July 25, 2013
As the election season picks up, there could be more attacks on the character and integrity of the candidates for governor. Now Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli is trying to link fellow gubernatorial candidate Democratic Terry McAuliffe to a recent federal investigation into a program that gives U.S. visas to foreign investors.
The scandal surrounds President Obama’s pick for Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. He is currently under investigation for his role in using the company, Gulf Coast Funds Management, to secure visas for people who had been denied.
Terry McAuliffe’s former company, Green-Tech Automotive, is one of Gulf Coast Funds’ clients and now Cuccinelli is trying to link McAuliffe to the investigation.
“What happens if this race turns into a race about personal integrity?” says Kyle Kondik from the UVa. Center for Politics.
“Essentially you got Cuccinelli and his connection to Jonnie Williams and Terry McAuliffe's background in Bill Clinton's fundraiser and background in Green Tech and business record, which republicans will say isn't all it's cracked up to be,” says Kondik. “So maybe that's what the race turns into.”
Kondik doesn’t believe the investigation will have a major impact on McAuliffe’s campaign.
McAuliffe says that he is not involved in the investigation.
Federal authorities have not implicated McAuliffe or his former company in wrongdoing.