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McAuliffe Goes on the Air

Tim Craig

Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate for governor, released today the first television ad of the 2009 governor's race. The 30-second spot will air in Hampton Roads, which will be a crucial battleground in this year's campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Mo Elleithee, a McAuliffe strategist, said the campaign has purchased a "healthy" ad buy that will be followed up in the coming weeks with additional ads that will air in other parts of the state.

"I've spent four decades building businesses and creating jobs," McAuliffe says in the ad. "Now, I'm running for Governor because I know we can create thousands more right here. I'll make it my job to protect your job - and get Virginia's economy moving."

Earlier this month, McAuliffe aired a radio ad aimed at African-Americans in Norfolk and Richmond. The spot may have been the earliest that any candidate for governor in Virginia had started a paid media campaign.

Mike Henry, McAuliffe's campaign manager, noted the June 9 Democratic primary is only four months away.

"We are going to have an open dialogue on key issues that involve the economy throughout this campaign," Henry said.

McAuliffe's decision to begin the advertising war suggests he has continued to raise money at a brisk clip since the start of the year. As of Dec. 31, the end of the last finance reporting period, McAuliffe had about $750,000 in the bank. Last week, McAuliffe held a fundaiser in New York City.

By Tim Craig  |  January 26, 2009; 9:34 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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After Virginia’s (and especially NoVa’s) recent experience with Illegal supporter Connolly and Mr. Back-Office No-Bid Kaine, I think most of us would rather eat our own puke than vote in another set of folks who continue to ignore VA Citizens wishes.

These two gentlemen (if you dare call them that), Kaine and Connolly, have utterly destroyed VA’s finances and projects in order to further not only their political aspirations, but also their pocketbooks.

These two are some of the most blatantly corrupt politicians I have ever seen elected in VA… All because most in the area are “Too Busy” to research things on their own. They instead, rely on MSM and WaPo subscriptions to “inform” them on things…. Which is why Kaine and Connolly were subsequently elected to begin with.

When MSM and newspapers don’t print all sides of a story… or when they fail to report a story at all because it has something about using out tax money to support illegals or benefits for them or other important things, you end up with lemmings going out to vote for the only thing they know…. Whoever MSM supports.

Most everyone I know (including all those who voted for Obama) will NOT be voting for this guy… They are also NOT voting for the democrat in the upcoming FFX special election… Instead they are voting for Herrity, a REPUBLICAN because unlike most in this area… they took the time to research how poorly the democrats represented us during their tenure.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. May their political careers go the way of Blagovitch

Posted by: indep2 | January 26, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Whoever you vote for in 2009 -- whether it be the Republican McDonnell or Dems Deeds or Moran, please make sure of one thing: Let's make sure all Virginians of all political stripes band together to show this carpetbagger McAuliffe the door. Political persuasions aside, all the other candidates for the governor have spent their careers here in Virginia -- not running around the country as "Billary" apologists. McAuliffe neither knows this state nor does he appreciate it; this is simply something to do to kill time until another Clinton or Clinton ally needs his services. His past endeavors ensure he will be, if permitted to run the commonwqealth, beholden to lobbyists of all types. And like the Clintons, McAuliffe is a divisive and bitter partisan who rejects ideas Virginians have embraced: cooperation and conciliation. Keep Virginia free from the Clinton stench -- support ANYONE but McAuliffe!!!

Posted by: outsider6 | January 26, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Deeds, Moran, and McDonnell have all been part of the problem that has kept Virginia in the backwater of ecomomic development and political bi-partisanship for many years. McAuliffe has been a Virginia resident for more than 10 years. He knows how to create jobs and has the president's ear. Virgina is now a blue state. Some people just need to deal with that.

Posted by: Jasper5 | January 26, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Jasper -- don't let Obama's narrow victory in Virginia fool you. Virginia is decidedly NOT a blue state... it's purple at best. You need to deal with that. Fairfax, Loudon, and PW counties are blue, to be sure. But the rest of the state is quite red and decidedly anti-Clinton. We know a carpetbagger and a snake oil salesman when we see one. McAuliffe is about as committed to Virginia and her needs as a used car salesman is to his clients. I agree that there's too much petty partisanship in Richmond but you can't fault our government on economic development -- unemployment today stands at 4.8% in VA during the worst economy in almost 100 years. That's a credit to Gilmore, Warner, Kaine and a legislature that, flawed though it may be, has brought some of the country's biggest companies into the commonwealth: AOL, Oracle, Microsoft, Gartner, CarMax, and Booz-Allen.. to name a few. They worked with MD to fix the Wilson Bridge, improved the Mixing Bowl, and brought new government jobs from around the beltway into Ft. Belvoir. Bottom line: let Terry McAuliffe go conquer someone else's state in the name of acrimony and division. We've already got more than our fair share without importing it from Clinton country.

Posted by: outsider6 | January 26, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

With all due fairness, outsider6, I think Jasper made the observation about VA being a blue state due to the fact that we've had 2 back-to-back Democratic governors, currently have 2 Democratic Senators, and gave the Commonwealth to a Democratic candidate for President for the first time in 44 may be the palest of pale blues, but Virginia IS a blue state now.

That being said, I agree with all sentiments about McAuliffe being a carpetbagger. I have lived in VA all my life and want someone in office who knows this state like I do. There are plenty of other viable Democratic candidates besides McAuliffe. He needs to head over to Foggy Bottom and join Hillary's carpetbagging club--SAY NO TO MCAULIFFE!

Posted by: GenerationYforChange | January 26, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

jasper5 said Virginia's the "backwater of economic development." You obviously don't know what you're talking about.

Back to the topic at hand, can someone explain to me McAuliffe's business experience? His wiki page provided no answers.

For the record, McDonnell has this locked up unless he drops an n-bomb on youtube.

Posted by: millionea7 | January 26, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Deeds, Moran, and McDonnell have all been part of the problem that has kept Virginia in the backwater of ecomomic development and political bi-partisanship for many years. McAuliffe has been a Virginia resident for more than 10 years. He knows how to create jobs and has the president's ear. Virgina is now a blue state. Some people just need to deal with that.

And pray tell what types of relationships has McAuliffe been fostering with the State's GOP leadership for "more than 10 years?" How is he better suited than Moran and Deeds to deal with the GOP majority? Remember, while McAuliffe gulfstreams his way around our Commonwealth, Moran and Deeds have been driving their own cars on the crumbling Virginia highways and state routes.

McAuliffe is certainly a better businessman than Moran or Deeds, but since when is that a requirement for the office? Face it, McAuliffe is using our Commonwealth as a stepping stone on his way to bigger and brighter things. I can only hope he is as successful as he was running the DNC...(sarcasm off).

Posted by: lingering_lead | January 26, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Pretty bitter stuff about McAuliffe (and it is the height of cheek for him to go begging for black votes after opposing Obama in the primaries and beating back Maynard Jackson's bid to be DNC Chair).

He must have made a LOT of money. Well, it will be entertaining to watch another Clintonista lose.

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 26, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all the hatorade for Terry McAuliffe coming on strong here. Interesting.

Deeds and Moran are small time. I don't think either one will win against McDonnell in a general election come November. Republicans are targeting VA because it is a recently turned blue state. We need someone who will be able to handle the fundraising pressures of such a nationally focused race. And yes, much of the nation IS focusing on this race.

Now, McAuliffe has lived in the VA area for over 20 years actually, not 10. I don't discredit him for assisting with one of the most successful presidents in recent history or for innovating the Democratic Party on all levels. IF you don't think he did, please do a fact check. He's created business in VA as well as sent his kids to school here, paid income and property taxes as well.

Once again, am I missing the blood oath required to run for governor here in VA? If so, when did Moran take one? He and McAuliffe have been in VA about the same amount of time. For those a little foggy on their history, Brian Moran is from a little state up north called Massachusetts. He didn't show up here until the early nineties.

I hardly think if one has lived here for over 20 years (as McAuliffe has) - is he/she defined as a carpetbagger. I am pretty sure we need to consult the dictionary on that one.

Posted by: UVANick | January 27, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

UVANick: Get a grip, no one is saying McAuliffe shouldn't be able to run, just that he shouldn't win the nomination. Yes, he's lived here for 20 years, in which time he has shown zero interest in anything about the state other than campaigns he was working on. That's what makes him a political carpetbagger (or perhaps you'd prefer the term opportunist.)

Your argument seems to be that he can raise lots of money. No one disputes that. But the first qualification for governor should be a record of working for and with Virginians, before we consider the ability to get elected. If Moran and Deeds are "small time" because they've been focused on Virginia instead of being "nationally focused" while happening to reside here, give me "small time" any day.

(In addition, you should know that blustering about "haters" is no substitute for actually having an argument.)

Posted by: jimeh | January 27, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, your definition of carpetbagger is not the correct definition. If you want to use the term opportunist - aren't all politicians seeking higher office opportunists?

My only argument isn't about him being able to raise money. I think McAuliffe brings a national perspective and fresh ideas and is not tied down by the Richmond rut. His term as DNC Chair spoke volumes, as his decades of service for Democratic candidates all across the country (including supporting Gov. Kaine's candidacy in 2005!!!!).

I don't think one has to have been focused on VA politics for the last xx amount of years to be an effective governor. I guess if that argument was made effectively during the presidential campaign - our current president would not have been nominated.

Posted by: UVANick | January 28, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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