McAuliffe talking about the “party”, not DNC in critical comments
It is the kind of declaration that could make for awkward company for a current statewide candidate and one who hopes to be a statewide candidate. Terry McAuliffe, a former and potentially future, candidate for governor of Virginia, was captured on camera giving his frank and brutal assessment of the national democratic party.
Take a look at his remarks at a fundraiser for Del. Scott Surovell. The interesting stuff hits at about 6:40 of this video:
(h/t to Blue Virginia)
McAuliffe did not hold back on the state of the party, calling it a “disgrace” with “no message”. He went on to say that the huge losses in the 2010 election were shameful.
The comments lead a few prominent democratic bloggers to draw a connection between McAuliffe’s statements on the democratic party to the national organization responsible for managing its operation, the DNC. A DNC that was run by Chairman Tim Kaine during the time McAuliffe is critical of.
Kaine of course, is seeking the democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
McAuliffe aide Levar Stoney told me that the blogosphere went too far.
“It doesn’t relate to Governor Kaine at all,” said Stoney. “Terry believes Kaine was aggressive in his role as Chairman, but he didn’t get any help.”
Help, Stoney said from the hundreds of democratic candidates across America who ran in 2010. McAuliffe believes that many of them did not take the advice of Kaine to push and own the accomplishments of President Barack Obama. By going out on their own, McAuliffe contends the message became muddled.
“If we don’t have a message the Republicans will define it,” he can be heard saying on the video.
Stoney said that this stance is not anything McAuliffe is hiding from and that he has made the point numerous times since the election. In fact he delivered almost identical remarks at the recent Loudon County Jefferson-Jackson. A dinner that was also attended by Tim Kaine.