November 10th, 2008
03:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Former Clinton adviser to make run for governor in VA

Terry McAuliffe has been laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial run.
Terry McAuliffe has been laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial run.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman filed papers Monday forming an exploratory committee to run for Virginia governor.

Terry McAuliffe was widely expected to make his decision after Election Day. The former Democratic National Committee chairman will now do a 60 day listening tour of the state.

In September, McAuliffe hired longtime Virginia political consultant Mo Elleithee to start planning a possible statewide campaign, should he decide to run. Elleithee spent the last year working alongside McAuliffe in the Clinton campaign as a senior spokesman, but in recent years he has also helped steer Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to signature Democratic victories in Virginia.

Should he run, McAuliffe will face off in next year’s Democratic primary against state Sen. Creigh Deeds and State House Rep. Brian Moran. Virginia’s Attorney General Bob McDonnell is expected to run for the Republican nomination unopposed.


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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Brandon

    Go, Terry and the very best of luck to you.
    You deserve the Gubernatorial throne of Virginia. You are a winner!!!

    November 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Brandon

    The very best of luck to you.
    You are a good man, and we need you in office.
    Go, Terry! Go Terry!! You are a winner!!!

    November 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. proud army and navy mom

    after his down right delusions and funny math during the democratic primary, I don't know if this man is mentally stable to be a governor. He seem to live in another reality.

    November 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Hawaiian Dude

    McAuliffe showed a side of him during the campaign that I'm sure Virginia witnessed. This guy plays really dirty and he's another one of those Clinton people who'll do anything he can to get elected. He's negative, dirty, and pathetic. I hope he never gets elected for any type of governmental office. If he walks, talks, and smells like a scumbag, he's a scumbag.

    November 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. J Robinson

    This guy is a total jerk. When he was chairman of the DNC 2004 he pulled some really stupid stuff. Rabid, partisan attack dog for governor? Not with my vote.

    November 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Simmy

    Terry McAuliffe and Sarah Palin are two people that really need to get a clue!
    They are not credible!

    The media's fascination with Palin is mindboggling, she is attractive, but what else is there?

    CNN is becoming as twisted as Fox (Hannity, Greta) and the lot with their endless obsession!

    President Obama won, he won fair and square. All the Palin focus in the world will not dim his light!

    November 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Ben

    Maybe he should wait a little while... Let the bad taste in everyone's mouth wear off a bit...

    November 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Vic

    Best man for the job! Not politically correct to criticize Clinton backers as President Elect Obama has his staff support lined with them.

    November 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. MD

    All we need is another knucklehead spin-master like Mc Auliffe. He has an abrasive personality, and was completely unsuccessful in Clinton's campaign. I already feel sorry for the people of Virginia to have to listen to this guy while campaigning.

    I hope Viginians have enough sense to send this guy packing.

    November 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Linda, Atlanta GA

    I saw a similar story over at Huffington Post. Most comments were negative about him. I Never liked him much either. Kind of goofy. Plus, he was always on Fox News saying they had the best coverage and were fair and balanced. What a jerk. Glad I do not live in VA. I hope he does not win. But if he does, at least it is only a 1 term consecutive state.

    November 10, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Josh, Charlotte, NC

    Best of luck to you Terry! I can't believe all these people frowning upon you and Senator Clinton. It seems the obamabots, and yes I ended up voting for Obama, have not changed their ways. They are not following Obama's words to UNITE instead of DIVIDE.

    November 10, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Floridian

    Why doeal all the Virginians on this bord seem to bitter?

    Wish the man good luck and keep the garbage to yourselfs.

    November 10, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Kevin

    I VOTED OBAMA, AND I ABSOLUTELY HATE MCAULLIFE!!

    HE IS THE KING OF SPIN AND NO GOOD FOR VIRGINIA WHO WENT SOLIDLY FOR OBAMA!!

    November 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. robert

    i fear this guy after they lost the nomination he spoke of going to rest in the magic kingdom.it was around that time tim russert also died... after a good job moderating a debate in which his candidate stumbled. i,m not sure he will win.

    November 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Kyle

    Best man for the job! Not politically correct to criticize Clinton backers as President Elect Obama has his staff support lined with them.
    -------------------------------–
    Obama has picked about .001% of his staff/cabinet. What are you talking about??

    November 10, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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