Cuccinelli, McAuliffe duke it out over ethics and social issues, at an energy forum

posted at 7:01 pm on August 31, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I suppose any campaign-styled event is bound to bring out the most talked-about and advertised issues of the race, but both Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe still have pretty poor favorability ratings with Virginia voters. The deeply negative and personal race is largely becoming about the Democrats lobbing “war on women”, Todd-Akinish grenades at the Cuccinelli camp while they return fire with seedy allegations about McAuliffe’s business dealings, and it doesn’t sound like a forum about energy issues last Thursday went too differently. Via WaPo:

A joint forum on energy issues with Virginia’s main gubernatorial hopefuls devolved into sharply personal attacks Thursday as businessman Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II veered off the topic to heap scorn on each other.

“Will [Virginians] vote for someone who may enter office with a federal investigation hanging over his head?” Cuccinelli asked. “That would be a first.”

McAuliffe and outside groups have also repeatedly hammered Cuccinelli for his 2010 efforts as attorney general to procure records from Michael Mann, who was then a climate researcher at the University of Virginia. …

McAuliffe cited the Mann case as an example of why Cuccinelli would be “bad for business,” lumping it in with Cuccinelli’s positions on such social issues as abortion and gay rights.

Cuccinelli, in turn, highlighted McAuliffe’s change in position on offshore drilling. When McAuliffe ran for governor in 2009, he said he was opposed to offshore drilling in Virginia. But he has changed his position, and his campaign has attributed the switch to unspecified new technology that makes drilling safer.

I’m glad Cuccinelli made the point about McAuliffe’s flip-floppiness on offshore drilling, a major potential factor in Virginia’s economic outlook — but this race has definitely taken a turn for the staunchly negative, and as Professor Larry Sabato notes in his latest crystal-ball update, it so far looks like the advantage of that scenario is trending toward McAuliffe:

As the calendar turns to September, the nation’s marquee race in 2013 is coming into focus: Terry McAuliffe (D) now has an edge over Ken Cuccinelli (R) in the Virginia gubernatorial race, and we’re changing our rating in the contest from toss-up to LEANS DEMOCRATIC.

The decision is based on several factors, all of which seem to suggest that the former Democratic National Committee chairman is leading the state attorney general.

McAuliffe has managed to make the prospect of a Governor Cuccinelli seem scary, while Cuccinelli has “only” succeeded in making McAuliffe look like a run-of-the-mill, self-interested wealthy political hack. In this wholly negative race, that sad distinction matters.

What’s kept Cuccinelli from painting McAuliffe in even less favorable colors? The Bob McDonnell scandal (to which Cuccinelli is connected by the GOP party label and gifts from the same supplicant), his substantially lesser fundraising, E.W. Jackson’s nomination for lieutenant governor, and the defection of a sizable number of moderate Republicans led by the lieutenant governor he left as road kill, Bill Bolling.


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McAuliffe is a creep…

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Nice to see Terry come out of his shell. I guess that would make him a slug rather than a snail, judging by the trail of slime he leaves in his wake. Little known fact: Terry is protected by the ADA as overproduction of mucus is considered a disability, instead of just being a sleazeball. Has anyone actually checked his DNA to see if he’s human and not some giant, semi-sentient fungus with eyeballs drawn on?

also, I find Terry to be untrustworthy and insincere.

trubble on August 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

…what a phuckedup race!

KOOLAID2 on August 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

This race shouldn’t even be close. If Cuccinelli had kept his mouth tight about abortion and sodomy the race may have been closer. I can’t believe I’m going to be stuck with McAuliffe for 4 years. Our taxes will go up (again) ugh.

Firefly_76 on August 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Pic of the Day: Underwater, Abandoned Jesus Off Of Malta

Resist We Much on August 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM

One of the coolest photos I have ever seen! The starfish in the left hand is just superlative.

Murphy9 on August 31, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Meanwhile Obama’s war on women continues.

Police: 2 Women Gang Raped By Juveniles In Wilmington Park
Suspects Range In Age From 12 To 17-Years-Old

Anyone care to take a “wild guess” what race the gang rapists are? Whose sons they look like?

Well isn’t this a surprise. More Sons of Obama. Well knock me over with a feather.

Police say two women, ages 32 and 24, were reportedly attacked and sexually assaulted by a group of 10 to 12 black male juveniles in Kosciuszko Park at about 6:54 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the suspects, who range in age from 12 to 17-years-old, remain on the loose.

Of course, this is just yet another of those “isolated incidents” that in no way is part of any kind of pattern and it’s best just to not talk about it.

VorDaj on August 31, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Not too many Virginians care for Terry. Gee, I wonder why?

BetseyRoss on August 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

This race shouldn’t even be close. If Cuccinelli had kept his mouth tight about abortion and sodomy the race may have been closer. I can’t believe I’m going to be stuck with McAuliffe for 4 years. Our taxes will go up (again) ugh.

Firefly_76 on August 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Wrong. You never get anywhere by refusing to fight. Being another Virginian, I can say that until about 2 weeks ago, McAuliffe was hitting Cuccinelli over the head on one thing: wanting to cut entitlements. Since then, his campaign has been hitting Cuccinelli with allegations on his ethics, tying him to Governor McDonnell. This is the first go they’ve had at it on social issues, and going soft and squishy will get folks like myself to stay home. Fight and win. Cuccinelli’s team has been nearly invisible on the airwaves. Get on TV and go on offense, rather than be purely reactive.

Stoic Patriot on August 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Bill Bolling would have won. There are a lot of miffed folks in Richmond who wanted Bolling.

Punchenko on August 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Of course, this is just yet another of those “isolated incidents” that in no way is part of any kind of pattern and it’s best just to not talk about it.

VorDaj on August 31, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Pattern recognition is racist, you know.

Punchenko on August 31, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Be nice if McAuliffe was elected, and 6 months later indicted for fraud. Oh, wait, that won’t happen. Eric Holder is in charge of the Department of “Justice”.

GarandFan on August 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM

What is happening to my home state?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Pic of the Day: Underwater, Abandoned Jesus Off Of Malta

Resist We Much on August 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Simply beautiful.

Thank you.

cheers

eon

eon on August 31, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Bill Bolling would have won. There are a lot of miffed folks in Richmond who wanted Bolling.

Punchenko on August 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I wouldn’t have minded Bolling, but the sore loser tour he’s been on makes me glad he didn’t get the nod. He’s doing everything he can to make sure McAuliffe gets elected, short of cutting commercials for the slimebag. Screw him and his ego.

changer1701 on August 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

The better man didn’t win the Presidency – so it could happen here as well.

Still, two months to go. Too early to prognosticate.

22044 on August 31, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Stoic Patriot on August 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

LOL. The surest way to get all the libs in NoVa out to the polls against a republican is to start yammering about sodomy laws. Of course the lib press here was going to focus on this issue, but Cuccinelli shouldn’t have added fuel to the flames. Where we could have won on turnout in an off year, we’re now going to lose because of social issues. The stupid GOP never learns.

Firefly_76 on August 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM

What is happening to my home state?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

A malignant infection ma’am. Both coasts and the doctors who could treat it choose to stand and watch with their fingers up the.

arnold ziffel on August 31, 2013 at 9:37 PM

LOL. The surest way to get all the libs in NoVa out to the polls against a republican is to start yammering about sodomy laws. Of course the lib press here was going to focus on this issue, but Cuccinelli shouldn’t have added fuel to the flames. Where we could have won on turnout in an off year, we’re now going to lose because of social issues. The stupid GOP never learns.

Firefly_76 on August 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM

I live in NoVa, and people here really don’t get animated about how much they love homosexuality here (unlike say, San Fran). You’re right that the GOP never learns though. They didn’t talk about social issues at all in Virginia during 2012, and Romney lost the state decisively. You can’t score points when all you do is play defense.

Stoic Patriot on August 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM

What is happening to my home state?
Cindy Munford on August 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Largely Yankees have taken over our Old Dominion is the problem.

Sherman1864 on August 31, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Firefly_76 on August 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

VA Dems have outnumbered VA Republicans since 2009.

This has nothing to do with social issues. It’s just basic math.

No Republican could have won or will ever win in VA.

tetriskid on August 31, 2013 at 10:14 PM

This race shouldn’t even be close. If Cuccinelli had kept his mouth tight about abortion and sodomy the race may have been closer. I can’t believe I’m going to be stuck with McAuliffe for 4 years. Our taxes will go up (again) ugh.

Firefly_76 on August 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

He has kept his mouth shut in this campaign but he can’t run away from his 10-year record. Why anyone thought he could have is beyond me. He barely won his election as AG in 2009 despite Bob McDonnell running away with the Governor’s race.

Another winnable race booted by the idiots in the RPV. If there had been a primary, Bill Bolling would have won it and he would be leading this race comfortably.

rockmom on August 31, 2013 at 10:31 PM

He has kept his mouth shut in this campaign but he can’t run away from his 10-year record. Why anyone thought he could have is beyond me. He barely won his election as AG in 2009 despite Bob McDonnell running away with the Governor’s race.

Another winnable race booted by the idiots in the RPV. If there had been a primary, Bill Bolling would have won it and he would be leading this race comfortably.

rockmom on August 31, 2013 at 10:31 PM

He won the AG by 15 points. Hardly “barely” winning that election. Even exceeded Bolling’s margin of victory for the LG.

This race isn’t over.

22044 on August 31, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Bolling is a backstabbing weasel that stands for nothing, one of his top men, actually defected to McAuliffe, Cuccinelli has been on the front lines of the fight against Obamacare, and unraveling the AGW
scam, which McAuliffe profits from, as part of his Green Tech scheme,

narciso on August 31, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Bolling is a backstabbing weasel that stands for nothing, one of his top men, actually defected to McAuliffe, Cuccinelli has been on the front lines of the fight against Obamacare, and unraveling the AGW
scam, which McAuliffe profits from, as part of his Green Tech scheme,

narciso on August 31, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Yep, and some people need to wake up & smell the reality. Whomever is the nominee, the Democrats will attack hard & harder.

22044 on August 31, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Admitted this is extremely unscientific, but take it for what you will: Cuccinelli has over 100K likes on Facebook – McAuliffe has only 43K.

22044 on August 31, 2013 at 11:08 PM

If McAuliffe wins this race I honestly think Virginia is lost, a true blue state. And can the GOP ever win another Presidential election without VA?

Jack_Burton on August 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Umm..at the risk of sexist…has anyone noticed what a HUNK Cuch is?????? that has to bring him some female votes, I would think…and TM is just Eddie Haskell writ large.

Xango Annie on September 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

If McAuliffe wins this race I honestly think Virginia is lost, a true blue state. And can the GOP ever win another Presidential election without VA?

Jack_Burton on August 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Of course, if they pick up Michigan and Wisconsin, which are (slowly) trending red.

SouthernGent on September 1, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Any so-called “moderate” Republicans who support that scumbag McAuliffe should be booted from the GOP.

WannabeAnglican on September 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Great Godwin are we screwed. McAuwfull has the $, wins? The Old Dominion is blue as it is now fully a satrap of Federal largess.

My namesakes are rolling in their graves.

Byrd Machine on September 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

What is happening to my home state?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

It’s being ruined.

Bmore on September 1, 2013 at 8:12 PM

What is happening to my home state?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

It’s gone insane like the rest of the country.

Quartermaster on September 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM