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Congressman: McAuliffe owes Virginians explanation about White House meeting

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WANTS ANSWERS: U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith says Terry McAuliffe has some explaining to do.


By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith says Terry McAuliffe owes Virginians an explanation of what was discussed in a secretive White House meeting.

McAuliffe and three top advisers representing his GreenTech Automotive company met with the Obama administration aide responsible for helping solar-panel maker Solyndra win hundreds of millions in federal loans and high-profile presidential support. Solyndra went bankrupt in 2011.

None of the parties involved in the 2010 meeting have said what was discussed. Griffith says it’s time for McAuliffe to do so.

“He wants to be governor. He has to answer,” the Abingdon Republican told Watchdog.org in an interview Tuesday.

“Obviously, some kind of discussion went on. Absent a national-security issue, it’s a legitimate question.”

At the time of the meeting, McAuliffe was working to get his electric-car company started.

Griffith, who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well as the oversight and investigations subcommittee, acknowledged that he does “not know what the White House conversation was about.”

But he was critical of the Obama administration’s “green energy” agenda.

“You always have some losers, but they did have a lot of losers during that time period,” said Griffith, noting that federal investigations are continuing into the Solyndra affair.

The congressman went on to assail McAuliffe’s maneuvers with GreenTech.

“I get it if folks don’t want to pay attention to the fact that he sent jobs to Mississippi instead of Virginia. And I suppose one can argue it’s ‘just business’ if he used his influence to get a Chinese businessman a green card and gave him permanent residence status by calling in favors.

“But now he’s being investigated by the federal government. If Terry McAuliffe can’t be trusted to be upfront with investors of his own company, what makes us think he would be any different with the people of Virginia?” Griffith said.

The McAuliffe campaign did not respond to Watchdog’s request for comment.

Kenric Ward is Watchdog’s Virginia Bureau chief. Contact him at kenric@watchdogvirginia.org or at (571) 319-9824. @Kenricward


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Kenric Ward was a former San Antonio-based reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • angeleyez

    Hillary Rodman Clinton’s younger brother, Tony Rodham, is deep into
    GreenTech’s cash for visa scandal the SEC is investigating.
    CAR AND DRIVER is warning readers not to get involved with GreenTech.

  • Candice Staebell

    Usually a secret meeting is supposed to be just that….

  • BeccaLeigh

    it’s only secret because of the lack of transparency….if it has nothing to do with national security then it’s our right to know…it’s not supposed to be a secret, moron!!

  • Candice Staebell


  • CuriousB

    This is the best they can do? I wonder, is every Republican who has a ‘secret’ meeting going to start taking a recorder along and being entirely transparent? Yeah, right! This is pathetic.