Virginia Rivals Criticize McAuliffe’s DNC Tenure at Governor Debate

Posted April 30, 2009 at 10:28am

Terry McAuliffe‘s two rivals for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia have identified a new target: his tenure as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

In a debate Wednesday night in Blacksburg, Va. — 41 days before the June 9 primary, and the candidates’ second debate in as many days — former state Rep. Brian Moran noted that McAuliffe’s service as party chief coincided with the first term of President George W. Bush (2001-05) and a period of Republican gains in Congress.

“Under your chairmanship, Terry, our Democratic Party lost 10 seats in the House, six seats in the Senate and the presidency of the United States to George W. Bush, the worst president in modern American history,” Moran said.