Last week Citizens United released its much hyped 30-minute documentary "Fast Terry," about Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's GreenTech and Franklin Pellets ventures, both of which he promised would create thousands of jobs. He has cast this job creating accomplishment as his qualification for governor — that is, when he's not trying to portray Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli as the Supreme Commander in the "War on Women." Although the film is online for free viewing (see link below), Citizens United has bought air time on television stations, primarily in Southwest and Southside Virginia, for several broadcasts between now and election day. That seems natural since the film focuses on McAuliffe's promises to bring those jobs to those traditionally hard pressed regions.
It seems McAuliffe tried to take the Mark Warner approach to gaining trust among voters in these heavily Republican areas. After his failed U.S. Senate bid in the 1990s, Warner used his considerable wealth to seed start-up companies throughout Virginia and built up a good rapport with various segments of the population, overcoming his Connecticut Yankee come-here persona. McAuliffe also is a native Northerner (New York) not know for his interest in Virginia politics until his 2009 run for the Democrat nomination for governor. Soundly defeated, he applied the Warner model. Or so he thought.
He told anyone who would listen that he bought a Chinese car company and was bringing those jobs to Virginia. But when state economic development officials, under then-Governor Tim Kaine, a Democrat, expressed concerns about its dubious business plan, which relied on a Byzantine federal program, the commonwealth said, "thanks, but no thanks." Instead, he went to Mississippi but, as the film demonstrates, he didn't bring any jobs. It also documents his failure to start his Franklin Pellets business, leaving hundreds of Southsiders out of luck.
"Fast Terry's" release is a bit serendipitous as it coincided with the announcement of an Obama administration investigation into McAuliffe's whether or not the whole enterprise was a ruse to sell visas to foreign executives, particularly from China, which could have had national security implications. Watch it for yourself and make up your own minds. The people of Mississippi and Southside Virginia are frank in their assessments of him and how he treated them.
Allegations that immigration officials took improper action to push through visas for unsavory individuals. See the video below: