Democratic Caucus chairman Brian Moran is also in the race.

By the way, what’s Democrat Tim Kaine going to be doing? Apparently the seat will be open in 2009, but Kaine has only served on term.

I’m sorry, but am I missing something here?

One last thing…the easiest way to turn Virginia red again is by electing a hack like McAuliffe. The guy is good at raising money and that’s it. DO NOT get behind this guy if you want to keep Virginia blue.

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4 Responses to “Terry McAuliffe For Virginia Governor?”

  1. bubbles Says:

    Kaine can’t run for a second term… there’s a one-term limit in Virginia. That’s why McAuliffe is interested.

  2. Doug Mataconis Says:

    bubbles is correct, here in Virginia we are unique in the fact that our Governor — who is relatively weak compared to the state legislature to begin with — is a lame duck from the day they entered office. According to the stories that I’ve been told, it goes back to the early 20th Century when the Byrd machine controlled Democratic politics, and hence politics, in the state. They put the one-term limit in there to (1) be able to”reward” people with the top spot in the state on a regular basis and (2) prevent the Governor from being able to build up a political machine of their own.

    Its archaic, but you’ve got to realize that this is state where the Supreme Court can, and does, rely on precedent going back 150 years or more.

  3. Cy Says:

    Kaine can run in 2013, and should they be so inclined, Govs. Wilder, Gilmore, Warner, Allen, etc could all run in 2009.

    (It’s really a no-consecutive-term rule, not a term limit.)

  4. mike mcEachran Says:

    Did McAuliff earn his chairmanship by buying it? I agree, he’s oily as hell, and smacks of the Clinton days, i.e., the past. Ugh is right.

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