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Bad Blood Between McAuliffe and Plotkin?

If there was any strategy at play when Terry McAuliffe jabbed at Mark Plotkin over a bit of ancient history during an interview earlier this year, it didn't seem to have worked.

Anyone wondering why Plotkin slammed McAuliffe on drive time radio this morning -- urging voters to support any other candidate but him -- may benefit from a little of the back story.

McAuliffe showed up late for his February appearance on WTOP's The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin, then proceeded to rib the pugnacious Washington political commentator over some old business from the candidate's years as a banker. You can listen to the exchange by clicking the image below:

AUDIO | McAuliffe Says He Declined Radio Host's Bank Loan

McAuliffe became chairman of Federal City National Bank back in 1988, and joked on the air about declining to give Plotkin a loan.

"You're just mad I turned you down for your bank loan 20 years ago. Turned him down -- he's still mad at me. And it was the right thing to do," McAuliffe sniped.

Plotkin didn't respond at the time.

But the barbs have been flowing ever since. Last week, Plotkin called McAuliffe "all hat and no cattle," even as he pushed for McAuliffe to come back on his show. Then in another commentary today, Plotkin said McAuliffe was unqualified to be governor.

In an interview last week, Plotkin said there was no bad blood.

"Absolutely not," he said. "It's one thing to have a strong opinion of someone, and another to have bad blood. What does bad blood mean?"

Plotkin wouldn't talk about the loan request, or why he thought McAuliffe would dredge the matter up years later. In any case, Plotkin said he's an "equal opportunity offender" when it comes to grilling candidates.

"You should listen to the Deeds interview? He was sputtering. I don't see any difference," Plotkin said. Moran is due to "get the same treatment. They are grown-ups. They can take it. It they're trying to be the governor of Virginia they shouldn't be worried about me."

When asked about Plotkin's commentary this morning, a McAuliffe spokeswoman did not call any attention to the history between the two men, instead opting to tout the candidate's history creating jobs.

By Michael Laris  |  May 28, 2009; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe  
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Let's see, 20 years later Terry McAuliffe is a most successful businessman and public servant. He's running for governor with a detailed 130 page Business Plan for Virginia that includes plans and a strategy for implementation. The plans are interlocking and directed toward continuing to improve Virginia especially in the area of good jobs with good benefits and good wages.

Then there is Plotkin. What's he done in the past 20 years of any significance. Nothing that I know of. He's on the radio, a medium which is slowly going the way of the dinosaur. Did Plotkin graduate to another more popular medium? No. I wonder whether he is qualified for a loan today. Plotkin is not ready for prime time. No wonder he holds a grudge.

If we work this election based on the issues and the needs of Virginians, then Terry McAuliffe will win in a landslide.

Posted by: Willis3 | May 28, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Yet if Terry McAuliffe is such a successful businessman, you would think he wouldn't feel the need to pull up a detail of Mark Plotkin's financial past from 20 yrs ago.

Gosh, I hope my banker will keep my personal finances private. (Maybe T-Mac Daddy didn't break the law there, but it surely was unprofessional. But of course, remember who we are talking about.)

Posted by: fakevirginia | May 29, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

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