Unlike many other Democrats, Governor McAuliffe has not criticized the Redskins name. He is now actively pursuing a new Redskin’s stadium in Virginia. [read_more]
“I am aggressively pursuing the deal, but in fairness we aggressively pursue every deal. We don’t leave any stones unturned,” he said. “There is an interest — they are aggressively looking for a new stadium opportunity…We have 66 percent of the season ticket holders in Virginia. Every player lives in Virginia.”
“It has got to be a deal that works for the Redskins but that also works for the Commonwealth of Virginia, so we have our Loudoun team showing them different sites. We have a couple potential other sites that we’re looking at, that we are very aggressively going at. I would love to have the Redskins come to the Commonwealth of Virginia. It’s where they belong.”
The Redskins have 12 years remaining on their lease at their current stadium in Maryland but the owner, Dan Snyder, would like the team to move to a new stadium sooner. Some Washington DC officials have said they don’t want the team in the city as long as their name remains the same. Since most season ticket holders live in Virginia it makes sense for the Redskins to play in Virginia.