Possible Conflict of Interest Takes Center Stage Before Virginia Gubernatorial Debate


As Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates approach their first possible debate, questions of a possible conflict of interest are muddying the waters.

The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) has invited both former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat candidate for his old job, and Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate for governor, to debate. The VBA customarily hosts a debate between the state’s gubernatorial candidates.

The two most recent debates, as reported by Breitbarthave been moderated by PBS’ Judy Woodruff. She moderated the gubernatorial debate between McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli in 2013, during a race that McAuliffe eventually won.

Star News Education Foundation Journalism ProjectBut in 2010, Woodruff gave $250 to the Clinton Foundation’s “Clinton Haiti Relief Fund,” after a massive earthquake struck the island nation. That supposed charity initiative became the subject of serious corruption claims.

Not only has Woodruff shown her preference for Democrats by donating to the Clinton-run organization, but McAuliffe himself was a Clinton Foundation board member as late as 2004. He was later a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, where he was party to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe into that organization.

McAuliffe’s campaign has gladly accepted the VBA’s invite to debate, and has used the Youngkin campaign’s hesitancy as a talking point.

Glenn still won’t agree to participate in the VBA debate, a time-honored Virginia tradition. He will do anything to hide from his job killing record and his extreme agenda. It’s past time he stop dodging tough questions and agree to this debate, which is less than 3 weeks away,” McAuliffe said on Twitter Wednesday.

According to Fox NewsYoungkin’s campaign responded by saying McAuliffe’s “dishonesty continues, and now it appears he is trying to sabotage our ongoing communications with the VBA.”

It appears that Youngkin does intend to participate in the debate.

“We look forward to getting to a resolution soon,” a spokesperson reportedly said.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Virginia Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].









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  1. John Bumpus

    Former Democrat Representative Donna Edwards from Maryland joined an MSNBC panel on Thursday to discuss voter integrity legislation. Edwards accidentally ‘let the cat out of the bag.’ If election integrity legislation is passed in the states, if Voter ID is implemented, if illegal ballot harvesting is banned, then Democrats cannot win, she said. It’s that simple.

    The Dems and McAuliffe are so obvious. If they cannot ‘fix’ the Gubernatorial Debate(s), they are at a disadvantage. This is the same old ‘stuff’ that happens every election. The Dems and McAuliffe are a ‘one trick pony.’

    Ms. Judy Woodruff is a Dem ‘shill.’ Everyone knows it. If she is the debate moderator she will do everything within her power to ‘spin’ the outcome of the debate to the Dems and against the Republicans.

    I have a modest suggestion. Why not have Peter D’Abrosca, of The Virginia Star, moderate the debate? Then the debate viewers can be assured of there being tough but fair, and honest, relevant and meaningful questions asked of each candidate. But the Dems and McAuliffe will never agree to this–he’ll be busy that day–he’ll need to ‘clean out his closet.’