Cuccinelli: If McAullife wins, we’ll have to change the state motto from “sic semper tyrannis” to “quid pro quo”

posted at 4:01 pm on September 26, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

There are some fairly different assessments of last night’s debate between Virginia gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe floating around, with the consensus being that neither candidate delivered any major knockout punches, but here are some of the highlights for you; first, a pretty typical exchange with Cuccinelli attacking McAuliffe as the shady, backroom-dealmaking “businessman” and McAuliffe predictably going straight for the social-issues “extremism” tack on his opponent:

CUCCINELLI: You know, the comparison here is someone who has told the New York Times, you know, “You help me, I help you. That’s politics,” talking about a case where he was an unindicted coconspirator in a teamsters election money laundering case. I mean, if– if Terry’s elected governor. We’re gonna have to change the state motto from “Sic Semper Tyrannis” to “Quid Pro Quo.” And just today in the Washington Post, they have an article– they have an article about how his higher ed policy changed on a dime when he got certain support. …

MCAULIFFE: My opponent’s been the attorney general. He’s run on jobs and transportation when he runs for office. He gets into office. And he runs on and serves with an ideological agenda. Let it be women’s health centers, where he bullied the Board of Health to shut him down. He sponsored personhood legislation that would outlaw most forms of contraception, would make the pill illegal.

I thought Cuccinelli, however, had a pretty good answer for the social-extremists attacks he knew would be coming for him, emphases mine:

I think that one of the best responses to this is the broad array of support that we’re getting from Democrats, Independents, and bipartisan groups like the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech PAC up here in Northern Virginia, the small businesses across Virginia, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Farm Bureau, the police. We’re getting a broad array of support across Virginia, because I’ve put forward well-thought-out plans that start with an understanding of how Virginia government works. And that we can use those plans forward, because people can look at my record and see that what I campaign on is what I pursue. And as attorney general, right here in Fairfax County, fighting back against overreaching regulations on a bipartisan basis with the Fairfax Board, we saved Fairfax County taxpayers and Virginia taxpayers about $250 million. Look, I believe– I have some basic beliefs that are fundamental to me. But overwhelming proportion of my time as attorney general has been spent moving Virginia forward economically and protecting liberty and our constitution.

I.e., he’s not running with goals of changing nor adding a bunch of social-related laws to Virginia’s books, as much as McAuliffe wants Virginians to believe otherwise, and unlike McAuliffe, Cuccinelli actually knows and understands the economic issues facing Virginia with detailed precision while McAuliffe has repeatedly demonstrated himself to be flippant and poorly informed.

As I mentioned the other day, McAuliffe is a believer in more gun control for Virginia, including magazine capacity limits, background checks on private firearms sales, and (bizarrely) returning to Virginia’s obsolete one-handgun-purchase-per-month rule — and in that same vein in last night’s debate, he obliquely confirmed that he is a proponent of an outright “assault”-weapons ban.

And perhaps one of McAuliffe’s most infuriating lines of the night came near the end, when Chuck Todd asked the candidates whether or not they think the Redskins should have to change their name:

Wait — so you’re not the type of candidate who thinks “the governor ought to be telling private businesses what they should do about their business”? …Read Jonah Goldberg’s piece on that little doozy at National Review, ’cause that is rich.


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The fool from the left thought last night that he could pull a CO on the good people of VA, on guns.

Educate him Cucinelli.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Cuccinelli

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Dear Virginia, stop burning your state before the pest class moves further south.

Signed, NC.

nobar on September 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Cuccinelli: If McAullife wins, we’ll have to change the state motto from “sic semper tyrannis” to “quid pro quo”

It’s funny because it is true. But what really ticks me off is the fact that McAullife is ahead because of angry bitter women who are clearly so stupid they shouldn’t be allowed to vote. These screeching hags think that Cuccinelli wants to ban all abortions because that is what the ads are telling them. Nevermind all the other issues facing the commonwealth, these stupid stupid hags only believe what they see on TV. This is no way to elect a governor.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

McAullife seems like the perfect representative for VA: Out of touch millionaire who has never done anything except life off government welfare.

get ready for companies to pack up and start moving to TX!

tetriskid on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

The fool from the left thought last night that he could pull a CO on the good people of VA, on guns.

Educate him Cucinelli.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Yeah, you would think that knowing the Commonwealth’s legislative proceess and make-up would be a prerequisite for running for office. Fact of the matter is that McAuliffe is a carpetbagger who arrived with the Clintons 20 years ago and never left. For those of us who can trace our roots back to colonial times, that doesn’t make Terry a Virginian.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

The Punk, McAullife. A Bloomberg puppet.

chewmeister on September 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I watched the debate and am biased, but McAuliffe struck me as a fraud while Ken came across as a composed, detail-oriented man with a plan.

I don’t think this race is over, but the fact that it is even close is worrisome. Ken pointed out McAuliffe’s F-rating from the NRA, and McAuliffe freely discussed his openness to magazine limits as well as other 2A restrictions. Just goes to show how influential the NoVa government class has become with admitting these things literally in the NRA’s backyard.

Ken had a funny commercial that I saw this morning touting a regional firm’s assessment of their plans – how Ken’s was thoughful and great and how McAuliffe’s was largely bull**** (they actually bleeped it out in the commercial – made me and the wife laugh).

crrr6 on September 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

For those of us who can trace our roots back to colonial times, that doesn’t make Terry a Virginian.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Put him on his azz, good one, and send him packing.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

This is no way to elect a governor.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Hey, it’s how they elected a president.

chewmeister on September 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Cuccinelli would be better off not mentioning “Sic semper tyrannis”, which were the words John Wilkes Booth shouted when he killed President Abraham Lincoln.

Steve Z on September 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

PS: here’s the ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmWr5mygwVE

crrr6 on September 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

God bless the people of VA if they can’t see right through McAullife. Dude is such a phony.

GOPRanknFile on September 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Cuccinelli would be better off not mentioning “Sic semper tyrannis”, which were the words John Wilkes Booth shouted when he killed President Abraham Lincoln.

Steve Z on September 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Huh, I thought he said “Sic semper tyrannosaurus rex.”

chewmeister on September 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

get ready for companies to pack up and start moving to TX!

tetriskid on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Bring your companies – leave any lefty employees in VA to suck off the govt tit

redguy on September 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Cuccinelli would be better off not mentioning “Sic semper tyrannis”, which were the words John Wilkes Booth shouted when he killed President Abraham Lincoln.

Steve Z on September 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

You could also use that quote when referring to Obummer.

redguy on September 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Cuccinelli would be better off not mentioning “Sic semper tyrannis”, which were the words John Wilkes Booth shouted when he killed President Abraham Lincoln.

Steve Z on September 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Um…… It was Virginia’s motto for long before that. 1776. The seal has virtue trampling tyranny.

It would be pretty damned stupid avoiding it because of the Lincoln assassination connection.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

PS: here’s the ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmWr5mygwVE

crrr6 on September 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Love the pix of Terry in Hawaiian shirt chugging rum or whatever.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM

McAuliffe has repeatedly demonstrated himself to be flippant and poorly informed.

In other words, he’s a typical Dim-o-crat.

AZCoyote on September 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Bring your companies – leave any lefty employees in VA to suck off the govt tit

redguy on September 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Yeah because there are absolutely no lefties in TX. Not even Austin, right? ;0

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Dear Virginia, stop burning your state before the pest class moves further south.

Signed, NC.

nobar on September 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Dear NC,

Send your treasure to VA to counter the amount ill gotten gains by the Liberal Shill that is funding his campaign from the Demonrat Machine. If you want to protect your state, help defend ours. But, if you are going to stand by and let us fall do not blame us when you meet the same fate.

:P

Cadian on September 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Look, I believe– I have some basic beliefs that are fundamental to me. But overwhelming proportion of my time as attorney general has been spent moving Virginia forward economically and protecting liberty and our constitution.

This is nonsensical. His views regarding “protecting liberty and our constitution” are far, far outside of the political and legal mainstream. He basically said “I have some fundamental beliefs that are out of the mainstream. But the overwhelming majority of my time as AG has been spent promoting views that are out of the mainstream.”

righty45 on September 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Yeah because there are absolutely no lefties in TX. Not even Austin, right? ;0

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Yep, the Left and Liberalism are a filthy cancer that is eating up America.

SailorMark on September 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

In case anyone noticed…….

“We’re Now Only Five Days Away From Finishing The Job Off the United States as a free land.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/09/26/obama_were_now_only_five_days_away_from_finishing_the_job.html

PRESIDENT OBAMA: So, the reason is reforming health care is going to help the economy over the long term. Not only will it help lower costs for businesses, not only will it help families, it will free up entrepreneurship in this country because if you’ve got a great idea for your own business, but you’ve never tried it because your spouse had a pre-existing condition and you didn’t want to lose your employer-based coverage, you’ve got the ability now to get your own coverage. That’s security. That’s freedom. So, we’re now only five days away from finishing the job. Five days.

….and still the gop fills the air with excuses.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

OT….Corker and Durbin on floor of Senate now blaming Cruz/Lee for the govt. shutdown as they wanted the publicity b/c they told their supporters the vote would be tomorrow via emails.

CoffeeLover on September 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce endorsed McAuliffe from what I hear. Idiots.

Stoic Patriot on September 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

McAuliffe strikes me as the Blago type.

Corrupt to the core, but not smart enough to hide it.

Federal indictments within 2 years of office, is my prediction. And yes, I think he’ll win.

Browndog on September 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Look, I believe– I have some basic beliefs that are fundamental to me. But overwhelming proportion of my time as attorney general has been spent moving Virginia forward economically and protecting liberty and our constitution.

This is nonsensical. His views regarding “protecting liberty and our constitution” are far, far outside of the political and legal mainstream. He basically said “I have some fundamental beliefs that are out of the mainstream. But the overwhelming majority of my time as AG has been spent promoting views that are out of the mainstream.”

righty45 on September 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Assertion doesn’t make it so. Obama’s views on abortion are far more outside the mainstream than Cuccinelli’s.

Why, it’s almost like you don’t really care about the mainstream at all, and are just trying to call Cuccinelli an extremist.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 26, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Until Cucchinelli is safely in the governor’s office, I am afraid I can’t laugh at that joke.

It is shocking the democrats would run the king of Clinton era dirty tricks and slime for a governor’s seat?

Get working lazy Virginians you have an election to win.

Fleuries on September 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

But overwhelming proportion of my time as attorney general has been spent moving Virginia forward economically and protecting liberty and our constitution.

If only Romney had comebacks like this, things might have turned out differently in 2012.

UltimateBob on September 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

This is nonsensical. His views regarding “protecting liberty and our constitution” are far, far outside of the political and legal mainstream.

How so?

melle1228 on September 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

McAuliffe strikes me as the Blago type.

Corrupt to the core, but not smart enough to hide it.

Browndog on September 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

He strikes me as a Howard Dean type without the energy or the smarts.

And the sunken dark eyes creep me out.

I don’t know, I think Cuccinelli might actually have a pretty good chance. It ain’t over till it’s over.

UltimateBob on September 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

the fact that this race is even close, let alone that mouthbreathing fraud McAuliffe actually winning, just shows how far gone VA is, let alone our nation as a whole

VA is no longer a “swing state”

thurman on September 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Um…… It was Virginia’s motto for long before that. 1776. The seal has virtue trampling tyranny.

It would be pretty damned stupid avoiding it because of the Lincoln assassination connection.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Agree, but sadly we know how stupid the average voter is. Coming soon, the TV ad comparing Cuccinelli to John Wilkes Booth and how they both want to assassinate presidents or something.

nextgen_repub on September 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Cuccinelli would be better off not mentioning “Sic semper tyrannis”, which were the words John Wilkes Booth shouted when he killed President Abraham Lincoln.

Steve Z on September 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

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Why is that? LIVs won’t know that and besides, Lincoln was a Republican so they will think it’s all good anyway.
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Try again when you feel smarter.

ExpressoBold on September 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

He basically said “I have some fundamental beliefs that are out of the mainstream. But the overwhelming majority of my time as AG has been spent promoting views that are out of the mainstream.”

righty45 on September 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

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You have extremist, lefty, commie-type views, because I said so. See how that works, troll?

ExpressoBold on September 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Agree, but sadly we know how stupid the average voter is. Coming soon, the TV ad comparing Cuccinelli to John Wilkes Booth and how they both want to assassinate presidents or something.

nextgen_repub on September 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Why is that? LIVs won’t know that and besides, Lincoln was a Republican so they will think it’s all good anyway.
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Try again when you feel smarter.

ExpressoBold on September 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

1) Libtard voters couldn’t read and wouldn’t understand what that Latin cursive writing means – that be ole skooo. They’d probably think it means something like “dinosaurs have bad tempers”.
2) Libtard voters wouldn’t know enough history to know that Boothe said it.

If McAwfulnelli gets in, there should be a statewide ballot issue to change the motto to “Molon Labe”.

dentarthurdent on September 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

2) Libtard voters wouldn’t know enough history to know that Boothe said it.

If McAwfulnelli gets in, there should be a statewide ballot issue to change the motto to “Molon Labe”.

dentarthurdent on September 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

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2) Wikipedia reports that Booth said that the Virginia motto is what he said; so, really, no one but Booth is the historical source for this assertion. No one else actually heard him say anything clearly enough to verify it.
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You Greeks have such creative taunts!

ExpressoBold on September 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

That is one great line!

Another Drew on September 26, 2013 at 6:43 PM

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce endorsed McAuliffe from what I hear. Idiots.

Stoic Patriot on September 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

The Fairfax Chamber. A surprise but not too much. Fairfax went to the dark side a few years ago.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Agree, but sadly we know how stupid the average voter is. Coming soon, the TV ad comparing Cuccinelli to John Wilkes Booth and how they both want to assassinate presidents or something.

nextgen_repub on September 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Well, the counter ad would be that Cuccinelli is against the suspension of Habeus Corpus and will fight for that principle whatever it takes. ;0

Even with LIVs, I think the “Nazi rule” applies for John Wilkes Booth as well. You’ve already lost the argument if you are making such comparisons.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I like the “quid pro quo” line, except that most of those who’ve had dealings with McAuliffe are still waiting for their quo after he left town with all their quid.

Ask the investors and employees of WorldComm how they enjoyed watching McAuliffe walk away with EIGHT figures as they were losing everything.

Adjoran on September 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM