The Campaign Spot

Terry McAuliffe’s Flexible Definition of ‘Successful’

From the last Morning Jolt until July 1:

Oh, Terry.

McAuliffe is at it again, hoping you don’t pay any attention to anything but what he says.

While McAuliffe is viewed by many as an entrepreneur and businessman, the Republican campaign has been quick to point out two of McAuliffe’s ventures, GreenTech and new energy firm Franklin Pellets, have shown sluggish growth.

McAuliffe conceded the businesses haven’t taken off as rapidly as he’d hoped during a visit to nearby Loudoun County on June 14.

“I’ve been involved in starting two very 21st-century innovative businesses. They’re both start-ups. They’re both successful today at different elements in what they’re doing. They take time, maybe they take longer than we’d hope,” he said.

Define “successful.”

An upstart electric car company made the promise of providing hundreds of new jobs in North Mississippi almost one year ago. Taxpayers helped foot the bill to land Greentech Automotive, and now they want a return on their investment.

When a company commits to creating hundreds of jobs, it gets people’s attention.

Now model cars are gone from outside of the plant. The only evidence Action News 5 investigators found of any electric car production were a couple of cars whizzing around the parking lot after our crew started filming.

Based on last year’s announcement this facility should be booming by now.

For months, the Action News 5 Investigators asked to get back inside Greentech to see the operation and the Mid-Southerners hired to fill those promised positions. Greentech Vice President Marianne McInerney denied our requests each time, but share 78 employees worked inside.