- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe does not let an opportunity go by for a fun ride - even in the middle of historic snowstorm.

The governor took a break from storm briefings and conference calls to give a pep talk to snowplow drivers and take a plow out for a quick spin Saturday at a Virginia Department of Transportation operation center in suburban Richmond.

After a few minutes of chitchat with plow drivers inside a garage, McAuliffe asked: “All right, which plow am I driving?”

While doing a quick loop in the truck while a VDOT employee coached him how to drive the large truck, other plow drivers watched and quietly critiqued the governor’s plowing style. The verdict? His lines weren’t the straightest, and he could go a bit faster.

The governor took off at a quick clip but soon slowed down. McAuliffe said he was following orders from his coach.

“He kept saying, ‘You gotta slow down now, governor. You gotta slow down.’ I said, ‘all right, all right, I’ll slow down.’”

The ebullient governor, who often says he’s having more fun at his job than the other 49 governors, has frequently hopped behind the wheel of whatever vehicle happens to be around at news conferences or other events. In a recent trade mission to Cuba, McAuliffe drove a 1956 Chevy Bel Air through the streets of Havana.

After driving the plow truck, McAuliffe joked that he had found his next job.

“I’ll do the night shift,” McAuliffe said.

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