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Yes, McAuliffe, Can?

Rosalind Helderman

First Bill Clinton, now will.I.am.

The Terry McAuliffe camp has announced that musician, actor, Fergie-friend and all-around-cool guy will.I.am will campaign with McAuliffe campaign at a series of events on May 11.

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Singer will.i.am performs at the Neighborhood Inaugural
Ball in Washington on Jan. 20. (AP Photo)

Besides once again adding a sheen of celeb excitement to the campaign, the will.i.am appearances may be designed to innocolate McAuliffe against charges that he was not sufficiently supportive of President Obama, given McAuliffe's role as Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.

will.I.am, after all, was the producer behind the viral celebrity-studded "Yes We Can" video that ripped around the Internet around the time of the Potomac Primary. The video was thought to be particularly inspiring to younger voters. In a statement distributed by the campaign, will.i.am called McAuliffe a "good friend" and his "closest political mentor."

The campaign says the musician will be with McAuliffe first in Portsmouth at 11:15 a.m., details to be announced. That will be followed by appearances at the McAuliffe campaign office in Hampton at 12:45 p.m., the Camel in Richmond at 5 p.m. and the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington at 8.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 4, 2009; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Comments

For a leading GOP's response to this news see Brian Kirwin's post at http://bearingdrift.com/blog/
This is why the GOP is losing election after election.

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I am a republican activist and so frustrated by my party. Unfortunately, the GOP is so out of touch. Instead of seeking to understand and reach out, Republicans scoff as the world passes them by. Sarcasm doesn't win elections. Voters do. Guess what? Most of Virginia voters are in the regions where Will.I.Am will appear. Most of them are young and/or minorities. In addition, most of them saw Will.I.Am star as an X-men this weekend in the country's blockbuster movie. Honestly speaking, how many of the RPV geriatric leaders knew this fact. I venture to say none.

If the Republicans including the McDonnell camp adopts this same attitude, they are destined to get steamrolled again by Obama Part 2.

The world is changing ever so quickly, but the GOP only recently discovered fire. so sad....

Posted by: arlington007 | May 4, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

arlington007

You are so right. Virginia Governor Race 2009 is Obama Part 2. More than anything, McAuliffe is most qualified to pull Virginia out of the recession and only he has published meaningful plans and his approach on how he will grow the economy through renewable energy, improved transportation, affordable health care and education.

Will.I.Am is an inspiration to many and for him to refer to McAuliffe as a "good friend" and his "closest political mentor." is serious endorsement.

I support McAuliffe because he is the best qualified candidate to pull Virginia out of this recession, and I am so grateful for the support from Will.I.Am.

Posted by: alankrishnan | May 4, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

i hope terry wins SOOO bad
check out my Bill Clinton blog
http://adugan-billclintonblog.blogspot.com/

Posted by: duganal | May 4, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

This carpetbagger must be delusional if he thinks he can win the D primary of the commonwealth. You really think NOVA voters are gonna decide this one for the state? You got another think coming.

Posted by: biffgriff | May 4, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Someone is calling Terry McAuliffe a 'carpet bagger'? Hello, get informed! Terry has lived in Virginia for almost 20 years and has raised a family here. The fact that he has worked sucessfully on the national level gives me the confidence that he can bring these same gifts to our great state of Virginia. We need jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Terry has the skills to achieve that!

Posted by: vbteecha99 | May 4, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Please be kinder to those who use the term "carpetbagger". They are either the real or pretender "southern gentry" whose wealth and power are being threatened by the likes of President Obama, Senator Warner, Governor Kaine and soon to be governor McAuliffe.

You need to be kinder because they have been so brainwashed by the "southern gentry" that they can't understand the new progressive Virginia, or they are the "old south" where their bigotry and control is being washed away by those who fervently believe that all have an equal opportunity to seek whatever they can achieve.

Posted by: Willis3 | May 4, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

biffgriff

Now you are calling Brian Moran carpetbagger? When the kettle calls the pot black, that is what happens I guess. All these days the Moran camp called McAuliffe carpetbagger, and now you are calling Moran carpetbagger. Terry McAuliffe does not think he can win the Democratic primary of the Commonwealth. He knows he will, because he knows that NOVA voters alone are not going to decide this race, and that is why he is campaigning as much, or more, in other parts of Virginia as in Norther Virginia itself. And, McAuliffe is not alone in knowing this - Bob McDonnell also knows that he has to compete with McAuliffe, and his campaign is already gearing up for this battle. The GOP knows that McDonnell is no match for McAuliffe, but they have no other candidate and when it was only Moran and Deed in the race, the Republicans were sure they would get the Governor's office - Moran will be easy to beat, and Deeds has already been beaten by McDonnell before, albeit by only 600 votes. But that was not a national race, where as this one is, and the entire GOP machinery (for what it is worth) will descend in Virginia to help McDonnell fight this race.

Posted by: alankrishnan | May 4, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

New Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u62kopfQichttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u62kopfQic

Terry McAuliffe will tell you he had nothing to do with Global Crossing, but as this video shows, he was able to use his access to sell Global Crossing on funding Telergy for $40 million. Terry McAuliffe shared office space with the CEO of Global Crossing, and sat on the Board of Directors for Telergy. McAuliffe made out with $1.2M from Telegy for Securing the Global Crossing loan, and sold his Global crossing stock that he puchased for $100K, for $18M.

Soon after McAuliffe sold out, both Global Crossing and Telergy went bankrupt, with thousands of workers losing their jobs and pensions.

Terry McAuliffe took the combined $20 million and never looked back.

Does Virginia need that type of business leadership in a Governor? Nope.

Posted by: SPMET | May 5, 2009 6:47 AM | Report abuse

SPMET, Google says your video is misformed, but I did get a good ad for the new Mc coffee. Please try a little decaf, take a deep breath, get your facts correct and then talk about Global Crossing. In your current post virtually all of your "facts" are wrong. But then Moran gets all the facts wrong also and continues to pitch his "cool aid" to the unsuspecting.

We have three fine gentlemen running for the Democratic nomination. Each has a strong background. Each has a fine program to move Virginia forward. I believe when one reads Mr. McAuliffe's Business Plan for Virginia they will come away with the belief that Terry is the best candidate.

Posted by: Willis3 | May 5, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

You people are beyond bizarre. Here you have someone who doesn't even live in the Commonwealth, who couldn't care less what goes on here beyond his own VERY partisan political leanings, endorsing a corrupt political hack. Big deal.

This is why all the polls show McAuliffe and Moran getting crushed by McDonnell. When you have the winner of the fight between a corrupt political junkie from an era people have turned the page on, vs the mayor of Springfield from the Simpsons, whoever emerges is bound to get crushed by a solid candidate with good ideas and a great track record of service, results and even working with Democrats to get positive things done.

Posted by: SpotsySteve | May 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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