Skip to comments.Shutdown finger-pointing ensues in race for governor
Posted on 10/01/2013 8:22:19 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Neither of Virginias two major-party gubernatorial candidates has any control over the budget impasse in Congress. But both are using the shutdown as political fodder, trying to tie each other to the most potentially unpopular positions of their national political parties.
The message from Republican Ken Cuccinellis camp: that Democrat Terry McAuliffe is a Washington insider who would shut down Virginia government to get his way, in contrast to his own claim of bipartisanship.
The McAuliffe camps message: that Cuccinelli is a Tea Party darling aligned with Republicans who would let government shut down to re-fight a health law that was passed three years ago.
In recent days, Republicans have issued multiple news releases reviving a comment from Democrat Terry McAuliffe that he wouldnt sign a Virginia budget that didnt include Medicaid expansion.
With the federal government on the verge of the first government shutdown since 1996an outcome that nobody wantsits important to remind people that Terry McAuliffe has repeatedly advocated for a shutdown of Virginias government in blind support of Obamacare, said Anna Nix, spokeswoman for Republican Ken Cuccinelli, in one of those news releases. As a lifelong D.C. insider, it shouldnt surprise a single person that McAuliffe is ready and willing to bring Washington tactics and brinksmanship to Richmond.
On Tuesday the Cuccinelli campaign released an online adtargeted at Northern Virginia voters and federal workersthat features a clip of McAuliffe saying he would ask legislators, please dont send me a bill unless the Medicaid expansion is included in it.
Democrats have let loose their own volley of news releases, linking Cuccinelli to the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party that has been instrumental in pushing for the House Republicans insistence that a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Acts individual insurance mandate accompany any spending authorization.
Democrats say Cuccinelli should condemn the Republicans efforts to link the spending bill with the ACA, as Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell did, to an extent, on Monday, saying that his fellow Republicans shouldnt shut down government over this fight.
Cuccinelli is appearing at a Family Foundation fundraising dinner in Richmond this Saturday at which Sen. Ted Cruz, RTexas, who spent 21 hours in a filibuster last week arguing against the ACA, is also a speaker.
Democrats launched robo-calls late Monday with that message, telling listeners to urge Cuccinelli to cancel the Cruz appearance and condemn his Republican friends for playing chicken with our economy.
Cuccinelli said in a statement early Tuesday that hes very disappointed that President Obama and both parties in Congress proved unable to work together.
In one of the many statements from Democrats, McAuliffe said Cuccinelli is more concerned with appeasing his extreme Tea Party allies than protecting the economic well-being of Virginia. His refusal to stand up to the radical Republicans in Congress who, in their zeal to push an ideological agenda, forced a government shutdown, reinforced the fact that he is more closely aligned with the extreme faction of his party than mainstream Virginians.
It was a rough opening day for Obamacare, with millions of Americans locked out of the new exchanges website due to technical glitches. It's scary to wonder: if the Obama Administration can't even get the website to run smoothly, how well will the rest of the law function?
You’ve certainly posted a long list of stories about how the Tea Party and Republicans are getting blamed for the shutdown by everybody from “the Maryland delegation” to Senator Carl Levin - wouldn’t it be great if the Republicans could get themselves half as organized so that all over the country Republican and conservative voices would be speaking out in press conferences flooding the airways with the real story???....
Terry McAuliffe is a walking scandal.
Unfortunately, that is the problem with the Party of Bush. While a majority of party constituents believe in small government, it appears that we have too many elected reps in D.C. that simply don't anymore. Ergo, it makes it difficult for the party to present a united front because the pols and the constituents are pulling the rope in opposite directions. IMO, the GOP is in total disarray right now, thanks to the quisling losers at the top of the party.
That sucking sound you hear. MSM---on their knees---presstitutes for Dem Johns. Wash/Po had nothing to report on why McAwful's sweating bullets. Some have said the race may wind up WRT which party will take the blame for the shutdown. (cackle) McAwful's a triple threat---he was lacerated for his poor debating skills---he worships abortion---and he's a DC insider lying-in-wait to profit from his govt connections.
<><>McAuliffe made a campaign promise 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."
<><> SEC investigating illegalities in 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 (illegally) 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 media 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 (the Clinton-era Global Crossing heist is just the start) and not a peep from the press.
And Global Crossing.
Governor McDonnell could be helpful here if he wants. He could go open Mount Vernon, helping himself and Cuccinelli.