Two days before the election, there are many lingering doubts about Terry McAuliffe's fitness for election to public office. The Washington Post reports yesterday that GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli says Democrat nominee McAuliffe brought “chutzpah from New York.” McAuliffle, who claims to be from Virginia, was born and raised in Syracuse, New York and graduated in 1975 from Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School, a private high school in Syracuse. Highlighting the Democrat nominee's connections to New York is one way the GOP candidate seeks to raise doubts about McAuliffe just before the election.
“He hasn’t run one ad since the summer or in the autumn about anything except what an apparently terrible human being I’m supposed to be,” Cuccinelli said of McAuliffe's campaign ads. “I shaved my horns just for you all. They’ve been lying through their teeth. I’ll tell you, he brought plenty of chutzpah from New York with him. Never seen anything like it.”
Reid Wilson, writing in The Washington Post yesterday, highlighted McAuliffe's New York origin, “McAuliffe was born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1957. In his first ad in the gubernatorial campaign, McAuliffe made a point of saying that he and his wife, Dorothy, “have lived in Virginia for over 20 years, and here we’ve raised five children of our own.”
While Cuccinelli addressed McAuliffe's negative advertising in this campaign, neither Cuccinelli nor many in the GOP want to touch another issue that is causing lingering doubts about McAuliffe's fitness for public office: the perception that he has a serious drinking problem. Over the last few years there have been numerous mainstream media reports or references to incidents of public drunkeness by McAuliffe.
In this video, from 2008 when McAuliffe was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign for president, he appears on MSNBC with a bottle of Bacardi rum and appearing to be under the influence, babbles about how he expects Hillary to defeat Barack Obama after winning the Democratic primary in Puerto Rico. He says to host Mika Brzezinski, holding up the bottle of Barardi rum, “I brought you back your own Bacardi Gold from Puerto Rico, you and I are gonna share this together to celebrate another big win by Hillary Clinton.” Brzezinski responds by saying “please don't start drinking that (bottle), that's for me.”
Just recently, McAuliffe himself said he's “super-good at drinking” and touted this talent to the North Virginia Technology Council, in his effort to convince them he would bring jobs to the state as governor. McAuliffe told them he could take people out for drinks and “schmooze” them while consuming drinks as a way of “getting things done.” He also made a reference to stereotypes about being an Irish Catholic and drinking that lead to demands for an apology to Irish Catholics.
After meeting with both candidates, the group endorsed Ken Cuccinelli for governor of Virginia. The Washington Post reported on the endorsement, “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.”
While not mentioning the alleged drinking problem, the Richmond Times-Dispatch agreed about the lack of seriousness of McAuliffe, and editorialized the following in their decision to not endorse McAuliffe, “When it comes to raking together piles of cash, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is without peer. On questions of actual governance, though, his troubling lack of mastery and odd flippancy combine to paint a portrait of a deeply unserious candidate.”
A recent article from Real Clear Politics summed up these doubts about McAuliffle, “Taken individually, none of these episodes is terribly damaging. But taken together, they add up to the impression that, despite four years of prep work after his last gubernatorial run, McAuliffe still isn’t ready for the office he seeks.”
Perhaps there was a reason why McAuliffle was so unprepared for his meeting with the board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. A publication called Naked DC, which appears to take on politicians of all parties and ideologies, published an a recent article titled “Terry McAuliffe may be drinking his way into the next debate.” The author claims McAuliffe was in a bar the night before the debate with Cuccinelli last July, and offers this video as proof. In the video, it clearly show McAuliffe in a bar.
Another instance in which the alleged drinking problem made news is this article in Breitbart titled “McAuliffe enjoyed pounding drinks with Hillary” that also includes this video. McAuliffe talked about how he loves to drink with Hillary and how Hillary allegedly beat John McCain in a “shot contest.” McAuliffe's comment about Hillary drinking might also raise questions about her fitness for office and possible drinking habit, “You know, she's a girl from Illinois who likes to throw them down with the rest of us and that's how she's always been.”
After Hillary was defeated by Barack Obama, Terry McAuliffle did return to MSNBC on Morning Joe to drink that Bacardi rum with Mika Brzezinski. This video shows them having drinks and McAuliffe conceding the nomination to Obama, saying “he has the numbers” in reference to the delegates needed to claim the nomination. Pat Buchanan, who was not drinking, is heard saying “I can take over if this thing gets out of hand.”
This article in a publication called Conservative Intelligence Briefing asks the question “Can McAuliffe govern just because he's a happy drunk?” The article also mentioned his boast of about schmoozing poeple with drinks when meeting with the Technology Council, “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.” Virginia Virtucon raised the same issue in this article titled “Terry McAuliffe – An “uninformed and superficial” drunkard who is winging it.”
Even Politico, the publication that did the hit job alleging Herman Cain had engaged in sexual harrassment, and clearly a publication that is no friend of Republicans and conservatives, published this article depicting a partying and drinking Terry McAuliffe. The article summarized the perception with “it's always a party with Terry.”
Salon.com, another publication that is no friend to conservatives, ran a review of Terry McAuliffe's book, titled “Terry McAuliffe is the worst, Terry McAuliffe reveals.” Alex Pareene writes in that article, “Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is a soulless political animal with no redeeming human characteristics, it has been revealed this week. In a series of personal anecdotes that he believes to be amusingly self-effacing, because he has no clue how normal humans would interpret his behavior, McAuliffe has presented himself as a thoroughly personally detestable creature of power with no ideals beyond victory for his “side.” He also will still probably be the next governor of Virginia.”
Commenting on McAuliffe's statement that “Nobody every said life with me was easy,” Pareene writes, “No, no one would say that, because McAuliffe is clearly a sociopath.”
It is clear from this article that Pareene's assessment is not partisan, and that Pareene is no fan of Republicans or Ken Cucinnelli, since he refers to the GOP nominee for governor of Virginia in the same article as, “a crazy person, Republican candidate and nullification enthusiast Ken Cuccinelli.”
The election is just two days away and the most recent polls showing it becoming a closer contest. The Cuccinelli campaign is not likely to embrace the slogan “vote for the right wing nutjob because the other guy is a sociopath who likes to drink” but the lingering doubts about McAuliffe's temperament and fitness to hold office, and his unserious nature as a candidate, might be enough to help Cuccinelli score the upset political victory and get election the next governor of Virginia.
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