Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's staying out of the Shockoe Bottom ballpark debate that's flummoxed Richmond for the better part of a year. But he also says he likes the idea.
"I would be very supportive," McAuliffe told Style after an economic development announcement in Scott's Addition last week. "I mean, I look at Shockoe Bottom out of my window. … I would love to see economic activity there. But they've got to make the decision about what makes sense here."
Earlier this year there were rumors that McAuliffe was pushing for the ballpark behind the scenes. One City Council member called his unscheduled appearance at a February council meeting with Mayor Dwight Jones a thinly veiled show of political force.
McAuliffe flatly denies making any such appeals on behalf of Jones, the chairman of the state Democratic Party.
Mayor Jones' ballpark proposal stalled in May after a majority of City Council members said they wouldn't support it. Jones withdrew the plan before it could be voted down, promising to bring it back later.
The mayor's chief of staff, Grant Neely, says the administration still plans to reintroduce the proposal.