Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe reinvents image as state CEO

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe reinvents image as state CEO”

McAuliffe will hand over the Executive Mansion to Gov. -elect Ralph Northam on Saturday, but according to Virginia traditions, the departing governor gives a going-away speech to members of the House of Delegates and the state Senate.

Though McAuliffe won't be around to push for legislation in the 2018 session, he crafted the two-year budget lawmakers will refine over the next 60 days.

But Republicans took a different view of McAulife's farewell speech.

Reinforcing a key theme of his governorship, McAuliffe took a final victory lap over his record on economic development. These GOP lawmakers contend that Virginia's economic picture is not as bright as McAuliffe portrays it.

Terry McAuliffe says his proudest achievement during his four years in office was restoring voting and other civil rights to thousands of felons who had completed their sentences.

Gov. McAuliffe spoke not just to legislators but to everyday Virginians as he recited progress the state had made during his term.

McAuliffe said the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was a dark moment in his term.

"I think the fact that I was the first governor to receive such an honor only underscores what a truly historic four years this has been", McAuliffe said.

Although Virginia has changed since the beginning of his four years in office, McAuliffe said there's still more that can be done. In their response to the outgoing governor's address, Senator Ben Chafin (R-38) said McAuliffe hasn't done anything to help his district. Kirk Cox as House speaker.

"Witnessing the bigotry and violence" during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer was the "lowest" point of his tenure, McAuliffe said. Later that day, two state troopers who monitored the event from the air died when their helicopter crashed in Albemarle County.

"I said, 'Berke, you can't send whiskey to someone in the USA military, let alone to a Muslim country, '" McAuliffe said. "He said, 'Don't worry about it".

"In the coming years, I hope you will build on that foundation by using your voices and your votes to make Virginia more equal, more just and more prosperous for all people, no matter whom they are, where they live or whom they love", McAuliffe said.

Terry McAuliffe told a national television audience he'd knock President Donald Trump to the floor if the president ever tried to intimidate him.

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