Governor McAuliffe had accepted an invitation to attend this fundraising event. As the group approached from the west, Governor McAuliffe was spotted approaching from the east. At first, he obviously didn't understand what was happening as he continued to approach his destination. However, when he realized a group protesting Dominion's "energy super highway" was waiting at the door of the event he was to attend, he abruptly changed course and ducked into the restaurant next door.
He chose to refuse to acknowledge or speak to the group consisting of people who worked for and helped elect him last fall. Rather than defend his position in favor of the pipeline, he hid in a restaurant like a frightened child. Really bad form, Governor McAuliffe!