We probably donâ€™t need another reason to support Ken Cuccinelli for governor of Virginia in what Bobby Jindal and others are calling â€śthe most important political race in the country this year,â€ť but just in case, thereâ€™s this from the Washington Post:
Many Democrats see McÂAuliffeâ€™s gubernatorial campaign as the ground floor of a would-be Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential run â€” with his Virginia operation serving as a farm team in a critical swing state and donors believing they can curry favor with her by helping McÂAuliffe.
Ahh! If thereâ€™s one thing to be said for Democrats, they stick by each other, if only to perpetuate friendships of utility. Slick Willy himselfÂ flew to Florida in the spring as a favor to Cuccinelliâ€™s challenger, Terry McAuliffe, â€śone of his best friends,â€ť and raised $400,000 for his campaign.
John Morgan, the trial lawyer who hosted the fundraising event Clinton headlined, reportedly â€śpulled Clinton aside at his mansion that evening for a private chat,â€ť and told Clinton, â€śIf and whenÂ HillaryÂ decides to do it, let this be her first stop in Florida.â€ť
One Hillary advisor said she is â€śfuriousâ€ť about her presumed association with McAuliffe and his colorful campaign. Hillary knows better than to stand by her long-time â€śfriendâ€ť when the going gets tough. Come on now.
For McAuliffe, his ties to the Clintons â€” for whom he has raised more than $400Â million â€” are a double-edged sword. Those connections have helped McAuliffe raise far more money than his GOP opponent,Â Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli IIÂ (R), but they also give Republicans an opening to remind voters of scandals involving McAuliffe during Bill Clintonâ€™s presidency.
A McAuliffe victory could boost Hillary even more, and his defeat could tarnish her reputation. Chances are people wonâ€™t remember the McAuliffe/Clinton connection come election time 2016, or else they wonâ€™t care; either way, Cuccinelli winning wouldnâ€™t hurt.