As Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe readies to leave office and prepares for a presidential run, he is showing signs that he plans to campaign as a major jobs creator and political unifier.
That became clear when on Friday he broke from his past of announcing pockets of jobs growth to delivering a comprehensive three-and-a-half year total of adding 215,000 "new jobs" in the commonwealth.
What's more he said that income has jumped in the state.
And in his release, he took repeated swipes at Washington and seized on the frustration many Americans, especially Democrats, have with the inability of either side to deal.
"I'm proud of the work we have done creating jobs and increasing wages, but continued dysfunction in Washington means we must work harder than ever to build a new Virginia economy," said McAuliffe, the longtime Clinton ally who is only allowed to serve one term.
@TerryMcAuliffe w/@BrewDog James & Sarah promoting @Hardywood in London & #GloucesterVa crowdsourcing effort @AgForestryVA #VaCraftBeer pic.twitter.com/ywkKUbpOmh— Todd Haymore (@VACommTrade) June 29, 2017
McAuliffe has sometimes struggled to bipartisanship on key issues, but has built a solid reputation as a jobs promoter in Virginia. He often travels the state to help new openings and has been a huge cheerleader of the state's booming brewery expansion.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org