RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- New developments in a federal investigation of a program that offers U.S. visas to foreign investors have Virginia Republicans attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and the electric-car firm with ties to China that he headed.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that President Barack Obama's pick for the Homeland Security Department's No. 2 spot is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, Anthony Rodham.
That company worked closely with GreenTech Automotive when McAuliffe was its chairman and it opened a plant in Mississippi.
Republican Ken Cuccinelli, battling ethics questions of his own for ties to troubled nutritional supplements maker Star Scientific and CEO Jonnie Williams, sought to link McAuliffe to the foreign visa probe.
McAuliffe says the investigation doesn't involve him.
A new ad from the Republican Governors Association targets McAuliffe's ties to the company.
Local Democrats think this isn't going to get much play. "When someone has been in business as long as McAuliffe, when he's created as many companies, when he's created as many jobs, certainly there are going to be connections to people who may get into trouble. I think as far as a scandal, this one is pretty thin-gruel," said Joe Fitzgerald, who's Democratic Chair for the 6th Congressional District Race.
Republicans are continuing to question McAuliffe's ties to the company.