On numerous occasions here recently, I have commented in diaries where both the author and other commenters have complained about the lack of support that our state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Barbara Buono, has received from high profile Democrats like President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and former Senator and Secretary of State (the latter title may prevent her from actively participating in partisan politics), Hillary Clinton.
I have placed the most of the blame for this lack of support on the gubernatorial ambitions of close Clinton friend and former DNC Chairman, Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe (and the Clintons) wants all of the attention and money focused on his race against VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and as little as possible, if any, on Buono in her uphill battle to defeat Chris Christie, who Bill Clinton, interestingly enough, brought in to speak at a Clinton Global Initiative event recently. Other Clinton allies, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have been overtly encouraging their donors to contribute to Christie instead of Buono.
The latest proof that the Clintons and McAuliffe are actively undermining Buono’s candidacy is a PolitickerNJ.com report that McAuliffe lent his name to a low-dollar fundraising e-mail on behalf of our state’s very well-funded Democratic senatorial candidate, Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker today enlisted former Democratic National Chairman and current Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe to aid in his fundraising efforts.
Clearly, the Clintons and McAuliffe have no qualms about helping Booker, whose race will be over several weeks before voters in New Jersey and Virginia go to the polls to elect or re-elect their state’s Chief Executive and who will most likely be in a position to return the favor once he is in Washington and in close proximity to critical Northern Virginian swing voters.