McAuliffe Starts VA Charm Offensive

12/17/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Politico

He's got the charm, cash and connections, but now the consummate Democratic pitchman is facing his toughest sales job in Virginia.

Terry McAuliffe swept through Hillary Rodham Clinton's downbeat Arlington headquarters in May like a rich daddy returning from a business trip, spiriting off young staffers to Cafe Milano in Georgetown for a veal-and-vino cheerleading dinner. ...

McAuliffe's central strategy is classic Terry-buys-the-drinks: He's planning an ambitious fundraising campaign on behalf of Virginia's Democratic establishment, which has been emboldened by Barack Obama's victory and two consecutive Democratic governors (governors in the state are limited to one four-year term) but frustrated by a six-seat GOP majority in the House of Delegates, the lower of the state's two legislative houses.

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