November 10th, 2008
03:27 PM ET
10 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. it's time

    good luck, run a clean campaign and you may be the next governor.

    November 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Terry "The Yes Mas" McAuliffe?


    November 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Virginia Democrat

    I wish opinionated people would get their facts straight–Tim Kaine cannot run for re-election for a consecutive term. Terry's main contribution to Virginia is that he lives here and presumably pays taxes here. Otherwise he has no connection to civic life in Virginia that I'm aware of. He has great talents in raising money, which have been used in the service of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

    I urge everyone to support Brian Moran, who has a history of two decades of service to VIRGINIA. He has served in the VA House of Delegates since 1995 and has chaired the House Democratic Caucus since 2001. He KNOWS Virginia and how it works–he doesn't just live here.

    November 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Virginia Democrat

    We can keep the Governor's office, but we need to run a Virginian to be Governor of Virginia. One who is known and desires to serve Virginia not someone who just wants to be an officeholder -and certainly not someone who after testing the NJ and FL waters decides to test VA next. We need Creigh Deeds for Virginia's next Governor!

    November 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. No Hillary = No Obama

    This man and the rest of the so-called Clinton "advisers" did her a grave disservice by not confronting the disrespectful, degrading, demeaning comments rampant throughout the media when they first started. To let this go on and on without any statement from ANYONE including Pelosi and Obama and the rest of the turn coats is what cost her the nomination. These subversive actions hijacked her chances and instead promoted a wannabe who is now President.

    November 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    If I lived in VA I would not vote for this guy. I think Brian Moran would be better. McAuliffe I am sure is a decent guy, his position in Clinton's campaign made him very divisive. I do not think he would make it if he won the nomination.

    November 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. John in Ohio

    "PS: HE IS NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN (his father was not slave nor american)
    STOP SAYING THAT ON CNN!!!!!!!!!!!"

    His father was from Kenya, which is in Africa.

    His mother was from Kansas, which is in America.

    Barack Obama is African-American. Literally, and more recently then most African-Americans in the US today.

    If somebody's family came to the US from Ireland during the potato famine, and somebody else's family came over after WW2, does that make the first family any more or less Irish-American then the second family?

    November 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. TonyS

    More Clinton sleaze. The Clinton moneyman runneth.

    November 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Jason

    I'm a Northern Virginia Democrat, voted for Obama last week, but I will be supporting Bob McDonnell for VA governor.

    Terry McCauliffe is a loudmouth, and he brings nothing to the table other than a (D) beside his name.

    November 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Toni

    I live in Virginia and there is no way that he's going to get elected. I really don't see Kaine, our current governor, or Mark Warner, our Senator, as campaigning for him. Also, most of us Obama primary supporters are not going to forget the way he acted during the campaign. He will never be elected as governor of VA.

    November 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. vaman

    GO Terry! We need more Clinton Dems, less Obama Dems.

    November 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Good luck! Godspeed!

    November 10, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Old Dominion

    Virginia deserves better than this windbag.

    November 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. C-man

    Hopefully they do a better job with his campain than they did on Hillary's.

    November 10, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Paula, MN

    I know he's a fellow Dem, but I don't know about this guy.

    November 10, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Duane

    I have feared this for the last couple years. As a loyal democrat and VA resident, I can't fathom a worse option. All of the political good will that Mark Warner brought to this state will be erased by the former fundraiser in chief. Anyone but Terry.

    November 10, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Tom

    Uggghhhh! Seriously?

    I love Obama and I love the Clintons, but McAuliffe is a dirtbag. Hopefully Virginia can find someone better than him!

    November 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. WIlly Brown

    This clown got rich off the back of Joe & Jane six pack democrat and a clinton ilk. But seeing how dumb democrat are in VA they may vote for a trifecta of misery.

    November 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Jessica, VA

    The election is over. Who cares about Terry. He just brings drama wherever he goes. Not unlike Hillary.

    November 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Go Terry! More Democrats in office!

    November 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Jessica, VA

    The election is over. Who cares about Terry. He just brings drama wherever he goes. Not unlike Hillary.

    November 10, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Mr.ED

    Maybe the tide will keep rolling in VA....

    November 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. therealmarie

    This guy is a joke and people should stop taking him seriously.

    November 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Bill in CA

    How bitter are these women who keep claiming that Obama and Acorn and the MSM "stole" the election from Obama? Live in fantasyland much?

    November 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. tess

    i,m sure obama wishes all these clintonistas would just crawl back under the rocks they slithered out from and realize that they are totally irrevelant! mcawful has just about the worst ego of the bunch so good riddance to him especially!!!!

    November 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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