Former Virginia Democratic Gov. Douglas Wilder had some harsh words Wednesday for current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
“McAuliffe’s lack of state government experience will not go unnoticed,” Wilder tweeted. A Virginian-Pilot article detailing McAuliffe’s inexperience accompanied the tweet.
In his second run for Virginia’s highest office, McAuliffe finds himself in the unusual position of aspiring to a post without having come up through the legislature or another wing of state government.
That makes him something of an anomaly. Going back 30 years, every governor save one – Mark Warner, now a U.S. senator – either served in the General Assembly or in the statewide elected offices of attorney general or lieutenant governor. …
In a recent interview, McAuliffe wouldn’t give specific responses when asked about technical aspects of legislative and governor’s office operations. Asked if he could name the positions in the governor’s Cabinet, for instance, McAuliffe said: “Maybe could, maybe couldn’t. That’s not what I’m going to do here today because that’s not what I’m talking about.”