The MaCauliffe website has an article posted written by Garren Shipley of the Northern Virginia Daily which I find fascinating. On the article, MaCauliffe compares himslef in a favorable light to Mark Warner:
"McAuliffe said he falls very much into the mold of U.S. Sen.-elect Mark R. Warner. He’s a gun owner, would enforce the death penalty and is moderate on abortion."
Terry is a gun owner. Okay. But what exactly are MacAuliffe's views on issues related to guns? Under the "Issues" tab on his website, there is nothing spelling out his views on guns, gun control, concealed weapons legislation, etc. Is he a member of the NRA?
After Al Gore had the 2000 election stolen from him by that fine group of Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Terry was quite vocal that Democrats should abandon gun control as an issue:
"After Gore’s defeat, Terry McAuliffe, then chairman of the Democratic Party, was vocal in advising Democrats to abandon gun control as an issue in future elections. I believe we ought to move it out, let the individual communities decide their gun laws and how guns ought to be treated,” he said. “It has had a devastating impact on elections because the NRA has targeted and spent millions of dollars distorting individual members’ views and Al Gore’s views.”
So Terry, if you are the nominee, how do you balance guns and gun control issues in your campaign? Do you blow off gun control advocates, in NOVA in particular, to gain traction with the gun-toting crowd in the western part of the state, etc? I think this strategy was tried once before and it didn't work out very well.
Oh, another thing, what makes you a "moderate" on the issue of abortion? I know you are pro-choice and support partial-birth abortion, as I am and do. But what are your specific stances on abortion that make you a moderate? Many of our fine friends at NARAL and Planned Parenthood would like to have your stance flushed out on this issue.
And last but not least:
"I was quite surprised when I learned that Terry McAuliffe was going to appear at a major convention of health insurance corporations in San Francisco on June 19.
After all, how could the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee show up as a guest of health insurance executives -- much less accept any money for his appearance at the AHIP (America's Health Insurance Plans) convention? This appearance seems inappropriate at best, especially after Barack Obama and Howard Dean courageously directed the Democratic National Committee last week to reject contributions from lobbyists, including the health insurance industry."
Now, did you actually show up at this grand event and, you know, hang out and drink a little rum with executives of health insurance companies? Did you make close to what you made in your Global Croosing deal?
It goes on - and this is the juicy stuff:
I know Terry McAuliffe. When I was the California chair of Howard Dean's presidential campaign in 2003-04, I interacted with Terry on a number of occasions. While we have differences of opinion from time to time, I think he might listen if enough people appeal to him and the morals and values the Democratic Party is supposed to represent.
So, I wrote a letter to Terry McAuliffe. The simple message: "Just don't do it, Terry. Don't go to the AHIP convention and please don't accept a speaking fee."
Here's an excerpt from my letter to Terry:
"Did you know that Assurant Health -- listed as the sole sponsor of your joint AHIP speaking appearance with former Bush spokesperson Dan Bartlett -- was just fined $3 million by the state of Connecticut for illegally denying care to hundreds of patients? That is just one example of how the health insurance racket in America has a death grip on our health care system. Using nearly unlimited resources from our monthly premium payments, it has single-handedly blocked every health care reform proposal in recent years, including "Medicare for All" or single-payer health care.
You hit that one right out of the ballpark Terry!! Thanks so much for standing up for working families when we needed it the most!!