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Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and confidante of Bill and Hillary Clinton, has reportedly used his extensive political Rolodex to repeatedly land lucrative investments and cash out at the right moment. His last venture — an electric-car company called GreenTech that was supposed to pad his job-creating credentials after his failed 2009 bid for Virginia governor — is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Meanwhile, GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the state attorney general, has been one of the most strident anti-abortion voices in the state, supporting a controversial so-called personhood bill that would have given legal rights to human embryos. Cuccinelli is a favorite of the tea party.
How do the voters feel about their options? "They're both idiots," Rob Piester, resident of Arlington, told Khan in October. "They both have this sleaze about them."
Detroit's infrastructure is sagging, crime and corruption remain high, and, as a final kick in the butt, it filed for bankruptcy in July and its major spending decisions are now handled by a state-appointed emergency financial manager.
"All of this begs the question," asks Steve Miller. "Who would want to be mayor of the nation’s punch line?"
The answer, it seems, is a pair of candidates whose trajectories may need as much of a recovery as the city they hope to oversee. It certainly isn’t sitting Mayor Dave Bing, who announced in May he would not seek re-election.
The campaign has the look and feel of any other mayoral race in a major U.S. city. Candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan will raise and spend millions before the Nov. 5 election in pursuit of an office some blame for being part of the city’s storied economic hardships.
But the outcome may not matter much.
“Whoever is elected mayor will not have any power right away,” said Bill Ballenger, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. “He will have to wait and see how quickly the city can emerge.”
Seven out of very eight voters in New Jersey said they were worried about the direction of the nation’s economy over the next year. This figure is nearly identical to the proportion who said they were worried four years ago. In terms of New Jersey’s own economy, six in ten voters said it was not good. Only three in ten said the state’s economy had improved at all over the last year–the same proportion who said it had worsened over that same period. Four in ten voters said the economy has not changed.
One year after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state, one-fourth of New Jersey voters said they were severely affected by the storm, and seven in eight voters said they approved of Gov. Chris Christie’s handling of the problems it caused.
Congratulations to Governor Christie on his impressive re-election victory tonight,” said Chairman Priebus. “During his first term, the governor proved that Republican principles get results—even in a state the pundits like to call a ‘blue state.’ He brought fiscal responsibility to Trenton, and he brought tax relief to families. He put students before special interests, and in everything he stayed true to his word.
In this race Governor Christie earned significant support among minority voters. That’s a testament to the success of his results-oriented leadership and an inclusive campaign. During this race, the RNC worked alongside the Christie campaign to engage early and often with Hispanic, African American and Asian voters.
Governor Christie ran an excellent race, but more importantly, he’s been a successful governor. New Jersey residents know he’s a man they can trust, and I’m confident he will continue to deliver results for the Garden State in his second term. Chris Christie cruised to re-election in New Jersey Tuesday, it's not yet clear exactly how much of the vote Christie will win.
Thomas Paine re-enactor John Wallmeyer, a member of four different Tea Party organizations, waits with fellow Republican supporters for poll numbers and election results at Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli's election night event in Richmond, Virginia, November 5, 2013. Cuccinelli is facing Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)