White House wants McAuliffe after Virginia gubernatorial loss

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White House wants McAuliffe after Virginia gubernatorial loss

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. 

Both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris stumped for McAuliffe in the closing days of the campaign in an unsuccessful bid to shore up enough Democratic support for a McAuliffe victory.

Former Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe
According to sources, the White House is looking to tap former Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe for a position in Biden’s administration.
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Joe Biden, Terry McAuliffe
Terry McAuliffe (right) admitted that he felt there was a lot of “headwinds” from DC that quite possibly impeded his campaign.
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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.”

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe cheers as he takes the stage during a campaign event at Caboose Commons on November 1, 2021 in Fairfax, Virginia.
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe cheers as he takes the stage during a campaign event at Caboose Commons on November 1, 2021 in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Biden spent most of his time blaming everyone except himself and his administration while on the campaign trail for former Virginia gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Biden spent most of his time blaming everyone except himself and his administration while on the campaign trail for former Virginia gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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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.”

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