McAuliffe's wife: Cuccinelli 'will have me to answer to'
Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for Virginia governor
May 17th, 2013
08:14 PM ET
9 years ago

McAuliffe's wife: Cuccinelli 'will have me to answer to'

(CNN) – Dorothy McAuliffe is standing by her man, Terry McAuliffe, after Republican critics have attacked the Virginia gubernatorial candidate for not being the best husband based on some anecdotes in his book.

In his 2007 memoir, "What a Party," the former Democratic National Committee chairman details times when his job kept him busy, like when he left his wife in the car to attend a fundraiser on the way home from the hospital where she had just given birth.

The book also gives an account where Dorothy apparently instructed McAuliffe to go to a Washington Post party while she was in labor because McAuliffe was going "stir-crazy" and driving his wife "nuts." So he went.

And when Dorothy was in labor with their son in 1993, McAuliffe got into a near-shouting match with her doctor about health care reform, according to an excerpt from the book.

Some Republicans, including the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association, have used the passages to criticize McAuliffe through social media.

Meanwhile, spokespersons for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, have highlighted articles about the excerpts via Twitter.

But Dorothy McAuliffe responded in a statement Friday, saying she was "surprised" that Republicans had "latched" onto the anecdotes. "Terry and I had a lot of fun writing the book; it was a great opportunity to relive some of the experiences we've had in our over 25 years together."

"While Terry has always been there for me, I can stand on my own two feet and say that Mr. Cuccinelli should know that he will have me to answer to if he wants to intrude on our family life for political attacks," she later added.

Praising McAuliffe as a "wonderful husband and devoted father," she said McAuliffe receives wide support from women on the campaign trail.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday indicated McAuliffe indeed had more support among women, 47%-33%, than his opponent. Cuccinelli, however, carries men, 44%-38%.

Among all registered voters, McAuliffe has a slight advantage over Cuccinelli, 43% – 38% in the Quinnipiac poll, and a small 43%-41% advantage in a recent NBC/Marist poll. When looking at likely voters, however, the race flips with Cuccinelli jumping ahead, 45% to 42%, in the NBC/Marist survey.

A Washington Post poll taken earlier this month, however, showed Cuccinelli ahead of McAuliffe, 46%-41%, among registered voters.

Responding to Dorothy McAuliffe's defense of her husband's book, Cuccinelli's senior campaign strategist Chris LaCivita said: "With all due respect, those aren't our words. Those are Terry's words in his own voice."

The winner of November's showdown will succeed Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.

- CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley contributed to this report.

Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. szinda

    It's pretty low to use things like that to personally attack your opponent. It's not like he did anything immoral based on what I'm reading.

    May 17, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Anthony in California

    The party of Mark Stanford has NO legs to stand on...

    May 17, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Did he lie to his wife and children , did he lie to his employers , did he go hiking on the Appalachian trail and end up with his new fiancé in Argentina ?

    Then he might not get elected in South Carolina .

    Dose he have a cardboard life size image of Nancy Pelosi ?

    Mark Sanford / Willie Brown
    2016 Why Not ?

    May 18, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  4. Doc1

    Republican low lifes. No surprise here.

    May 18, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  5. anonymous

    She is obviously embarrassed by her horrendous husband. And here I thought Democrats really cared about women? Or is it all just a political ploy?

    May 18, 2013 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  6. Colorado

    Pot meet Kettle!

    May 18, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  7. Gt

    This is about a sorry person who puts his family last

    May 18, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |

    What, no work on saturday guest? your evil and hatred work 24/7. the train derailment was obama and clintons fault, they were not suffeciently protected by the administration, the public desrves to know the truth, we want the emails about this, obama will be impeached for this for sure.

    May 18, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Evergreen

    But the GOP has welcomed Sanford with open arms. The GOP has lost the "family values" argument.

    May 18, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |