Democratic Terry McAuliffe has often been referred to by Republicans and Democrats alike as an “opportunistic carpetbagger.” Just what is that?
Northern Virginians are often seen as not being “real Virginians.” Stop laughing. It’s true. I grew up in Charlottesville, therefore I have real Virginian cred which I have almost lost because I have spent my adult live here in Northern Virgina. I have even had people say, “back when you were a Virginian….” Go north of Bull Run and you are doomed. Just doomed.
Unfortunately, this Virginia state of being as also afflicted Terry McAuliffe. Even though the man has lived in Northern Virginia for 2 decades, he is still seen as an opportunistic carpetbagger because he worked D.C. rather than Virginia. Since he was beaten out of the primary for governor by eal Virginian Creigh Deeds, McAuliffe has worked on his Virginia Cred. According the the Examiner:
In December 2009, just months after finishing behind state Sen. Creigh Deeds in the Democratic primary, [McAuliffe] was already meeting with Northern Virginia Democratic business leaders. During the next two years, he was all over the state, from trips in summer of 2010 to Southwest Virginia to tour coal mines and attend the Virginia Chicken Festival, to Arlington in March 2011 for an event with young Democrats.
He also became a major benefactor to Democrats in the run-up to the 2011 General Assembly elections. McAuliffe donated $47,000 to the state party and $64,000 to candidates from around the state and held a fundraiser at his home with President Clinton that netted Senate Democrats $1 million in the days before the election.
It paid off. Even before he officially announced his bid to run in 2013, more than 400 local Democrats pledged support for him in May 2012. And so far no other candidate has emerged to challenge him for the party nomination.
It appears that we here in Northern Virginia are going to have to spend some time getting used to the fact that Terry McAuliffe is a real Virginian and we are going to have to get to know him. I know him as a Clinton campaign manager. This is a good thing but it doesn’t give him Virginia cred. I think what Democrats need to be asking themselves if they would rather give Terry a chance or if they want Ken Cuccinelli as governor? That one question is the reality of the situation.
I plan on getting to know Terry McAuliffe real well, starting today. I want him to be a household word around these parts. Real Virginian? Maybe we need to be asking ourselves if Jersey boy Cuccinelli is a real Virginian. The answer is no more so than Terry McAuliffe.
Cuccinelli scoffs at McAuliffe and chastises him for putting his car business in Mississippi. McAuliffe responded, in general:
“If we want Virginia to be the best place for business,” McAuliffe said, “we need leaders who prioritize economic growth and move beyond the ideological issues that are designed to divide us.”
Well said, Terry, well said. You have my vote.