Team Clinton is rolling out more big guns to help their favorite in the Virginia gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic Party chairman under President Clinton — and Bill and Hillary Clinton’s main fundraiser.

The latest in: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In an email to supporters sent late Tuesday, she said, “In order to move our country forward, we need exceptional leaders like Terry. His skills and values are sorely needed to help keep Virginia on the path towards growth and progress.”

It’s just the latest sign of how hard the Clintons are trying to get McAuliffe his first-ever elected job while snuffing out conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli himself sent out an email Tuesday warning that the Clintons have an ulterior motive in helping McAuliffe: They want the state ready for Hillary's 2016 presidential campaign.

"So far, Hillary Clinton is expected to hold a minimum of three events for Terry in the final three weeks of the campaign, including one in New York City and one in Beverly Hills. That’s right, liberal Democrats in New York and Hollywood are trying to buy the Virginia Governor's mansion," he warned in his email.

“Don't be fooled by the Clinton's -- they know how to play the political game, and they're hoping Terry will be elected so they can use Virginia as a springboard for Hillary's presidential run in 2016. We cannot let that happen,” added Cuccinelli, who trails McAuliffe by 7 points in the latest Christopher Newport University poll.

From Albright:

Friend —

Loyal opposition has a respected place in any democracy.

But as someone who's spent my entire career reaching out to others, I'm pained by the antics of Ken Cuccinelli and his Tea Party friends.

The next governor of Virginia faces a lot of challenges, and he'll need to work with people of all backgrounds and points of view to address them.

That's why I'm supporting my friend Terry McAuliffe. It's clear that Terry is the right person to lead Virginia, but he's facing a serious challenge from Ken Cuccinelli. He needs all of us to step up and help him educate voters about the differences between his plans for the Commonwealth and his opponent's.

Will you donate $5 to help Terry reach his Rapid Response goal by midnight and make sure he has the resources he needs to get to Richmond?

I know you're probably as frustrated as I am right now — it feels like nothing's getting done in Washington these days.

As Secretary of State during the Clinton administration, I used diplomacy to advance America's national interests. And I came away from that experience with a strong belief in the value of cooperation and compromise to achieve important goals.

I've known Terry for a long time. He's driven, hardworking, and, above all, a man of his word.

So if he's talking on the campaign trail about working with any and everyone to improve education, diversify the economy, and create good jobs for Virginians, you can be sure that's what he'll do as governor.

Will you donate $5 before midnight to help Terry meet his last Rapid Response Fund goal?

In order to move our country forward, we need exceptional leaders like Terry. His skills and values are sorely needed to help keep Virginia on the path towards growth and progress.

Thank you for supporting Terry McAuliffe. I know how much he appreciates everything you've already done.


Madeleine Albright

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