Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

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Report: 'Fast Terry' Film Could Change Virginia Gubernatorial Election

"Fast Terry," the documentary film released by Citizens United less than a week ago, appears to have the potential to change the outcome of the Virginia gubernatorial election between the film's subject, Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, and Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli. That is the conclusion of a report on a focus group conducted of likely Virginia voters by the respected Republican opinion research firm McLaughlin and Associates obtained by Breitbart News. Jul 31, 2013 3:11 PM PT

McAuliffe, GreenTech Investor Pitch Relies on Stricter Emission Standards

A 2009 Private Placement Memorandum designed to raise $50 million for GreenTech Automotive, the company where Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe served as chairman from March 2010 until December 2012, stated that the startup company's electric and hybrid vehicle operations are a "good business opportunity" due to the expectation that stricter emission standards will be enacted in the United States. Jul 30, 2013 10:34 AM PT

Virginia Democrats Organize Press Call, McAuliffe Takes No Questions

A heavily promoted press call organized by the Democratic Party of Virginia on women's issues designed to support the gubernatorial campaign of Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe lasted less than 15 minutes on Tuesday. It ended when the moderator closed the call without taking any questions from the press. Breitbart News was on the call and attempted to ask a question, but the system apparently did not recognize our attempt to pose an inquiry. Jul 30, 2013 10:16 AM PT

Major Virginia Paper: Film 'Fast Terry' Flays McAuliffe

On Monday the Virginian-Pilot published the first review of Fast Terry, the new documentary film produced by the conservative non-profit group Citizens United, and it is not good news for the film's subject, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia. Jul 30, 2013 7:30 AM PT

Poll: Weiner Drops to Fourth Place in Mayoral Race

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner's bid to become mayor of New York City took another hit Monday when a poll released by Quinnipiac University showed that he has dropped to fourth place in the Democratic primary. Jul 29, 2013 3:57 PM PT

Lindsey Graham Likely to Face Several Primary Challengers

Senator Lindsey Graham, who already has one announced challenger in the 2014 South Carolina Republican primary for the United States Senate in businessman Richard Cash, may soon face two more challengers. Jul 28, 2013 6:52 PM PT

New York City Chapter of NOW Silent on Latest Weiner Developments

On Thursday, NOW-NYC, which describes itself as "the founding chapter of the National Organization for Women," refused to take a stance on whether disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner should remain in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York. Jul 25, 2013 4:38 PM PT

Obama's DHS Deputy Secretary Nominee at Center of IG Investigation

On Thursday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held hearings on the confirmation of current U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas to become Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. No Republican Senators participated in the hearings. Jul 25, 2013 4:17 PM PT

Former GreenTech Employee: 'We Wasn't Doing Anything'

Two local television stations, NBC affiliates in Richmond, Virginia and Memphis, Tennessee, are reporting the comments of a former GreenTech Automotive production line employee who says that the company's Horn City, Mississippi manufacturing plant produced only 30 electric vehicles during the year and a half he worked there. Most of the time, he says, "we wasn't doing anything." Jul 25, 2013 8:46 AM PT

IRS Chief Counsel's Role in Tea Party Targeting Under Scrutiny

The ongoing scandal involving Internal Revenue Service targeting of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status took a step closer to the White House last week when testimony from retiring IRS tax law specialist Carter Hull before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee pointed investigators directly to the agency's Office of Chief Counsel. Jul 24, 2013 12:09 PM PT

Sen. Mark Warner Dragged Into Visa Controversy by McAuliffe Email

Three years ago, according to newly released emails, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe dropped the name of Senator Mark Warren (D-VA) into an email to a DHS official requesting the official's intervention on behalf of the company he chaired at the time, GreenTech Automotive. McAuliffe's use of the Virginia Senator's name may drag the Senator into an unwelcome political controversy. Jul 24, 2013 11:58 AM PT

Feds Investigating Official Who Awarded Visa to Investor in McAuliffe's Company

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security has launched an investigation into U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas. He made a decision to overrule the denial of a visa to an investor in GreenTech Automotive, a company that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe served as chairman of from 2010 to 2012. Jul 23, 2013 12:58 PM PT

Mississippi Has Disbursed Entire $5 Million Loan to McAuliffe's GreenTech

Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager at the Mississippi Development Authority, confirmed in an email to Breitbart News on Monday that the Mississippi state agency responsible for economic development has disbursed $5 million in loan proceeds to the GreenTech Automotive electric vehicle manufacturing project in Tunica County, Mississippi. Jul 22, 2013 8:24 PM PT

McAuliffe Stumbles in First Debate with Cuccinelli

Conservative commentators saw the the event as a big win for Cuccinelli, while the Democratic Party of Virginia and the McAuliffe campaign itself failed to even make the obligatory immediate post-debate claims of victory, according to Shaun Kenney, editor of the influential Bearing Drift, a blog about Virginia politics. Jul 22, 2013 11:23 AM PT

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