Terry McAuliffe is doing something a little different than his would-be Republican opponents. He’s waiting.
Unlike Republicans who are lining up early to run statewide next year, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and businessman will not announce whether he will run for governor until after the November elections.
McAuliffe has told supporters he plans to run for governor, but he has not officially announced his intentions. His decision to wait was first reported by Patch, which covered an event with him this weekend.
“He believes that the focus should be on President Obama, Tim Kaine and congressional candidates in 2012,’’ McAuliffe spokesman Levar Stoney said.
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), who announced the creation of a leadership PAC last month, is also likely run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2013.
On the Republican side, both Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have announced they are running for governor.
McAuliffe has been making the rounds across the state for months, quietly meeting with possible future supporters and campaigning for Virginia Democrats.
He’s appeared at hundreds of events in the last two years. Just this month, he headlined events for the William & Mary Democrats, campaigned for congressional candidate Ella Ward in Chesapeake and helped open a pair of offices for the Obama campaign.
Next up: McAuliffe will attend events for Fairfax Democrats, the 8th, 10th and 11th Congressional District Democratic conventions and the Prince William County Jefferson Jackson Dinner.
Obama and former president Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser this month at McAuliffe’s McLean home on behalf of the president’s re-election effort.
Clinton headlined a fundraiser for the Senate Democratic caucus at McAuliffe’s home last year as Republicans aggressively fought to take control of the Senate.
McAuliffe, chairman of GreenTech Auto, paid $20 million for Hong Kong-based EuAuto Technology, which builds an electric vehicle called the MyCar. He secured a package of incentives from then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to build a facility in that state, which is now in operation. He has spoken to Gov. Bob McDonnell and Bolling, the chief jobs creation officer, recently about opening a car plant in Virginia.
He also continues to look to reopen a shuttered paper mill.
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