Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Terry McAuliffe on GreenTech investigation: I donít know anything, I was just in charge
Hotair ^ | 08/18/2013 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 08/18/2013 9:23:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

It seems that the Republican camp’s hits on Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and his oversight of GreenTech Automotive, currently under an SEC investigation, are at least hitting the target to some degree. Earlier this week, the Washington Post editors posed a rather uncomfortable question or two for the Democrat, who resigned as the barely-productive company’s chairman just last December and remains the largest shareholder.

In answer, McAuliffe wrote a piece for Friday afternoon — ahem — that took some rather interesting positions on his fiduciary responsibilities as the erstwhile leader of the company. For instance: You might think that the chairman of a fledgling company would have not merely the personal desire but the professional responsibility to review the content of promissory notes — but you’d be wrong.

Two weeks ago, I first learned from The Post about documents that Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R- Iowa) obtained showing that the Securities and Exchange Commission recently started an inquiry into GreenTech, where I previously served as chairman. My opponent in the Virgina governor’s race, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, has since devoted much of his energy to misleading attacks based on that story.

Here are the facts: I’ve not been contacted in any way by those conducting the investigation and have no knowledge of it beyond what has been reported. From what has been reported, the investigation appears to be looking at a document allegedly prepared for potential investors — something I was not responsible for as chairman.

Republicans have also criticized the company for employing only about 100 people. Of course, that’s about 100 jobs that would not have existed if we had not taken a risk on this company. The company has taken longer to develop than many people expected, including me, but taking a risk on an innovative company is a critical part of the American system, and most business leaders I speak with agree that it’s not uncommon for a company to face challenges meeting its goals. …

…I’d direct you to Guy Benson for more of the shady deets on the so-called green company and to Jim Geraghty over at National Review for a tidy rejoinder to McAuliffe’s op-ed, and merely add that to me it sounds like Team McAuliffe is taking a leaf out of President Obama’s recent playbook. Nutshell version: “Don’t look at me, I’m just the president!”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: charlesgrassley; greentech; guybenson; iowa; jimgeraghty; kencuccinelli; terrymcauliffe; virginia

1 posted on 08/18/2013 9:23:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
...the Washington Post editors posed a rather uncomfortable question or two for the Democrat...

Wow! That took courage!

2 posted on 08/18/2013 9:25:25 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
Republicans have also criticized the company for employing only about 100 people.

Does anyone know if this is at all true - or did he pull it out of his...asspirations as a deflection? ;-)

3 posted on 08/18/2013 9:43:00 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Standing Wolf

Yeah... one or even TWO whole questions ! (As opposed to the usual gang-rape of Republicans and their underage family members)


4 posted on 08/18/2013 9:51:33 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

That “defense” did not work out well for Ken Lay at Enron


5 posted on 08/18/2013 9:57:44 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Typical demon-rat response: I know nothing!


6 posted on 08/18/2013 10:07:22 AM PDT by Temujinshordes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

An idea of how he’d be a governor.


7 posted on 08/18/2013 10:16:45 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Temujinshordes
Typical demon-rat response: I know nothing!

Doesn't this buffoon advertise himself as one of the best and brightest?

8 posted on 08/18/2013 10:41:49 AM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: rockrr

“Does anyone know if this is at all true - or did he pull it out of his...asspirations as a deflection?”

He also promised to employ a thousand people at his Mississippi auto plant and make more cars than the nearby Nissan plant by 2014 He took a $3 million loan to build the plant, and I don’t think he’s dug a spade-full of dirt yet.


9 posted on 08/18/2013 10:41:55 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Temujinshordes
Typical demon-rat response: I know nothing!

Doesn't this buffoon advertise himself as one of the best and brightest?

10 posted on 08/18/2013 10:42:13 AM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj
Democrats are Law-Less

Republicans are Ball-Less

11 posted on 08/18/2013 10:53:34 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj
Democrats are Law-Less

Republicans are Ball-Less

12 posted on 08/18/2013 10:53:42 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
they had unused (sow's) teat available.. I was "encouraged"..driven to partake?..
*crying*
"I really couldn't help myself"

*/crying*
and besides; everybody (in the Establishment Party) else does it; why not me.

13 posted on 08/18/2013 11:15:16 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Kinda like your walking away from the Global Crossing fiasco with a cool 100 mil based on insider info while the rest of us took a major bath.

Yeah, like that!!


14 posted on 08/18/2013 11:23:05 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (¬ďTo learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.¬Ē- Voltaire)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

So apparently McAuliffe is going with the Sergeant Schultz defense (also known as the Jon Corzine or anti-Nuremberg defense.)


15 posted on 08/18/2013 11:36:10 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson