Hillary’s brother back in the news

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump outlines first 100 days WATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at Va. rally Trump threatens to sue women accusing him 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.

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 BoxerCalifornia House Republicans facing tougher headwinds House and Senate water bills face billion difference Boxer, Feinstein endorse Kamala Harris in two-Dem Senate race 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.