Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has been involved in politics for most of his life.
While he’s been a successful businessman, he told The New York Times in 1999, “I’ve met all of my business contacts through politics. It’s all interrelated.” And he went so far as to acknowledge that the success of his business dealings stemmed in part from his relationship with Bill Clinton, saying, “No question, that’s a piece of it.”
Sometimes, McAuliffe has been behind the scenes — a longtime friend of the Clintons, McAuliffe and his staff raised $275 million for then-President Bill Clinton.
But he’s also been a front man for more than a decade, running for governor (unsuccessfully) in 2009 and then winning in 2013. And while he moved out of the governor’s mansion in 2018, he wants back in, badly.
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