For months, the governor’s race in Virginia has unfolded beneath a cloud of scandal over the Republican incumbent that spread to his would-be Republican successor, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II.
But now a potential scandal also threatens to distract the campaign of the Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe.
An electric car company Mr. McAuliffe founded is a target of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, government documents show.
The venture, GreenTech Automotive, was already a flash point because of the failure of enthusiastic promises of jobs made by Mr. McAuliffe, the former Democratic fund-raiser known for his showmanship and close friendship with Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The S.E.C. investigation has the potential to elevate GreenTech in the campaign by focusing on Mr. McAuliffe’s history of mingling politics and business, as investigators target the company’s fund-raising arm run by Anthony Rodham, a brother of Mrs. Clinton’s. The commission is focused on possible fraud involving foreign investors in GreenTech, according to government documents.
There’s a very real possibility that all of the good Clinton luck left over from their deal with Satan is being held in reserve for Hillary’s presidential run and there is none that can be spared for the sleaziest member of the old band. He’s been able to lead a charmed political life thus far but the S.E.C. can make even the luckiest lefty’s life miserable.