McAuliffe Called In By State Democrats As Substitute Off Weak And Desperate Abortion Party Bench
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by Guest Blogger Stephen J. Rossie

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAullife announced last week that he would not seek the Democrat nomination for president in 2020. Instead, now that the commonwealth's top three statewide abortion-on-demand Democrats have been rendered politically radioactive, he will heed the begging call of Virginia's abortion-on-demand legislative candidates, who desperately need a rainmaker to replace the mega campaign cash they expected to raise from the now politically toxic Governor Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring. 

But what's the difference? During his election campaign in 2013, McAuliffe proudly boasted of being a "brick wall" for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, which in turn flushed him with millions of dollars in donations. The bought-and-paid for McAuliffe delivered with over-the-top and unprecedented "veto ceremonies" in which he vetoed commonsense legislation supported by a majority of Virginians, such as diverting funds that go to the profit-turning abortion industry to true women's non-profit health providers. In short, he supports the same ghoulish abortion-on-demand and infanticide legislation in the infamous bill introduced by Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax County) and shockingly rationalized by Northam, a pediatrician by trade, during an interview that disturbed the entire country. 

Now, desperate to increase their flailing chances because of the gross embarrassment Northam, Fairfax and Herring have brought to our commonwealth with their hypocrisy on race and women and their gross support of infanticide, House and Senate Democrats — desperate to win a majority to implement New York and California style laws on abortion, exorbitant taxes and restrictions on religious liberty, parental rights and free speech — have offered McAuliffe the consolation prize of another nomination for governor in 2021 since his fledgling presidential bid went belly up in exchange for his to work this fall to prop up their campaigns. 

In fact, what McAuliffe couldn't do legislatively during his term because of a pro-life majority in the General Assembly, he tried to do administratively through an illegal regulatory process that The Family Foundation successfully defeated in court this Spring. Now, he looks forward to returning to the Executive Mansion with a Democrat majority to finally pay off his abortion industry benefactors once and for all. 

Now that McAuliffe is back in Virginia to shore up the Democrats' bench, maybe he will take some time finally to answer some unanswered questions, such as what exactly did he discuss with disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in advance of his wife's (eventually failed) Virginia Senate campaign in 2015. 


Stephen J. (Steve) Rossie is a Richmond-based public and government relations’ consultant. He has been a General Assembly lobbyist for The Family Foundation and others since 2006, was the founding TFF Blog Editor (2007-2014) and has written about Virginia government since 2007, including his column, Capitol Square Diary. He can be contacted at staff04@familyfoundation.org