Cuccinelli, McAuliffe: Don’t bring this Washington dysfunction and brinkmanship to Virginia

posted at 1:21 pm on October 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

One of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s biggest strategic victories during the 2009 election was carefully courting and ultimately sweeping Northern Virginia, one of the Old Dominion’s fastest-growing regions that has helped to push Virginia from the red to the purple category in recent years. Northern Virginia just so happens to be chock-full of federal employees and government contractors (and also just happens to be composed of some of the richest counties in the United States, ahem), and many of those federal workers have been staying home this week as a result of shutdown furloughs. Ergo, the shutdown presents both Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli with the opportunity to spin the circumstances of the shutdown to their own best advantage, and neither has lost any time.

The McAuliffe crew released a television ad on Thursday linking up Cuccinelli with that oh-so-dreaded “Ted Cruz”-brand of conservatism:

Via the Washington Post:

But Cuccinelli has said he does not support efforts to shut down the government over the law. In recent days, he has called for federal workers to be paid during the shutdown, and for members of Congress to go without their paychecks until the issue is resolved.

His campaign also said that the video snippet from 2006 was taken out of context, and that Cuccinelli had proposed enacting an interim spending plan that year to keep state government working in case a budget deal could not be reached.

“Terry McAuliffe is the only candidate in this race who has called for a government shutdown and he’s the only candidate who has said one side shouldn’t negotiate with the other to work out a solution,” Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said via e-mail. “Make no mistake, McAuliffe will bring Washington, D.C. style tactics and brinksmanship straight to Richmond.”

Team Cuccinelli, meanwhile, is going with a new radio ad (keep in mind that lifetime Democratic fundraiser McAuliffe has rather a larger heap of funds at his ad-budget disposal) referencing McAuliffe’s pledge to only sign a state budget plan that includes ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion:

All of the furloughs could very well prove to be a powerful factor in swaying the NoVa counties, but for now, here’s another new poll pointing to a Democratic edge in a still-open race:

A new Hampton University poll in the Virginia governor’s race shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli II by 5 points in a contest that still appears up for grabs, pollsters said Thursday. …

The new statewide poll of likely voters — an inaugural effort by Hampton University’s Center for Public Policy — found that McAuliffe has 42 percent support compared with 37 percent for Cuccinelli, largely because of McAuliffe’s sizable backing from women and African-American voters.

Robert Sarvis, a Libertarian, received 8 percent. The Hampton University poll found that Sarvis has attracted interest across the board and draws almost evenly from Democrats and Republicans. The poll’s overall margin of error was 2.9 percent.


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kingsjester on October 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Here’s the latest email I got from Cuccinelli:

Dear –

It’s been three days since I called on President Obama, his Cabinet, and all Members of Congress to decline their pay until the shutdown ends. It’s a no-brainer.

I asked my fans on Facebook to share a graphic, and sign the letter I wrote to stand with me in my call. The response my campaign received was unexpected and overwhelming.

In this short span of time we received:

2 million views
52,000 shares
600 signatures

To all those who have stood with me on this issue, thank you. The bottom line is this: both parties in Congress need to sit down and find a solution to this problem so that 175,000 Virginians can either get back to work or be fully compensated for their hard work. If you haven’t yet signed the letter, you can do so by clicking here. You can also ask your friends and family to sign by forwarding them this e-mail.

Virginians are demanding solutions right now. Will you stand with me by signing my letter to President Obama, his Cabinet, the US House of Representatives and Senate?

I’ve been fighting for Virginia my entire life, and I will continue to fight on this issue until the shutdown is over and my fellow Virginians are back at work. I hope that my opponent will join me in this call. It’s the right thing to do.

Sincerely,

Ken Cuccinelli II

PS – I’ve written a letter to President Obama, his Cabinet, the US House of Representatives and Senate asking them to deny their pay until the shutdown ends because it’s the right thing to do. Will you stand with me by signing the letter?

Ken Cuccinelli
http://act.cuccinelli.com/

22044 on October 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Robert Sarvis, a Libertarian, received 8 percent. The Hampton University poll found that Sarvis has attracted interest across the board and draws almost evenly from Democrats and Republicans.

I highly doubt this. I think he draw more from Cuccinelli based on the fact that Cucc has been given this social extremist rep., but when you asked the people who spout this myth what extremism they are talking about they suddenly change their mind or clam up.

melle1228 on October 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

The real question is: Do the voters of Virginia want to elect a governor who could easily become a target for impeachment in his first year?

Coochy should win by a landslide. If he doesn’t, it’s a direct reflection of the morality of Virginia voters.

platypus on October 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The McAuliffe crew released a television ad on Thursday linking up Cuccinelli with that oh-so-dreaded “Ted Cruz”-brand of conservatism:

It’s clever to make light of that sentiment now, but keep in mind that Democrats and the media have been on a jihad against Ted Cruz for the better part of a year.

Now that Palin’s effectively left the national stage, Cruz has become the new bogeyman – and if McAuliffe’s ads are effective, you can bet everything that Democrats will try this trick nationally come 2014.

KingGold on October 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

The fact that Terry Mac is even being considered is a sad day for Virginia and the nation in general.

But if Virginiatonianites want the fud then they shall have him, and everything he brings with him.

Bishop on October 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

It’s clever to make light of that sentiment now, but keep in mind that Democrats and the media have been on a jihad against Ted Cruz for the better part of a year.

Now that Palin’s effectively left the national stage, Cruz has become the new bogeyman – and if McAuliffe’s ads are effective, you can bet everything that Democrats will try this trick nationally come 2014.

KingGold on October 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Its not like it is anything new. Rinse and Repeat Democrat strategy: Republicans are stupid, racist, sexist, white, rich, extremists.. rinse and repeat. One or two may be substituted depending on if we get a woman or minority candidate, but then they just double down on another hence whey they doubled down on Palin’s stupidity.

melle1228 on October 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

All of the furloughs could very well prove to be a powerful factor in swaying the NoVa counties

If the govt. is still shut down on November 5th, then it’s anybody’s guess how the vote is going to go.

I wonder how many people are going to dress up as Ted Cruz for Halloween and how many are going to dress up as Obama the rodeo clown.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Northern Virginia just so happens to be chock-full of federal employees and government contractors (and also just happens to be composed of some of the richest counties in the United States, ahem), and many of those federal workers have been staying home this week as a result of shutdown furloughs.

If we could ever shrink the government and get rid of these 800,000 unnecessary employees, Virginia would be back to being a Red State.

sentinelrules on October 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I wonder how many people are going to dress up as Ted Cruz for Halloween and how many are going to dress up as Obama the rodeo clown.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

ZOMG… LOL.

I didn’t think of that one. I live in a military town, and I am totally dressing up like that when I take my children trick or treating. :)

melle1228 on October 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Its not like it is anything new. Rinse and Repeat Democrat strategy: Republicans are stupid, racist, sexist, white, rich, extremists.. rinse and repeat. One or two may be substituted depending on if we get a woman or minority candidate, but then they just double down on another hence whey they doubled down on Palin’s stupidity.

melle1228 on October 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Indeed.

KingGold is just an Establishment shill who is sooooo afraid that the Cruz-wing will uproot the old GOP way.

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

OT: Alan Colmes on FOX right now screaming that it’s unfair to criticize 0-care because of computer problems.

That’s like saying, “Yeah, this is a GREAT car, if you overlook the fact that the engine doesn’t run!” Jackass.

UltimateBob on October 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

McAullife could go down as one of the most corrupt politicians in American History.

He and Wendy Davis could finish off America in 2016 if they both play their cards right.

McAullife / Davis 2016.

High flying Corruption and sneakers covered with the blood of the unborn.

Just what VA and Tejas (and America need more of).

PappyD61 on October 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Indeed.

KingGold is just an Establishment shill who is sooooo afraid that the Cruz-wing will uproot the old GOP way.

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

That’s what makes it so hilarious. King Gold could get his dream moderate squishy Demlite Repub and they Dems would still effectively label him a “Cruz wannabe.” That is just the Dem playbook. Romney was as close to Dem as we will ever run, and he was dumb, rich, white, homophobic, sexist, racist, extremist, etc. We could run HILARY and as long as she had an R on the end of her name- they would tar her the same. I don’t know why the Republican establishment won’t learn.

melle1228 on October 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Maybe Brian Williams of NBC can bring his stellar reporting about Wendy Davis to report on Ted Cruz and Cuchinelli?

http://media.tumblr.com/7f5c73cc19917b23a6277010a12f759f/tumblr_inline_mqeogwFJcg1qz4rgp.jpg

I’m sure it would be unbiased.

PappyD61 on October 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Has Cuccinelli broke 40% in any recent poll? It’s a testament to how voters view both candidates that here we are, a few weeks from Election Day, and even the one leading is mired in the low 40′s.

Also, there’s no way the Libertarian draws equally from McAuliffe. Dems clearly don’t care what slime they put in office, so they will dutifully vote for the guy even best bud Bill Clinton wouldn’t buy a used car from.

changer1701 on October 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Coochy Romney should win by a landslide. If he doesn’t, it’s a direct reflection of the morality of Virginia American voters.

platypus on October 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Yeah… that played out in 2012. American voters, it turns out, are ignorant sissies.

beatcanvas on October 4, 2013 at 1:57 PM

That’s what makes it so hilarious. King Gold could get his dream moderate squishy Demlite Repub and they Dems would still effectively label him a “Cruz wannabe.” That is just the Dem playbook. Romney was as close to Dem as we will ever run, and he was dumb, rich, white, homophobic, sexist, racist, extremist, etc. We could run HILARY and as long as she had an R on the end of her name- they would tar her the same. I don’t know why the Republican establishment won’t learn.

melle1228 on October 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Exactly. Presidents Dole, McCain, & Romney. Wait, what?

22044 on October 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Both are scum. I’m voting Sarvis!

crash72 on October 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

If Cooch wants to get some of Sarvis’ votes, a Rand Paul endorsement would work wonders.

dforston on October 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Both are scum. I’m voting Sarvis!

crash72 on October 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Why?

Sarvis is a pro-homosexual, anti-gun rights opportunist who ran as a Republican just two years ago.

sentinelrules on October 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

The fact that Terry Mac is even being considered is a sad day for Virginia and the nation in general.

But if Virginiatonianites want the fud then they shall have him, and everything he brings with him.

Bishop on October 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Yes. As a Virginian that scares the fluke out of me.

Each election cycle Va. has been inching towards the libtard side. however, it isn’t just Northern Va. Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area has been making the tipping to the dark side even faster.

TerryW on October 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Both are scum. I’m voting Sarvis!

crash72 on October 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

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Don’t bother to vote, then. It’d have the same effect…

ExpressoBold on October 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM

There’s a silver lining if Cuccinelli ends up losing. McAuliffe will end up being so bad, it might actually help the Republican presidential nominee snag VA in 2016. Very hard to see a path without VA unless the Republicans actually start picking up some of those midwestern states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa (and of course, they NEED Ohio).

GOPRanknFile on October 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

The fact that Terry Mac is even being considered is a sad day for Virginia and the nation in general.

But if Virginiatonianitesout of state immigrant trough feeders want the fud then they shall have him, and everything he brings with him.

Bishop on October 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The bastiges! :(

S. D. on October 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

GOPRanknFile on October 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

There’s a silver lining if Cuccinelli ends up losing…

Oh Please Please stop with this kind of rationalization…If you have Terry McCaullife, former corruptocrat in charge of the DNC with the government machine in the south at Richmond as well as in the DC area they will use the power that gets them paying people and giving them things to swing the state permanently democrat. Now is not the time for your libertarian daydreams. Hold your nose and vote for Cuccinelli, but more than that, persuade your friends not to vote libertarian as some kind of protest against perceived wrongs. Support your Rank and File republican friends and start saying that it DOES matter, and that there IS no silver lining to a McCaulliffe win. It hurts America.

Fleuries on October 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM