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Terry Blows It

- September 16, 2013

MCAULIFFE LOSES COVETED NORTHERN VIRGINIA TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL ENDORSEMENT TO CUCCINELLI

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Voted Late Last Week To Award Its Coveted Endorsement For Governor To Ken Cuccinelli. "The Northern Virginia Technology Council's political arm decided to give its coveted endorsement in the Virginia governor's race to Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli II but delayed Friday's scheduled announcement after supporters of his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, raised objections, according to former and current members of the council." (Fredrick Kunkle, "Northern Virginia Technology Council Endorses Cuccinelli But Delays Announcement," The Washington Post , 9/14/13)

  • The NVTC Represents Roughly 1,000 Businesses And Organizations In Northern Virginia. "The NVTC bills itself as the largest technology council in the nation, representing about 1,000 businesses and organizations. Its members include all sectors of the high-tech industry, as well as nonprofit groups, universities and government agencies." (Fredrick Kunkle, "Northern Virginia Technology Council Endorses Cuccinelli But Delays Announcement," The Washington Post , 9/14/13)

When He Found Out He Lost The Endorsement, McAuliffe Resorted To Bullying And Backroom Dealing

The NVTC's Expected Friday Endorsement Of Cuccinelli Was Delayed After The McAuliffe Campaign Attempted To Reverse The Decision. " The Northern Virginia Technology Council's political arm decided to give its coveted endorsement in the Virginia governor's race to Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli II but delayed Friday's scheduled announcement after supporters of his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, raised objections, according to former and current members of the council." (Fredrick Kunkle, "Northern Virginia Technology Council Endorses Cuccinelli But Delays Announcement," The Washington Post , 9/14/13)

Virginia Democrats Threatened The NVTC That "Doors Will Be Closed" To Them If They Endorsed Cuccinelli. "'I urge you to stop any endorsement of Cuccinelli,' state Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax), told PAC leaders Friday in an e-mail. 'The ramifications of his being endorsed will be huge within the Senate Democratic caucus. . . . The response [from legislators] will be frigid and doors will be closed [when the council seeks help with its legislative agenda]. Achieving the goals of NVTC will be difficult to impossible.'" (Laura Vozzella, Antonio Olivo, And Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe Camp Erupts Over Business PAC's Choice Of Cuccinelli For Virginia Governor," The Washington Post , 9/15/13)

Cuccinelli: "Precise...Thoughtful"; McAuliffe: "Uninformed And Superficial"

NVTC Board Members Found Cuccinelli To Be A "Serious, Detail-Oriented Candidate." "Cuccinelli impressed the board's majority as a serious, detail-oriented candidate while McAuliffe seemed to wing it, according to three board members present for the interviews who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly."(Laura Vozzella, Antonio Olivo, And Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe Camp Erupts Over Business PAC's Choice Of Cuccinelli For Virginia Governor," The Washington Post , 9/15/13)

  • "Cuccinelli, By Contrast, The Person Said, 'Was Precise. He Was Thoughtful. He Thought Through All The Issues. He Had A Clear Position On All Those Issues, And He Didn't Agree With The Council On All The Issues.'" (Laura Vozzella, Antonio Olivo, And Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe Camp Erupts Over Business PAC's Choice Of Cuccinelli For Virginia Governor," The Washington Post , 9/15/13)

NVTC Board Members Thought McAuliffe Was "Uninformed And Superficial." "The reasoning behind the NVTC TechPAC's nod - Cuccinelli had detailed responses to questions in candidate interviews, three board members said, while McAuliffe was uninformed and superficial - bolsters the view that the Democrat's breezy style doesn't sit well with some Virginians. Two of the people said they were leaning toward Cuccinelli before the interviews; one disliked both candidates." (Laura Vozzella, Antonio Olivo, And Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe Camp Erupts Over Business PAC's Choice Of Cuccinelli For Virginia Governor," The Washington Post , 9/15/13)

  • "'Terry Was His Normal, Flamboyant Self,' Said A Board Member Present For Both Interviews. 'He Didn't Want To Get Pinned Down To Any Details. He Didn't Give Any Details. He Was All About Jobs, Jobs, Jobs - 'I'm Just Going To Take Care Of The Situation When The Time Comes. I'm Just Going To Do It.' It Was All [Expletive].'" (Laura Vozzella, Antonio Olivo, And Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe Camp Erupts Over Business PAC's Choice Of Cuccinelli For Virginia Governor," The Washington Post , 9/15/13)

When Asked About A Specific Issue, "Cuccinelli Gave A Thoroughly Researched Response," While McAuliffe Said "I Don't Know What That Is." "On a question about whether Virginia should stay in something called the "open-trade-secrets pact," Cuccinelli gave a thoroughly researched response, the person said. But McAuliffe answered, according to the source: ''I don't know what that is. I'll have to look it up later.'" (Laura Vozzella, Antonio Olivo, And Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe Camp Erupts Over Business PAC's Choice Of Cuccinelli For Virginia Governor," The Washington Post , 9/15/13)

  • "'And Then [McAuliffe] Turns Back To The Guy [Who Asked] And Said 'Well, What Do You Think We Should Do?' And The Guy Says, 'We Want Virginia To Stay In It.' And Then Terry Says, 'Okay, We Will.''" (Laura Vozzella, Antonio Olivo, And Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe Camp Erupts Over Business PAC's Choice Of Cuccinelli For Virginia Governor," The Washington Post , 9/15/13)

McAuliffe Told The NVTC Board That He Would Accomplish His Goals As Governor By Taking Legislators Out Drinking. "Two people present said that in response to a question about how he'd accomplish his goals as governor, McAuliffe told the PAC board that as an Irish Catholic he'd be adept at taking people out for drinks and doing whatever it takes to get things done. McAuliffe is well known as a schmoozer, but he seemed to badly misread his methodical audience with that answer, several of those present said." (Laura Vozzella, Antonio Olivo, And Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe Camp Erupts Over Business PAC's Choice Of Cuccinelli For Virginia Governor," The Washington Post , 9/15/13)


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