Terry McAuliffe is back in the news.

McAuliffe, the one-time gubernatorial candidate who is eyeing another run at Virginia’s governor’s mansion in 2013, has been talking up his venture to build electric and hybrid automobiles.

McAuliffe, who heads GreenTech Automotive, returned this week from China, where he announced a partnership with a company to build 300,000 cars per year.

Thursday, the former Democratic National Committee chairman spoke — as did Virginia Reps. Frank Wolf (R) and Jim Moran (D) — at the Access to Business 7th annual business conference about expanding exports to Korea, and has been on national TV urging President Obama to call Congress back to help the slumping economy.

Perhaps realizing all the attention he was getting, both the Republican Party of Virginia and the Republican Governors Association took the opportunity to take a shot at McAuliffe — attacking him for jobs he is creating in Mississippi, not Virginia

“Given his history of shopping for a state in which to run for office, we can’t help but wonder if this is the launch of. . . Mississippi Macker: 2015,’’ a news release says.

McAuliffe, who has made no secret about his desire to run for governor in 2013, has been quietly meeting with Republicans, Democrats and influential business people for months as he looks for backers for his second run.

He has already garnered support from longtime supporters of former rivals Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran, now chairman of the Democratic party.