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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

McAuliffe active in Tuesday special elections

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has recorded a robocall to encourage voters in the 19th senatorial district to back Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Davis (D) in Tuesday's special election.

The former Democratic National Committee chairman and deep-pocketed businessman has made sure to help out candidates for the General Assembly in each election since he was defeated for the Democratic nomination for governor by Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) in June 2009, as he looks to build support around the state in preparation for a likely run for governor again in 2013.

Davis is running against attorney Bill Stanley (R) in the election to replace U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (R), who resigned his senate seat after he was elected to Congress in November.

"I want to support those who join with me in my vision," McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe said he donated the cost of the calls to the Davis campaign. He also gave $1,000 to Democrat Ginger Mumpower, who is running against Republican Greg Habeeb for the House of Delegates in the Salem area. The victor will replace U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, who left the House after he to was elected to Congress.

McAuliffe's check makes him Mumpower's third largest individual donor. McAuliffe was also active in supporting Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) when she ran in a special election for the House last year. And, more recently, he hosted fundraisers for the Farm Team, which encourages the participation of women in politics and Richmond Democrats.

The support helps build McAuliffe a network of loyal Democratic supporters around the state and helps introduce him to voters outside his natural base in Northern Virginia. been traveling the state, meeting Democratic groups. His sophisticated website that includes a map that tracks his frequent appearances.

McAuliffe confirmed that his company remains under consideration by International Paper to take over the company's shuttered plant in Franklin.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 7, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate, Terry McAuliffe  
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"I want to support those who join with me in my vision," McAuliffe said.

Yack! Talk about an ego. And what the hell is his vision? That he is the greatest and wants to be Governor? This guy is a used-car salesman at best and I hope Virginians reject him again.

And honestly, does anyone really think that robocalls from a northern Virginian other than 'His Excellency' will really help candidates below I-64?

Posted by: notjoeabbey | January 7, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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