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Gov.-elect McAuliffe shuts out news organization, transparently

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It’s customary for outgoing Virginia governors to transfer their media lists to their successors. Something has gotten lost in the translation in regard to at least one established news outlet. regularly received Gov. Bob McDonnell’s news releases, which ranged from the significant to the routine. Yet Watchdog says it is still waiting to hear from Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s team.

McAuliffe has been busy making appointments and announcements since he was elected Nov. 5. Watchdog reported last week that it knew of several press releases that had been issued statewide -- but none to Watchdog.

Press Secretary Brian Coy, according to Watchdog, "unfailingly fails to respond to our inquiries on stories we’re reporting — extending the code of silence McAuliffe staffers rigidly enforced throughout the gubernatorial campaign."

Asked about the news blackout since McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in November, Coy told Watchdog last month he was “working on it.” There has been no communication from the governor-elect’s office since.

McAuliffe himself was gracious, or savvy, enough to answer one of Watchdog’s questions at the annual Associated Press Day earlier this month. Then again, he didn’t have much choice. WCVE-FM’s Craig Carper, incoming president of the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association, selected the questioners and acknowledged a Watchdog reporter's upraised hand.

As a member of the VCCA and the Virginia Press Association, Watchdog’s Virginia Bureau is recognized by its journalistic peers as a legitimate news organization in Richmond and statewide.

Credentialed at the General Assembly, Watchdog is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit outlet that exposes waste, fraud and abuse in the public sector.

So where’s the professional courtesy from the governor-elect’s crew? Where's the "transparency" the Democrat has touted for his administration?

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