It’s probably a good thing that Terry McAuliffe, the once and possibly future Virginia gubernatorial candidate, is busy making cars these days, because the Macker sure is racking up a lot of miles traveling to fundraisers and other events for other Democrats around the state.
This month, McAuliffe’s schedule has him dashing among 40 events, from Arlington County Democrats’ annual chili cookoff on Labor Day (sans dunk tank), to a seafood dinner for Gloucester County Democrats, and then back to Northern Virginia for Virginia Senate, House and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors candidates. Other scheduled stops include events with Democratic Sens. Toddy Puller in Vienna and Ralph Northam in Norfolk. Next month, he’s planning to host a fundraiser for the Senate Democratic Caucus at his home in McLean.
Of course, all the criss-crossing back and forth across the commonwealth keeps a lot of people wondering whether the candidate McAuliffe is promoting is actually Terry McAuliffe. Many say he acts and talks like a man who’s running for governor in 2013.
“I think he’s running,” Del. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax) said Wednesday, a couple of days after after McAuliffe attended a BBQ fundraiser to make sure that Sickles keeps his seat on the Virginia General Assembly’s House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.
“He’s spending a lot of time touching all the bases around the commonwealth,” Sickles said. “This is the kind of schedule and introduction to Virginia that he should have done before jumping into the race in 2009.”
McAuliffe, 54, has kept himself busy since finishing second in a three-way race behind Sen. Creigh Deeds in the 2009 Democratic Party primary.
Deeds went on to a drubbing by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R). Brian Moran, who finished in third place, went on to become the chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
But McAuliffe went to different pursuits — including working to reopen a shuttered paper mill, launching an electric car venture with a Chinese partner, and making no secret of his interest in running for governor again.
On Monday, he attended his 300th event when he stopped by the Arlington County Democrats’ annual chili cookoff on Labor Day, spokesman Levar Stoney said. On Wednesday, McAuliffe, who is chairman of GreenTech Automotive, Inc., announced that the company has signed a agreement with a Danish company to distribute the American-made MyCar.
More travel plans can be found at McAuliffe’s Web site, www.terrymcauliffe.com/blog or his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/terrymcauliffe. He’s on Twitter too atTerry_McAuliffe.