- McAuliffe green car was more politics than business

VA officials: McAuliffe green car was more politics than business

By Tori Richards |
ALEXANDRIA — On the campaign trail, Terry McAuliffe has presented his green car company as evidence of his ability to produce jobs — the key reason Virginiansshould elect him the state’s next governor in November.
As early as 2009, Virginia officials weighing McAuliffe’s proposal to open a car manufacturing plant in the commonwealth saw other motives.
“This ‘feels’ like a national political play instead of a Virginia economic development opportunity. I am not willing to stake Virginia’s reputation on this at this juncture,” wrote Liz Povar, director of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a board of elected and staff government officials tasked with growing the state’s economic climate. The governor also sits on VEDP’s board.