The following press release is from the McAuliffe for Governor campaign. My question is, by the end of this campaign, will any reasonable Republicans continue to support the extremist Virginia Republican ticket of Ken Cuccinelli, EW Jackson and Mark Obenshain? Let’s hope not.
McAuliffe Continues to Garner Support from Prominent Virginia Republicans and Business Leaders
Four well known leaders from Northern Virginia today joined Virginians for McAuliffe and endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor because of his commitment to finding mainstream, bipartisan solutions to growing and diversifying Virginia’s economy.
The endorsers include former Republican Delegate Clint Miller, and business leaders Steve Cumbie, Tom Slater, and Til Hazel. Miller noted that he is joining Virginians for McAuliffe because “Terry is focused on issues that will improve our communities and attract businesses in Virginia.” Cumbie announced his support for McAuliffe because he “will work across the aisle to put in place policies that will again make Virginia the best state for business.”
Statement from former Republican Delegate Clint Miller:
As a former Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates I am supporting Terry McAuliffe because I feel he will work with both major parties and others to find mainstream ways to grow our economy and create jobs in Virginia. His practical sense of addressing problem areas is needed if government is to function appropriately as we go forward. Terry is focused on issues that will improve our communities and attract businesses to Virginia, like addressing our various infrastructure needs and improving our transportation and our educational systems and implementing policies to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses here.
Biography of Delegate Clint Miller:
Republican Clint Miller served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1973-1995, and served on the State Corporation Commission from 1996-2006. He maintained a music career throughout, recording “Bertha Lou” which made the “Top 100”. He earned an undergraduate degree from American University and received a law degree from Washington and Lee University Law School.
Statement from Tom Slater, Parnter, Hunton & Williams, LLP:
Terry McAuliffe has my support because he will be a pragmatic leader who will focus on the issues that will make Virginia the best state for business and the best state to raise a family. He is committed to making our economy stronger by improving our transportation and education systems, and will work with Republicans and Democrats to put in place commonsense policies that will encourage more businesses and innovators to locate here in the Commonwealth.
Biography of Tom Slater:
Thomas G. Slater, Jr. is a Partner of Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond. In his role, he serves as chair emeritus for the firm’s litigation, labor and competition practices, and has over 30 years’ experience handling antitrust and competition trials. He is currently the Director of the Virginia 4-H Foundation Board, and the Chairman of the Virginia Historical Society Board of Trustees.
Statement from John T. “Til” Hazel:
Today I am announcing my support for Terry McAuliffe for Governor. I am confident that Terry will find mainstream solutions to improving Virginia’s economy and investing in our communities. Having been a businessman here in Virginia for 40 years, I believe it is critical that we have a governor in the Commonwealth who will strengthen our education and transportation systems in order for us to attract and keep the best businesses here. I know that Terry McAuliffe will make job creation in Virginia his number one priority, and that is why I ask you to join me in supporting Terry for governor.
Biography of John T. “Til” Hazel:
John T. “Til” Hazel is a prominent attorney, real estate developer, and visionary advocate for Northern Virginia and the economic engine it is today. In 1992, Hazel founded the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, a statewide group of influential business leaders who are outspoken advocates for higher education. Hazel is a long-time George Mason University supporter and served as a member of Mason’s advisory board in 1963 and was active in the formation of the George Mason University Foundation in 1966. He was appointed a member of the university’s first Board of Visitors, serving from 1972 to 1983. He was the BOV’s rector from 1976 to 1978 and from 1982 to 1983.
Statement from Steve Cumbie, CEO, NV Commercial Inc.:
I am endorsing Terry McAuliffe for Governor because he will work across the aisle to put in place policies that will again make Virginia the best state for business. He is focused on mainstream issues, like transportation and education, which will create more opportunities for future generations of Virginians and ensure that our economy remains competitive in the 21st Century.
Biography of Steve Cumbie:
Cumbie is Chief Executive Officer and Principal of NVCommercial Incorporated, NVRetail and the Metro Realty group. Prior to founding NVCommercial, NVRetail and Metro Realty Group, Cumbie was President from 1977 to 1983 of Elm Street Development (formerly NVLand Incorporated), a residential land development company. Cumbie has served in leadership roles in numerous community, business and charitable organizations in Northern Virginia including the current Chair of INOVA Health System and membership on the Boards of Directors of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, NVR Inc., INOVA, Potomac Bank of Virginia and UNC College of Arts and Sciences Foundation. Cumbie was also appointed to the Virginia Public Buildings Board by Governor Mark Warner and the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners by Governor Tim Kaine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1970 and received a Masters in Business Administration from UNC in 1973.