Democratic National Committee superstar and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe spent some time last evening at a fundraiser.
While that isn't a shocker as we all know politicians spend a considerable amount of time at fundraisers for their campaigns; what is shocking is WHO was raising money for McAuliffe last night.
The fundraiser was hosted by Republican political operative Ed Rogers at the prestigious BGR lobbying firm, a firm that has been 100% until 2008 when it started accepting Democratic clients.
Rogers shares ownership of the firm with Haley Barbour, Vice-Chair of the Republican Governors Association. Rogers and his firm have worked tirelessly to defeat scores of Democrats nationwide, including President Barack Obama last year.
Considering that McAuliffe worked to defeat Obama last year too, he and Rogers actually make for good bed buddies. I mean, why wouldn't Rogers want to raise money for someone else who had Obama in their cross-hairs? I wonder though; what else does McAuliffe have in common with Rogers and other Republican political operatives?
I, along with the Brian Moran campaign, find McAuliffe's association with Rogers offensive. We worked hard here in Virginia to get Obama the nomination and win Virginia in the general election. For McAuliffe to toss that work aside for a few dollars is disappointing.
Moran Campaign Manager Andrew Roos said:
"It's offensive to see Terry McAuliffe raising money with the likes of Republican operative and lobbyist Ed Rogers. Rogers joined Rush Limbaugh and others in raising racially and religiously charged attacks against then Senator Obama. It's sad that in the same week Terry McAuliffe aired a radio ad claiming credit for helping to elect Barack Obama, he's holding a fundraiser with someone who did everything he could to defeat him. We need people who stand up to partner with President Obama in the White House not people who condone these kinds of Rove-style attacks."
Activists throughout Virginia really need to consider who they are supporting this year. We need a governor who has been there for the people of Virginia and will fight for progressive values; not a newcomer to Virginia politics who's willing to take a dollar from anyone (unless those donors are making the evening news).