Hillary’s brother back in the news

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonNavarro on Trump: 'He's unfit to be human' Ice Cube: 'I will never endorse a mothaf---a' like Trump Would internet transition have an impact on current US election? MORE’s brothers, Tony and Hugh, were often entertaining, sometimes alarming White House presences, but they had largely disappeared from public view as their brother-in-law left the White House and their older sister became U.S. senator and then secretary of State.

So I took note when I read Mark Leibovich’s admiring, even loving, profile of Bill Clinton’s best buddy, the irrepressible Terry McAuliffe. (The long profile of the former president’s fundraiser/rescuer extraordinaire appears in next Sunday’s New York Times magazine but is available online).

McAuliffe, Leibovich reports, now has a new business, Greentech, a manufacturer of the MyCar, a tiny, two-seater electric vehicle, and that’s where Hillary’s brother Tony Rodham comes in. It’s a throwaway line — “The board of its primary investment group is led by Hillary Clinton’s brother” — and Leibovich doesn’t say which brother is helping to raise money for the venture.

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A bit of research finds that the brother is Anthony “Tony” Rodham, now president and CEO of Gulf Coast Funds Management. Once married — in the Rose Garden in 1994 — now divorced from Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerDem senator pushes EPA on asbestos regulations Trump was wrong: Kaine is a liberal in a moderate's clothing Feds weigh whether carbon pollution should be measured in highway performance MORE’s (D-Calif.) daughter Nicole, Tony came under fire for pushing for a presidential pardon in 2000 for carnival operators who had been convicted of bank fraud and to whom he had a financial tie.

Greentech currently has a plant in Horn Lake, Miss., where the cars’ parts will be made — Leibovich writes that McAuliffee “purchased a company from China and moved it back to the United States” — and will have a giant plant in China where the cars will be assembled. McAuiffe, who emerges as a hyper-optimistic and energetic in Leibovich’s words, is running for governor of Virginia in 2013.

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