Skip to comments.McAuliffe on defensive as Cuccinelli gets a boost
Posted on 09/19/2013 5:46:33 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
McAuliffe on defensive as Cuccinelli gets a boost
By Laura Vozzella, Published: September 18 E-mail the writer
RICHMOND Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he knew nothing about a failed effort by his supporters to wrest an important business endorsement from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, his Republican rival in the governors race.
McAuliffe also dismissed accounts that he had flubbed his interview for that endorsement by touting his ability to schmooze. And he backed off a campaign pledge that Republicans said amounted to a threat to shut down the government over Medicaid.
McAuliffe made those comments on a morning that began with a new Quinnipiac University poll showing the pair in a virtual tie. Talking with reporters after a Richmond forum on the economy and education, McAuliffe was on the defensive on a number of issues even as he projected an air of confidence.
Im not paying attention to polls, he said. I feel great about where we are.
Cuccinelli, who also spoke at the forum, relished a seeming change in fortune, beginning with revelations over the weekend that McAuliffe supporters had tried to pressure the Northern Virginia Technology Councils political arm to reverse its plan to endorse Cuccinelli.
I think we have a lot of momentum, especially this week after the NVTC endorsement and how the other side handled it, Cuccinelli said.
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<><> FR POSTED September 13, 2013 6:38:28 AM by markomalley
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe made a campaign promise yesterday to exempt existing abortion clinics from having to comply with state health and safety standards. Recently, a number of clinics in the state were closed after they failed to live up to state standards.
Last year, according to Women Speak Out, more than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities. But that doesn't seem to stop McAuliffe from defending them. This clearly shows his concern is for the well being of the abortion industry and not women.
Here's what he said: "I can do what I talked about, issue a guidance opinion by March to keep the remaining health centers open. I can do that myself as Governor. That's why I said I'll do that by March to keep the remaining, uh, Norfolk is closed. Fairfax is closed, or closing, so there will be 18 left. Only one of those 18 actually meet the, the requirements so they'll all close if I don't do that. But I will issue what's called a guidance opinion by mid-March which will say that these regulations, I have, the General Assembly wasn't definitive with the Board of Health as to the rules, I can give a guidance opinion to the Board of Health to grandfather in those remaining clinics to keep them open. That's why this election is so important, and I will do that."
8/2/13--WASH/TIMES---SEC investigating company co-founded by Terry McAuliffe / By David Sherfinski
The SEC is investigating the green car company founded by Va gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over concerns that it allegedly guaranteed returns for its investors.The SEC has subpoenaed bank records of GreenTechs funding arm, the McLean-based financing company Gulf Coast Funds Management, LLC.
Documents attached to a July 31 letter from Sen. Charles E. Grassley also raise more questions on the extent of the interaction between officials at the two companies and Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in DHS.
DHS is investigating whether Mr. Mayorkas assisted in approving an investor visa application submitted by Gulf Coast, even after the application was denied and an appeal was rejected.
Mr. Mayorkas, Obamas pick to be the next No. 2 at DHS, testified last week that the extent of his interaction with Mr. McAuliffe was one meeting in which he heard his complaints about investor visas being held up.
Mr. Grassley said it went further than that.Contrary to the impression left by your answer, documents indicate that both before and after that meeting, you actually engaged in nearly a dozen contacts with Gulf Coast Funds Management between 2010 and 2013, including direct communications with Gulf Coasts attorneys, the Iowa Republican wrote to Mr. Mayorkas. That one meeting with Mr. McAuliffe was clearly not the extent of your interaction on that matter.
Officials at the two companies and did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. A spokesman for the McAuliffe campaign noted that Mr. McAuliffe left GreenTech in 2012 and that he has no knowledge of any investigation. News of the SEC investigation was first reported Friday by The Wash/Post.
The documents include forwarded e-mails from Mr. McAuliffe to Douglas Smith, an official in DHSs office of the Private Sector, that were forwarded to Mr. Mayorkas and an e-mail from Mr. Mayorkas himself saying that face-to-face meetings for particular cases are not appropriate.As the Director of this Agency, I do not adjudicate cases and am not the proper audience for a telephone call or a meeting about a particular case, he wrote to Gulf Coasts general counsel earlier this year. I will forward your e-mail to the appropriate individual in the Agency.
USCIS handles cases involved in the EB-5 program, where foreign investors put up between $500,000 and $1 million for American companies in exchange for legal status.
Govt attorneys wrote that such a meeting would violate the Administrative Procedures Act. I think it also raises an impartiality issue if we entertain pre-decisional meetings of this sort with particular applicants and petitioners, USCISs Ethics Officer wrote. It is not a concern to have meetings with particular industries, trade groups, bar associations, etc., on systemic issues that are not case specific, so long as we are willing to meet with all.
Gulf Coast is run by Anthony Rodham, the brother of former Secy of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and is the finance arm of GreenTech Automotive Inc. Mr. McAuliffe founded GreenTech in 2009 and quietly stepped down as chairman in Dec a fact only revealed in April in response to an inquiry from a Politico reporter.
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<><> Wall to wall coverage about an $18K gift to Cuccinelli, but this corrupt scumbag carpetbagger McAuful has skimmed tens of millions of dollars from corrupt deal after corrupt deal (Global Crossing is just the start) and not a peep from the press.
This is a good sign.
I hope the carper-bagging bastard is 20 points behind by election day.
From WIKI:Crony capitalism is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of dirigisme. Crony capitalism is believed to arise when political cronyism spills over into the business world; self-serving friendships and family ties between businessmen and the government influence the economy and society to the extent that it corrupts public-serving economic and political ideals.
When one is a demon like old terry here... every now and then that damned forked tail slips out for all to see.
They both stink but I really hope Cicco wins. For no other reason than to have a “big” win for the Republicans going into 2014. I am just worried that if the Democrats win this Governorship then they will have the momentum. Besides Virginia always votes for the party not in the White House. In 2018 after having Santorum/Bachmann in the White House for a year, then Virginia can have their Dem Gov. Until then, no!
I will never forget this slimy prick.
With insider info, he invested less than $100K and as a "friend of the company" got an immediate return of over $20 MILLION while my dumb-ass broker got me in just before Global Crossing tanked and I lost $80,000, not the end of the world, but a tidy sum.
Every time I see slimy terry, I think of my fired broker and how much money I made by switching to a guy that knows what he is doing.
Terry Mac's head rests on hillary's thighs... Now there's a mental picture that will haunt all day long.
If I have to listen to that piece of crap's nasal whine for four years, I'll go insane. Cuccinelli needs to use this advantage and continue to hit hard, hard, hard, all the way up until November.
Well, no. They both do not.
Great reporting, Liz!
Kind of like Hillary’s “cattle futures”....
And you know/Bill/Hill, McA***ole, and the rest were colluding and conspiring——they all got a cut of the deal.
Maybe even your loser broker got paid-off.
The Wall St boys know how to make money disappear faster than a cream puff at a Weight Watchers weigh-in
As former actor, now investment guru, RICHARD NEY said—
“Hidden behind the facade of pompous jargon and noble affections, there is more sheer larceny per square foot on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange than any place else in the world.”
Oh wow. Sorry another Cuccinelli fangirl. Sorry again. Those big time Republican government lovers are sure coming out in force.
Not quite. I'm not into hero worship of politicians. I do, however, know that Cuccinelli doesn't warrant being lumped into the "stink" category with McAuliffe.
Interesting that you used the term fangirl, though, in light of the posts I've seen from you gushing over Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian.
This is rather funny. I think that McAuliffe is in a self inflicted crunch, because while he says he wants smart people in Virginia, Virginia is already smart people heavy; but at the same time his campaign style is directed at the troglodyte vote. “Fire baaaaaad!” is his campaign slogan.
Smart people actually recognize and appreciate the number crunching and details that Cuccinelli is using. More and more they will want a “thinking” candidate instead of a “feeling” candidate short on ideas.
There is also likely a LOT of bleed-over from North Carolina, whose Republican government is going gangbusters. “Working wonders and eating cucumbers”, is a silly way of putting it. They are reversing 150 years of Democrat government there, blasting away inefficiency, waste, bloat, you name it. And it is showing in their economy. Taxes down, businesses flowing in, good times on the horizon, and all of it followed by an (R), not a (D).
Naturally, I’d recommend Virginia, but it depends upon in which part of the state you’re willing to live. If you’re restricting yourself geographically to the northern end of the state (aka “occupied Virginia), then it may not be all that distinguishable from Maryland. However, if you can move south or southwest, then you find yourself in a whole different environment. The people in those regions are far more down-to-earth, conservative and community oriented. The hunting and fishing are great and we’re not (yet) nearly as regulated as DE or MD.
Hope that helps.
Sorry... wrong thread.
Mods, if you would... pull please.
in light of the posts I’ve seen from you gushing over Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian.
Get to confession right away. Sheesh you can’t come up with a better lie than that?