In a matter of three days, several major media outlets wrote in-depth stories on GreenTech, the green car company founded by Terry McAuliffe and it's impact on the race for Governor of Virginia.
The stories that come from the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Associated Press all echo our reporting. They also discovered that the company has not met many of the initial goals McAuliffe himself set out and many former employees were on the assembly line believed that the operation was not producing what the company was telling the public.
The Times report featured an extensive interview with GreenTech's current CEO and McAuliffe's former business partner, Charles Wang. Wang told reporter Trip Gabriel that McAuliffe pushed the company to get their production up and running quickly. The CEO believed it was purely for political purposes.
“Did Terry want to wait 10 years?” said Wang. “No. Because he wanted to run for governor again.”
Wang also told Gabriel that he often regrets going into business with the candidate.
"Politicians or people with political backgrounds are dangerous to business," he said.
"I think it was taken out of context," he said. "At the end of the day everyone is trying to build new business, trying to do entrepreneurial things."
When asked if voters may take his GreenTech venture as an example of his business acumen, McAuliffe fired off a laundry list of entrepreneurial accomplishments and argued that taking risks and learning from them is part of what will make him a good governor.
"I want to bring those experiences, the ups and downs, what you learn in business, growing an economy, doing what we need to do," he explained. "You need a Governor that is going bring a fresh approach."
As for GreenTech, McAuliffe is ready to move on. He has not made a decision on whether or not he will keep his company stock and he also has not talked to Haley Barbour the former Governor of Mississippi who helped to broker the deal to bring the company's manufacturing operation there.
"I haven't made a decision on that at all," McAuliffe said when asked about his stock in the company. "I left the company eight months ago. I am focused on running for governor. That is what I do every day."
Video from McAuliffe's visit to Redskins camp can be found below. He commends Mayor Dwight Jones and Governor Bob McDonnell for their working bringing the Skins to RVA.