McAuliffe works to burnish local Democratic party credentials in Va.
A bit more evidence that former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and national party chairman Terry McAuliffe intends to remain deeply engaged in Virginia politics, perhaps with an eye to another run for office: McAuliffe campaign alums organized their own effort on behalf of newly elected Democratic Del. Eilleen Filler-Corn (Fairfax), making sure anyone who wondered knew of their ties to McAuliffe.
McAuliffe himself worked on Filler-Corn's behalf, hosting a fundraiser for her at his McLean home that was attended by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D).
We learn now that three former McAuliffe staffers also organized something they called "Team Terry Grassroots Stimulus Project," encouraging other veterans of his campaign to organize for Filler-Corn. They report filling 24 volunteer shifts and knocking on 1,500 doors for the delegate.
McAuliffe has denied any of his recent work in Virginia--for instance, his bid to buy the closing International Paper plant in Franklin--is an attempt to lay the groundwork for another run at the governor's mansion.
But it seems each week brings new evidence that he is hewing closely to a strategy pursued by Warner after his own unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in 1996. Afterward, Warner spent years making ties in the business community and building more relationships within the local party structure.
It worked for Warner, who was elected governor in 2001. Can it work for McAuliffe too?
March 4, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe
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