Cuccinelli Calls McDonnell Controversies 'Distraction'

"I am trying to run a race," attorney general and candidate for governor tells senior citizens at Fairfax County appearance.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield (Photo by James Cullum)
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield (Photo by James Cullum)
By James Cullum

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate, said recently that controversies surrounding Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell are distracting voters from his campaign. 

Cuccinelli made the statement after speaking last week to more than 100 residents of the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield.
"More than anything it's a distraction. I'm trying to run a race and we're talking about jobs and the middle class here," said Cuccinelli, adding that he has not been subpoenaed to testify in court over corruption charges being raised against the Governor. 

McDonnell is accused of failing to disclose gifts from wealthy donors, including a Rolex watch, a $15,000 shopping trip and a catering for his daughter's wedding. 

Cuccinelli on McAuliffe

Cuccinelli's speech to Greenspring seniors was largely focused on his opponent Terry McAuliffe - a fundraising mastermind and former chair of the Democratic National Committee. 

Cuccinelli, 44, has $2.75 million in his campaign war chest as of May 29, 2013. McAuliffe has $5.4 million in the bank. 

"That's all he's ever done in politics. No policy. Nothing except fundraising and beating on Republicans. And that has its place, honestly, in a two-party system, but it's not much preparation to be governor," said Cuccinelli. 

On coal

Cuccinelli said that McAuliffe's "War on Coal" would result in job losses. 

"My opponent is against coal," said Cuccinelli. "But let me tell you what coal is about is southwest Virginia - it's about people; it's about a way of life where they don't have a diverse economy. The war on coal is a war on the poor.
These are folks who don't have other options." 

Cuccinelli said he wants a balance between economic reality and having a clean environment. 

"I'm not running for governor telling you I have a crystal ball about how to spend your tax dollars on the next great industry," he said. "Of course we want to always be moving in a cleaner direction. I would assume everybody here wants to strike a balance between environmental protection and opportunity. I want my seven kids to grow up in a clean environment, but I also want them to be able to have jobs."

McAuliffe, in his first run for governor in 2009, said that he would like to see an end to coal plants in the Commonwealth. 

In 2009 during his first run for governor, McAuliffe said, according to Time magazine: "I want to move past coal. As governor, I never want another coal plant built.

McAuliffe is advocating a state renewable portfolio standard of 25 percent by 2025. Cuccinelli says it will create unemployment. He changed course in May in Bristol and told reporters that he wanted to see Virginia coal production thrive. 

“I was over at Alpha Natural Resources talking about what they need done to make sure we have a healthy work force of coal, that coal can continue,” McAuliffe said, according to The Augusta Free Press. “We need to make sure we do what we need to, to make sure this vital industry here in Virginia continues to grow. I can really help them on exports; to open up those Asia markets in China and Korea. As governor, I want to help them create more jobs to help exports around the world.”
Cuccinelli said that McAuliffe intended to "subsidize" electricity industries. 

"You get the word 'jobs' out of my opponent but you don't get a plan - other than giving goodies away to his chosen industries," said 

On federal regulations

Cuccinelli spoke against federal overreach and increased taxes. 

"Virginia is a good place to do business, but we need to do better. And we're doing it in the face of - I mean, if you look at what the president said last week - more regulatory onslaught coming, which my opponent supports," he said.  

TheRepublican July 09, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Cucc!!!! What's not to love about this guy? He knows a conspiracy when he sees one. Everyone now knows for a fact that the NSA is tracking your every move on behalf of Obama and the other socialists. We already know they have weather machines that can be used to attack red states. The NSA probably has brain wave monitors to read your mind too! Here's a tip: make yourself a hat out of aluminum foil and wear it at all times.The NSA's tracking machines can't penetrate this. As far as the attack on McConnell goes, just throw that out as yet another example of the lame stream media trying to steer you in the path of socialism. Cucc is by and for the job creators, and by doing so, he's by and for the middle class. I've said it before and I'll say it again, people, it's time you recognize that the job creators need to be doing your thinking for you. Let them lead the way, and the jobs the middle class so badly mean will trickle down all over us. Trickle down works, socialism doesn't. Show me one case where the job creators have done wrong. Show me one case where someone on welfare has ever created a job. GO CUCC!! GO!!!
Larry Stine July 09, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Dear TheRepublican, please calm down or admit you are a Democrat ringer.
BooBots July 09, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Here he is again. This guy, "The Republican," is a fake, an 'agent provacateur', spouting berserk parodies of conservative thought. Have seen him on lots of Patch discussions, with his brand of tripe. Don't be fooled, friends.
Laurie Dodd July 09, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Governor McDonnell was given a Rolex, shopping spree, limousine service, and catering for a wedding while the gift-giver was being sued by Virginia for failing to pay a tax bill. At the same time, Cuccinelli's AG office gave legal advice to an energy company that was in court over extracting natural gas from private property owned by Virginia citizens. Republicans continue to give special access to those with cash, putting their public service up for auction to the highest bidder. Time to vote Democratic in Virginia!
Larry Stine July 09, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Au contraire, Laurie. What does a liberal political blog think of McAuliffe? "No way to put lipstick on this pig: Terry McAuliffe embodies everything that's horribly wrong with American politics, business, and government in 2012. To whit: McAuliffe was a young business hustler with a glad-handing, back-slapping, used car salesman style from the get-go. He got rich by investing $100,000 in Global Crossing, and cashing out millions. If the name Global Crossing doesn't ring a bell, here's the deal: it was a loathsome scam chartered in Bermuda that bought up a bunch of regional phone companies, forced employees to pack their retirement funds with company stock, squeezed every last nickel out of the companies, then froze employees' pension funds while the executives cashed out all their stock days ahead of the collapse. Just exactly like Enron. The CEO walked away with hundreds of millions. The employees were raped, left penniless with their pensions destroyed. That's how Terry got rich." see complete text at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/22/1112555/-Terry-McAuliffe-everything-that-s-wrong-with-America# In contrast Cuccinelli is protecting consumers against excessive energy costs. http://www.cuccinelli.com/energy-law-costs-va-power-apco-customers-1-billion-plus-too-much/
Uncle Smartypants July 09, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Yes, by all means, let's destroy the planet so a couple thousand coal miners in SW Virginia can get black lung. And regulations aren't killing coal (though they aren't helping), it's the cheap price of natural gas. Leave the coal in the ground until we can figure out how to burn it cleanly. it's not going anywhere.
Larry Stine July 09, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Uncle, I agree that NG has many advantages. For example, the new plant in Front Royal will be fueled by NG. However, I also know that all power sources have risks and costs as well as benefits. Reliance on narrow solutions is not a good idea. Cuccinelli is trying to ensure that an equitable approach is taken whereby jobs as well as consumers are protected and that energy companies such as Dominion do not receive unfair benefits to the detriment of consumers. What are your comments on the dailyKOS article?
Uncle Smartypants July 09, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Nothing I didn't already know, but between evils, I'd take McCauliffe over the flat-earther, climate denying, uterus-obsessed, religious idealogue any time. Something about the Cooch seems evil to me. He's just a creepy dude.
Larry Stine July 09, 2013 at 02:56 PM
What I don't understand is where these accusations come from other than to demonize because rational opposition is lacking. I think you, Uncle, are a rational person. Flat-earther? Give me a break. Climate denying? The former UVA prof who was instrumental in the "hockey stick" temperature projection was given a great opportunity to prove his concept by revealing his data and its sources. Instead he hid behind "academic freedom". By the way, the hockey stick projection is not coming to pass. Uterus -obsessed? The recently passed laws were approved by the General Assembly and require abortion clinics to abide by procedures which inform the patient and prevent Gosnell-type horrors. Many states are enacting similar legislation. Religious idealogue? Name one instance where Cuccinelli's religion has affected his conduct of the AG's office. By the way, NG production largely relies on fracking. Where do you stand on the use of fracking?
Stella McEnearny July 09, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Poor ol' Cooch...he's sounding desperate! Sounds like he's developed a serious case of McAuliffephobia...and with good reason! As long as that padded cell of his is comprised of rich Corinthian leather, though, in the end, he'll be happy as a clam...
Jack Kenny July 11, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Think about what has happened the past 3 1/2 years. We have had three years of budget surpluses, a leaner state government, no budget deficits, the lowest unemployment rate in the DC metropolitan area (DC with 6.7% and Maryland 6.2%, and Virginia with 5.2%), more commercial jobs created, and the first solid move to fixing our transportation problems in 30 years.... Why even consider going back to the dark days of budget deficits, increased job-killing regulations, bigger state government, tax and spend policies, bait and switch tax increases, more government control eating at our freedoms, and 30 yeas of whining about transportation problems with no action. Our local Senator has spent 20 years with no success at getting money for the RT 7 expansion. It's finally happening under a Republican administration. Virginia voters know the party that can get results on our challenges. Let's vote to protect Virginians from the on-coming train wreck of Obamacare. The Cuccinelli - Jackson - Obenshain team will give us four more years of the government that Jefferson, Lincoln and our fore-fathers envisioned...
TheRepublican July 11, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Well well well. I see all the RINOs (Republican in Name ONly) have shown up to put me down. We're not fooled by any of you or your lame stream media friends. We know what's going on. Nice try guys. Everyone sees what your up to. And don't tell me CUCC doesn't know what's gping on. He warned his own kid about the government tracking you with a social security number .... more like a socialist security number. I'll bet you 50 bucks that when the CUCC isn't in the public, he's wearing a tin foil hat. He knows what's going on. The NSA acting on behalf of Obama is everywhere. This has nothing to do with anti terrorism and everything to do with socialist control. WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!
Uncle Smartypants July 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM
"The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity." Andre Gide (1869-1951). I agree with you Jack, the Cooch - Jackson Clown Posse is running like it's the 18th century. The problem is that we live in the 21st century. Those two idealogues are leading the crusdae on women's reproductive freedom, gay rights, harassing scholars who do not share their narrow views. Why, the Cooch JUST challenged the ten year old court decision that said anti-sodomy laws are unconstitutional. He SAYS it's to protect children, but he also believes sodomy should be illegal between me and the mrs! He wants to regulate the sex lives of everyday folks and criminalize of of my favorite activities! He's just so creepy. And Jackson, just google E W Jackson quotes. Even Cooch is running as far away from him as he can. Here's my fave Jackson quote: “Liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that’s a fact.”
Larry Stine July 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States. This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated "Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 36 million, the missing 16 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America's Black community would now number 52 million persons. It would be 36 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member." A highly significant 1993 Howard University study showed that African American women over age 50 were 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer if they had had any abortions compared to women who had not had any abortions. http://www.blackgenocide.org/black.html
TheRepublican July 17, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Finally a post from Larry Stine (AKA el RINO) that actually makes som sense.
Larry Stine July 17, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Now, TheRepublican, it is your turn. In a logical, organized way, please comment on Obamacare, which is now the law of the land and a big issue for the Tea Party. Include the personal mandate, coverage of preexisting conditions, children(?) to age 26, funding, etc. Should it be totally revoked or just modified? Why? I am not a RINO even though you think so. And, by the way, you did not comment on my response to your challenge about the immigration bill. This is your chance to show you are not a Democrat ringer.
TheRepublican July 22, 2013 at 06:40 AM
It's the job of people to fend for themselves. If you have problems at birth, it's God's will and God's way of punishing you or forcing you to adopt for reasons known only to God. Thus, there should be no handouts for anyone. Obamacare is a big fat hand out to all the people that God has marked. Thus, Obamacare is against the will of God. If things weren't this way then everyone would be born perfectly. There is no reason I should have to pay for other peoples problems. I didn't create them, so why should I pay for them? As far as you being a RINO, YES YOU ARE. You're way to far to the left to be a real Republican. We will primary you and all those like you. If you don't like us, tough cookies. You're a distant voice in the past, RINO.
Uncle Smartypants July 22, 2013 at 01:58 PM
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." -John Kenneth Galbraith
Larry Stine July 22, 2013 at 02:30 PM
To The Republican; Only a Democrat ringer would respond with such outlandishness. I asked you to rationally critique Obamacare. Instead you respond with some ridiculous concept of God. A concept more in line with Allah rather than the Judeo-Christian God, a God totally opposite to who you describe. I never said I don't like you. I just wish you would write logically rather than rant and mischaracterize yourself as a Republican. For example, look at the oldest Christian church as described in Wikipedia. "The Catholic Church has contributed to society through its social doctrine which has guided leaders to promote social justice and providing care to the sick and poor. In orations such as his Sermon on the Mount and stories such as The Good Samaritan, Jesus called on followers to worship God, act without violence or prejudice and care for the sick, hungry and poor. Such teachings are the foundation of Catholic Church involvement in social justice, hospitals and health care. "The Catholic Church established a hospital system in Medieval Europe that was different from the merely reciprocal hospitality of the Greeks and family-based obligations of the Romans. These hospitals were established to cater to "particular social groups marginalized by poverty, sickness, and age," according to historian of hospitals, Guenter Risse.[86]"
TheRepublican July 23, 2013 at 03:03 AM
I'm a REAL Republican. That's the difference to me and you. Obamacare is socialism, period. I shouldn't have to pay for other people's problems. Period. Everything I said was true and accurate. People are dealt the hand God gave them, thus it's their job to deal with what they've been dealt with. How can anyone possibly argue with that?
Uncle Smartypants July 23, 2013 at 03:55 PM
You're a real twisted, incredibly selfish man is what you are. Everything is "God's Will"? Who appointed you arbiter of God's will? You did, of course. You probably consider yourself a Good Christian too - go read chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew and keep score; let me know how you did. You know what world you want to live in? The Fourth Reich.
Larry Stine July 23, 2013 at 04:14 PM
To Uncle Smartypants. TheRepublican is not "twisted", etc. He/She is a Democrat ringer (or possibly just a troublemaker) posting such messages in order to evoke such responses as yours ( and mine, unfortunately). That is why the name "The Republican" is used. His/her postings, especially in response to challenges, give many clues as to this person's real identity and purpose. Please keep this in mind when you see future postings from this person. thank you.
Virginia Harlow July 23, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Gee, Larry, you made all my arguments for me, and much better. Bravo. And that's not a joke.
Uncle Smartypants July 24, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Oh Larry. Is this your first week on the interwebs? No one has used the word "ringer" in decades; the word you're looking for is troll. Let me use it in a sentence so you know how not to sound like a complete noob. "TheRepublican is a troll." or "TheRepublican is trolling us." But guess what? TheRepublican is NOT a troll. THAT is the new voice of the republican party. Find a single thing he's posted that hasn't already come out of the mouth of Palin or Bachman or Cruz or some other teabagger. He and his ilk are the new standard bearers for the Teahadist takeover of the GOP. And they are winning. Their crazy rightwing candidates are defeating incumbent republicans (even conservative ones!) who don't pass their incredibly extreme purity test. Thinking republicans have to start consider voting democratic. I used to be a republican. I voted for Reagan twice and for George H. W. Bush twice. I didn't leave the republican party, they left me. Ronald Reagan couldn't be elected dog catcher in today's GOP. C'mon over to the party of tolerance and acceptance, Larry. We're in the big tent.
Larry Stine July 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Thank you for bringing my attention to the word "troll". TheRepublican has never supported or defended any Teabag Party positions even when challenged to do.Their positions are focused on the expansion of Big Government, not social issues, for example. So they don't have an extreme purity test like proabortioists in the Democrat Party who oppose any restrictions though all nine months of pregnancy, informed consent, etc. TheRepublican is imdeed a troll especially when he introduces a concept of God out of nowhere and which is totally wrong.


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