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Cuccinelli May Run Against Senator Mark Warner in 2014

Cuccinelli May Run Against Senator Mark Warner in 2014

 

Virginia politics have gotten decidedly more divisive since the election of Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, back in 2009.  Cuccinelli in particular has racked up an impressive number of uber-conservative, questionably legal moves, including his recent encouragement to pastors to get more involved in politics, his new regulations that could shut down most of Virginia’s abortion clinics, and of course, his declaration that Obama’s reforms were “tyranny.”

In light of his record, it’s disturbing to know that Cuccinelli may be considering a run against Senator Mark Warner, the beloved former Virginia governor who is up for re-election in 2014.  Warner, although he’s only a freshman senator, was involved in the debt ceiling negotiations as part of the “Gang of Six.”  Rumors are flying around that Warner may be dissatisfied with the way the Senate operates (he also wanted to be on the budget supercommittee, but didn’t make the cut).

Cuccinelli attacked Warner’s ability to influence Washington politics, saying that he was having trouble transitioning from the governor’s mansion to Capitol Hill.  ”You’re not making executive decisions,” Cuccinelli said. “It takes a different outlook. Perseverance becomes more important, instead of decisiveness.”

He continued, “I understand from people he and I both talk to that he’s pretty frustrated with it.  [But] I don’t see him doing anything to change that system. He hasn’t even tried.”  He then speculated that Warner might be interested in running for president.

The question seems to be whether Cuccinelli will challenge current Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling in the 2013 gubernatorial race, or whether he’ll wait until 2014 to go after Warner.  The latter option would be tough for Cuccinelli; Warner is one of Virginia’s most popular politicians, and although Cuccinelli does have a strong Tea Party following, I find it hard to believe that Northern Virginia would allow someone like Cuccinelli to make it into the Senate.

The fact that Cuccinelli is seeking after higher offices is disturbing in itself.  This is someone who has shown that his ideology is far more important than following the law – a terrible quality in an Attorney General, much less a position with more influence.  It’s bad enough that George Allen has decided to challenge former governor Tim Kaine for Jim Webb’s Senate seat in 2012.  Whatever happened to the Virginia that went blue during the 2008 presidential election?

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8:44PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Please, keep in mind, this has, absolutely, nothing to do with religion. It has to do with POWER & CONTROL.
These right-wing nut cases want to control every aspect of our lives and we should not ask questions. They want larger government intervention, into our lives, as long as it is their idea of government intervention.
They distort history, Christianity, and anything they don't like. Christians, they are _not_.

11:22AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

This is off topic and I'm going to post it on every thread today, but several people have told me that they have quit getting the daily Care2 news via their emails. It seems that it's affecting quite a few. My suggestion to them was to subscribe again because that's what I had to do awhile back when it happened to me. If it's happening to a lot of people, we might have to notify the C2 staff so that they're aware of yet another glitch.

10:31AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

A green star to you Elizabeth!! I live in Virginia, too, and am so upset at the freedoms that are being taken away by the religious nut right wing government we have now. This is the perfect example of why our founding fathers were so concerned about the separation of church and state. The laws of Virginia are of no consequence to these idiots. They are shoving their extreme religious views on all of us. The bad part is that this is happening all over our country. I read an article not too long ago that the religious right have an actual plan to take over our government. At the time, I didn't take it seriously but now I wonder. I can't believe how many uninformed voters we have in Virginia who vote for these fools who are dedicated to taking away our rights. That is the most frightening to me..and this isn't just happening here. Just look at the current crop of Republican candidates running for president now. And people are actually willing to vote for them!

This is just a warning to other states that haven't been hit by this wave of fanaticism yet. It's coming your way, too, and you better be aware of it. Our governor has already taken away abortion rights here or is trying to. I don't read our Richmond newspaper because they're far right wing, too. The last I heard they were trying too abolish women's right to choose but I'm not sure if they did it yet.

Wake up America. I know it sounds crazy but it happened in Virginia!! They're not going to stop here

6:07AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

I'm from Virginia and this is ridiculous. Cuccinelli has done a terrible, TERRIBLE job as Attorney General, using every chance he can to bring religion into the government. He and McDonnell are examples of why voting is absolutely important. I am originally from southwestern VA, where my parents still reside, and anyone who knows VA knows that it might as well be a world away from Northern VA, where I currently live. Every time I go home and see the lack of jobs and abundance of destitution, I wonder when people there will wake up and start voting for their well-being instead of getting hung up on non-issues like religion. The one up side to this is that Mark Warner was loved as Governor, so hopefully he will be safe.

5:27AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

I TOO, WOULDN'T trust him as dog catcher!!

12:57PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

interesting

12:43PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Good article, thanks

11:15AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Hmmm.... Just my opinion but . . shouldn't he be focusing on the job he has NOW instead of ALREADY talking about which job he wants two & half years to three & a half years in the future??? Especially since it sounds like he is doing a suck-@ss job already as AJ. And isn't it a wee bit hypocritical to claim Warner doesn't like what he is doing and Cuke clearly doesn't like his own job if he is already talking publically two-plus years ahead of wamting someone else's job?? Just my opinion (as is I wouldn't trust him as dog catcher.)

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