But trusting McAullife's claims as a job creator is like trusting his buddy Slick Willie with either your wife or daughter (WSJ).
Everyone remember The Macker? Best Friend of Bill. Chairman of Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign. Famed money-tree shaker. Former Democratic Party chief. Failed 2009 contender for the Virginia governorship but now back as the party's nominee for that position in this fall's election. Oh—and in Mr. McAuliffe's words—"a Virginia businessman" intent on "creating jobs."
Or at least that was the image Mr. McAuliffe sought to portray in 2009, when he became chairman of a car company called GreenTech Automotive, with plans to produce golf-cart sized electric vehicles. The former DNC chief is no stranger to moneymaking, having once used a friendly union pension fund to spin a $100 investment in a Florida land deal into $2.45 million. GreenTech, however, was designed to shed the moneyman image and to reposition Mr. McAuliffe as a (clean) job creator the way Mark Warner and Bob McDonnell used their pro-business credentials to win office in Virginia.
To this end, Mr. McAuliffe got out the political Rolodex and went on the money hunt. By October 2009, GreenTech announced it would build a plant in Tunica, Miss., after the state (under Republican then-Gov. Haley Barbour) promised at least $5 million in public loans and grants to aid the company moving in.
GreenTech bragged that in its first phase alone it would invest $1 billion, employ 1,500 and produce 150,000 cars annually. Mr. McAuliffe grandly unveiled his signature MyCar last July at a rock-star event attended by Messrs. Clinton and Barbour. Business creds in hand, he then announced his run for governor—and the problems began.
Among the first questions he was asked was why, as a proud "Virginia" businessman, he'd located his business in Mississippi. Scrambling, Mr. McAuliffe stated that he had wanted to bring his jobs home but the Virginia Economic Development Partnership "didn't want to bid on" GreenTech—whereas Mississippi had offered incentives. He went so far as to criticize the state for not going after manufacturing jobs like his, suggesting he'd change that.
After an investigation, media outlets discovered that Virginia never received enough information from GreenTech to proceed. The Associated Press reported that the state agency worried that "GreenTech lacked brand recognition; had not demonstrated vehicle performance; had no federal safety and fuel-economy certification; no emissions approval . . . no distribution network" and (ouch) "no demonstrated automotive industry experience within the executive management team." Rather than respond to these concerns, GreenTech moved on with Mississippi (which perhaps wasn't asking annoying questions).Ken Cuccinelli, the GOP candidate for governor, who is also Virginia's attorney general (he and Texas' Greg Abbott are two of the best), put together this video to show how McAuliffe's green car business didn't create jobs, or cars, and McAuliffe silently left the company.
But the story doesn't end there. (Legal Insurrection).
Then Watchdog.org run by The Franklin Center did FOIA digging, and turned up some juicy nuggets about GreenTech which are embarrassing to McAuliffe, and voila, LAWFARE.
From an e-mail circulated by The Franklin Center:
This week a lawsuit was filed against us for stories my investigative team in Virginia did in exposing potential problems and questionable business dealings with a green energy company called GreenTech.What makes this story important is the close ties this company has with “former” chairman and Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Terry McAuliffe and the fact that Hillary Clinton’s brother is also involved with this company.Our investigation obviously struck a nerve. So much so, that attorneys for the Clinton/McAuliffe tied company are suing us for $85 Million.Yes you are reading that correctly …. $85 million. This appears to me to be a case of intimidation.
Ed Morrissey further reports:
Nothing like a little bullying to try to keep the truth from coming out.Yesterday in the Green Room, I linked to a Jim Geraghty column at NRO about the reaction from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) after Terry McAuliffe’s GreenTech Automotive applied for grants. A FOIA request produced internal memos showing that VEDP became very suspicious that GTA was “a visa-for-sale scheme,” which Watchdog.org posted after getting access to the internal communications. McAuliffe, who is running for governor in Virginia this year against current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, has yet to explain the memos, but his former firm has responded by, er … suing Watchdog for $85 million.
Keep in mind McAuliffe is the same slick operator who also turned a $100K investment in Global Crossings into an $18 million windfall as the company went belly up and people lost their jobs.
Is this who we want as our governor, my fellow Virginians? I don't think so!