The Only “Green” Policy Terry McAuliffe Cares About: $$$$
First, McAuliffe held a fundraiser at the lobby shop of long-time Republican strategist Ed Rogers. McAuliffe’s campaign is trying to pass it off as proof of his bi-partisanship, but Politico reports that he and Rogers were friends from sitting together in so many green rooms before appearing on television shows. What average voter can’t relate to that experience? The fact of the matter is, McAuliffe saw big bucks, and that comes before any ideology or principle he’s recently discovered.
The most recent example came from a roundtable event in Hampton Roads. The day before Terry McAuliffe rolled out a new proposal calling for stricter rules on gifts from lobbyists (in his efforts to buy a populist image with his millions of dollars), he had this exchange (YouTube link here):
Fred Carter: My name’s Fred Carter I represent 107 funeral homes. I’m a registered lobbyist so if you’ve got a problem there. You take money from a lobbyist you got a problem, right? No, what I want to say is that-
Terry McAuliffe: Now wait a minute, wait a minute. I’ve never said I wouldn’t take money from a lobbyist.
Fred Carter: I got a lobby that might give money. We got a lot of money that-
Terry McAuliffe: Just don’t put me in a category with other people. I’ll be held accountable for enough stuff that I say. But listen Fred, you want to write a check right now? I got a person who’d be glad to take it.
So what does Terry McAuliffe actually believe in? Anything that will benefit him personally, whether it’s a fundraiser at a Republican lobbyist shop, money from another lobbyist, promoting Obama after telling the country why he can’t win, running for Governor of Florida, or running for Governor of Virginia.
And don’t let his “activist” supporters fool you. Sure, some of them have drunk the kool-aid and believe the principles T-Mac’s consultants pulled out of a hat are genuine, but most of them? They’re in it for the money, too. They have dreams of dollar signs invading every corner of this state in an effort to buy the Governor’s Mansion and the House of Delegates. That’s because they believe what McAuliffe believes: in anything that gets them ahead.