Despite the best efforts of Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the most entertaining race in the country in 2013 is sure to be the battle for Virginia governor, pitting Republican Ken "The Cooch" Cuccinelli against Democrat Terry "The Macker" McAuliffe: two divisive candidates in a fierce battle in a purple state just outside D.C.
On Wednesday, BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski spotted two embarrassing passages in McAuliffe's 2007 memoir What a Party. In one case, he dodged out of the hospital as his wife was about to give birth to his daughter Sarah, hitting up a party for a reporter instead.
I was trying hard not to appear restless, but I am not one to sit still for long and soon I was going stir-crazy, which drove [McAuliffe's wife] Dorothy nuts. 'Isn't there something you need to do?' she finally said. I told her The Washington Post was having a party that evening for Lloyd Grove, who wrote the 'Reliable Source' column. 'Go!' she said. 'You're like a caged animal here. I'll call you if I need you.' I went flying out the door and drove to the party.
So at least his wife was understanding in that case. But when his son Peter was born, he insisted on stopping off at a union dinner to raise cash for the Democratic Party. Dorothy was less pleased this time. "We got to the dinner and by then Dorothy was in tears, and I left her with Justin and went inside," he wrote, but shrugged, "Nobody ever said life with me was easy."