McAuliffe Tack: Virginia Is for Garbage Lovers
He's leading Dem race for governor with new zeal for solid waste
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 20, 2009 10:06 AM CDT
Former Democratic party chairman and gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe speaks during the Jefferson/Jackson Democratic fundraising event in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – For Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic party chief turned Virginia gubernatorial candidate, the way to Old Dominion’s heart runs through trash. “I love trash," he tells Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. "I love chicken litter, cow manure, garbage. This is the kind of thing that gets me excited.” Apparently, this is how a slick transplant from New York reinvents himself for Virginia.

The thing is, it's working. McAuliffe is expected to win the Democratic primary in June. The irrepressible candidate has been doing workdays in different professions, as a barber, as a firefighter, and at a landfill. “We've got to be educating students that this is a field to go into,” he says of his new zeal for solid waste. “I wouldn't call it garbage. Spice it up a bit. Look what I've done for chicken waste in this state!”