(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.
If Terry will repeal the car tax, he has my vote!
Virginia just can't catch a break. Now this clinton carpetbagger wants a job. Obama, Clinton this country (and state) is doomed!!!!!
If he manages to run his campaign anyway similar to that of Hillary's hes in for a huge loss......
no no no.
Terry McAuliffe is the single worst thing to come from the Clinton administration, and every moment he spends in the public eye, he tarnishes their legacy.
Go away and stay away, Terry. If you couldn't win the Democratic nomination for Hillary, which is like losing a 100 yard dash with a 50 yard head start, it's hard to imagine how you could ever accomplish anything significant in politics.
The only thing Terry has going for him is a connection with the Clintons. Otherwise, he is very unappetizing. He was so busy trying to position himself for this Governor race he could no longer offer any comments as a political strategist on behalf of Pres-elect Obama. Now, he wants to strategize on a governorship? Give me a break, that's just like putting Palin as VP and thinking we will all be lead to the water to drink. NOT!
Joe Lieberman is not the worst Democrat I know.
He will have my complete support – we need MORE Clinton democrats in office!
Look at the states that have dem. govs and legislatures. They are broke or on the way. Mich and MA are 2 good examples. Spend and tax spend and tax.
I wonder what positon Barry will appoint Hillary to. He seems to be gathering up all the old Clinton cronies to be advisers etc. Tells me those insiders really didn't like the Clintons after all.
He better call his buddies at ACORN to rig the election for him again like they did using the college students in southwest Virginia
Is he serious?
I hope he has learn't that Slimy campaigns do not pay. No sir, not in today's America.
Terry, Stay away from that...You are not good at that...Please put Tim Kaine or somebody else..
I LOVE KAINE BUT I LIKE MACAULIFFE, TOO BUT ONLY IF KAINE IS HEADING TO A CABINET POST...ONLY!!
CNN lives up to the Clinton News Network nickname again...
To respond to donkeys, he would not be opposing Kaine. VA governors can only serve 1 term (or two non-consecutive I believe).
He is a very nice and hard working man. I have met him a couple of times (working on hrc campaign) and he will do an awesome job in Virginia
oh god no.
FYI, Kaine can't run again. Though this was his first term, Virginia law prohibits governors having successive terms.
Quality folks running for a Dem seat go figure .... win, win situation .... so let the best man win ;0)
TERRY IS ACTUALLY A VERY GOOD CHEERLEADER...I REALLY LIKED HIM THE MOST AMONG ALL CLINTON STAFF MEMBERS. HE DID VERY WELL FOR CLINTON...TIL DEATH OF CANPAIGN!!!!!
PDX "gal", I will make a deal with you then, you don't blame every mistake the Messiah makes for the next four years on George Bush.
The media will do that for you anyway and nobody will ever need to insult you again.
Nice to read that you can count though, at least to three (OK, that was just a joke, I know you can count to ten if asked).
I LIKE TERRY. HE'S A VERY UPBEAT GUY! GOOD LUCK TERRY!
Well at least good old Terry will never be at a loss for words...
To answer one of the above questions, Governors in Virginia are limited to a single term. As a Virginian, my question is: why? What's his connection to the state? Who on either side of the aisle likes carpetbaggers?