November 10th, 2008
03:27 PM ET
6 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. Nik in VA

    If Terry will repeal the car tax, he has my vote!

    November 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Virginia just can't catch a break. Now this clinton carpetbagger wants a job. Obama, Clinton this country (and state) is doomed!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Jon

    If he manages to run his campaign anyway similar to that of Hillary's hes in for a huge loss......

    November 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. burwell

    no no no.

    November 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Oh hum...

    November 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Rob Johnson

    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.

    November 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. CitizenS

    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!

    November 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Reid-Pelosi Congress approval rating

    Joe Lieberman is not the worst Democrat I know.

    November 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. ch

    He will have my complete support – we need MORE Clinton democrats in office!

    November 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. kelly WI

    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.

    November 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Gonna be a loooonnnng 4 years

    He better call his buddies at ACORN to rig the election for him again like they did using the college students in southwest Virginia

    November 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Precious Coker

    Is he serious?

    I hope he has learn't that Slimy campaigns do not pay. No sir, not in today's America.

    November 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. sonny

    Terry, Stay away from that...You are not good at that...Please put Tim Kaine or somebody else..

    November 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. JAN

    I LOVE KAINE BUT I LIKE MACAULIFFE, TOO BUT ONLY IF KAINE IS HEADING TO A CABINET POST...ONLY!!

    November 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Nick Wright

    CNN lives up to the Clinton News Network nickname again...

    November 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Travis

    To respond to donkeys, he would not be opposing Kaine. VA governors can only serve 1 term (or two non-consecutive I believe).

    November 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Shane

    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

    November 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. LMS

    oh god no.

    November 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Matt

    FYI, Kaine can't run again. Though this was his first term, Virginia law prohibits governors having successive terms.

    November 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Proud to be American

    Quality folks running for a Dem seat go figure .... win, win situation .... so let the best man win ;0)

    November 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. JAN

    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!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. empty vessel

    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).

    November 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. GINA, OHIO

    I LIKE TERRY. HE'S A VERY UPBEAT GUY! GOOD LUCK TERRY!

    November 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. nate

    Well at least good old Terry will never be at a loss for words...

    November 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Fairfax Native

    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?

    November 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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