The central premise of Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for Virginia governor is that he “gets” business and can spur job creation. But it’s becoming blindingly obvious that’s all fluff and no substance.
Last week, prominent McAuliffe backers tried to strong-arm the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s political arm, Tech PAC, into reversing its endorsement of GOP nominee Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s former attorney general. State Senator Janet Howell of Fairfax wrote Tech PAC leaders last Friday that “The ramifications of [Cuccinelli] 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.” Other calls to Tech PAC were made by Democratic U.S. senator Tim Kaine and Bill Bolling, the Republican lieutenant governor who has declined to endorse his party’s nominee for governor.