Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham are facing a $17 million fraud lawsuit from Chinese investors in Greentech Automotive, an electric car company that appears to be struggling to survive.A group of 32 Chinese citizens filed the suit last week in Fairfax County, Virginia court, claiming that they were swindled out of about $560,000 apiece as a result of misrepresentations made by McAuliffe and Rodham—two of the most prominent and politically connected proponents of the venture aimed at manufacturing electric cars in the U.S.Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, probably has as good a shot at 2020 as any Democratic governor does. McAuliffe likely would have likely worked in Hillary Clinton’s administration, but now that Mr. Trump is in the Oval Office, his options are still wide open in 2020. McAuliffe has had to govern in a divided purple state, where Republicans control the lower chamber of the legislature. But he’s mostly managed to navigate his time in Richmond unscathed, and has decent approval ratings above 52 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics aggregation of polling. The former Democratic National Committee chairman, legendary in Washington for his fundraising skills, represents an establishment wing of the Democratic Party.Oh, and he’s term-limited. McAuliffe’s gubernatorial term ends in January 2018, perfect timing for a presidential bid.
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