For an upstart electric-car company with big ambitions, its ties to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe have been both a blessing and a curse.
The company, GreenTech, is now front and center in Virginia’s 2013 race for governor, and its critics are raising questions about political favoritism, national-security risks, and the government’s role in foreign investments—unwelcome attention for the struggling firm. McAuliffe defended his role in the company in a recent op-ed.
But troubles began for two GreenTech executives before McAuliffe became its chairman and well before he launched his Democratic bid for governor.
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