Terry McAuliffe: The Best Used Car Salesman

By C.J. Ciaramella, The Federalist - October 17, 2013

Terry McAuliffe is a man who will wrestle an alligator for a campaign contribution.


No joke. McAuliffe tussled with an eight-foot, 260-pound alligator to lock down a $15,000 contribution from a Seminole tribe chief for Jimmy Carter’s 1980 reelection campaign. It’s one of the most oft-told anecdotes about McAuliffe, usually as a sort of political sideshow story. But consider: McAuliffe was just 23 years old,  and he had already learned one of the most valuable lessons, if not the most valuable lesson, of his career — You don’t become the best rainmaker in politics without occasionally getting in the mud and wrestling for it.

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