The Biden administration is searching for a job to give Terry McAuliffe following his defeat in the race to be Virginia governor last week, according to a new report.
Punchbowl News reported Thursday that White House officials are looking to place the former Democratic National Committee chair somewhere in the hierarchy. The report cited “multiple high-level sources familiar with the White House’s thinking.”
It is unclear what position McAuliffe would hold, but the report noted that he is not actively seeking work in the administration.
McAuliffe, who served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018, was beaten by Republican political newcomer Glenn Youngkin — a stunning result in a state President Biden carried by 10 percentage points in 2020.
Despite McAuliffe holding an early lead in the polls, Youngkin surged in the final weeks of the race by hammering Democrats over the economy and education issues, including the implementation of critical race theory in school curricula.
Biden appeared to blame anyone but himself for the Democrat’s defeat, even invoking former President Donald Trump.
“People are upset and uncertain about a lot of things, from COVID to school to jobs to a whole range of things and the cost of a gallon of gasoline,” Biden told reporters last week. “And so if I’m able to pass and sign into the law my Build Back Better initiative, I’m in a position where you’re going to see a lot of those things ameliorated quickly and swiftly.”
However, the president added that “I’m not sure that I would be able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out in red districts who are Trump voters,” and said that he was focused on his predecessor because “the issues he supports are affecting their lives every day and they are a negative impact on their lives.”
McAuliffe himself acknowledged last month that his campaign was “facing a lot of headwinds from Washington.”
“As you know, the president is unpopular today, unfortunately, here in Virginia,” McAuliffe told surrogates in a video teleconference call that was made public. “So, we have got to plow through.”