All the major players were on hand Saturday night at the Arlington Democrats’ Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner inside the Westin Arlington Gateway hotel, and after brief comments from the party’s candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general – Ralph Northam and Mark Herring, respectively – Terry McAuliffe delivered a rousing speech that focused on all the usual themes he’s been stressing since becoming Virginia’s Democratic candidate for governor.
He talked jobs. He talked technology. He talked women’s rights, and so forth.
What he didn’t touch on were the chief lines of attack last week by the campaign of his Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, whose camp has been highlighting a McAuliffe misstatement during last weekend’s gubernatorial debate and dealings by his former green-car company with a Chinese businessman who’s a top official for a firm that has been linked to possible spying.
Afterward, when asked by a reporter about the Cuccinelli campaign’s attacks, McAuliffe shook his head and smiled.
“They’re going to say what they’re going to say,” McAuliffe told WJLA. “But at the end of the day, well, there’s a reason why so many Republican business leaders have endorsed our candidacy.
“We’re laying out our positive message, and they’re (the Cuccinelli campaign) free to do whatever they want to do, but what Virginians want to hear from us is what I’m going to do on education, jobs, health care – everything I talked about in there.”
He also flatly denied with an emphatic “no” that GreenTech Automotive acted improperly regarding visa applications for some of its employees.