Terry McAuliffe’s Transition Committee may be more of the same or just a fluke


    Cross-posted from that paragon of journalism and reporting Richmond Progressive Examiner.

    While I would like nothing more than to believe that Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is unequivocal in his opposition to uranium mining in Virginia until the science proves such an endeavor safe for Virginians (not for the foreseeable future), we are dealing in politics, a world where positions can change with the blink of an eye. With this in mind, it’s concerning to note that at least one member of Gov. McAuliffe’s “transition team” has ties to Virginia Uranium Inc. (VUI).

    As Co-chair of McAuliffe’s Transition Committee, former Virginia delegate Whitt Clement is situated in an authoritative position steer Terry McAuliffe in a direction altogether different than the one he announced shortly following his election on November 5th.  Clement was a delegate of the 20th District from 1988-2002, a district which encompassed Danville and parts of Pittsylvania County. More alarmingly, Clement is also a former lobbyist for VUI and the brother-in-law of VUI President and Chief Executive Officer, Walter Coles Sr.

    While this correlation is not a cause for turning McAuliffe’s veto promise on its head, it is a reminder that until the issue of uranium mining has been settled once and for all (i.e., uranium mining banned indefinitely), pro-mining advocates will continue to spin their webs under the radar of the public’s attention until they achieve their objective.

    I cannot imagine that Gov. McAuliffe would so clearly announce his intent to veto any bill that sought to lift the moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia until the process was unequivocally proven safe only to reverse his position months or years later, but in the world of politics, policy positions can change as quick as the direction of the wind.

    For the time being, Gov. McAuliffe should be given a cautious benefit of the doubt. We did just help elect him, after all.  

    • RSK342

      This is one of the things that makes you sound farleft, if mcauliffe ran on a far left campaign he would of lost.  

    • Courtesy of VPAP:

      *Appalachian Power Co (Big Coal)

      *Northrop Grumman (military industrial)

      *CheckSmart Financial Co (payday lender)


    • DJRippert

      Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill.  So, McAuliffe has picked some ex-lobbyists for the transition team.  My sources tell me that McAuliffe had offered Snow White the position but she was unavailable.  In a similar vein, e-mailed offers to Mother Teresa to come down from heaven and lead the transition team went nowhere.  All attempts to locate the reincarnated Mahatma Gandhi also proved futile.

      First, it’s a transition team not the Supreme Court.  Second, anybody who knows Richmond is going to have been corrupted in acquiring that knowledge.  Finally, McAuliffe’s legendary fund raising ability was a big reason he won.  It will be a big reason that others win as well.  Let McAuliffe keep the peace with all sides of the Democratic Party.  The last thing you want is the kind of civil war being fought over on the Republican side of the world.  Will you soon be declaring people DINOs – Democrats in Name Only?

      Let’s let governor-elect McAuliffe get into office before we decide that he sold out to uranium (or any other) interests.