The Washington Post has strongly called out Ken Cuccinelli for his campaign of misdirection. That is, he is attempting to sell himself as being interested in creating jobs, while his real agenda is an extreme social agenda. In its editorial, The Washington Post states:
WHEN YOUNG Republican patent attorney Ken Cuccinelli II first ran for public office in 2002, his campaign played hide-the-ball in an attempt to disguise his real agenda. . . .http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Now, as the GOP’s candidate for governor, Mr. Cuccinelli’s campaign has deployed a similar strategy of misdirection. The stakes this time are considerably greater; Virginians shouldn’t be fooled.
The home page of Mr. Cuccinelli’s campaign Web site invites visitors, in large print, to “Read Ken’s plan to create 58,000 new jobs in Virginia.” The plan itself — a massive cut to individual and business income taxes that Mr. Cuccinelli says will somehow be offset by eliminating tax loopholes and deductions, which he has not identified — is political fantasy, at best.
The larger point is that Mr. Cuccinelli’s interest in jobs and the economy is an 11th-hour political makeover, developed for electoral purposes, that bears no resemblance to the agenda he has pursued aggressively in public office for more than a decade. Mr. Cuccinelli did not become a hero to the tea party by accident; he earned that distinction with a sustained focus on conservative social issues. As a state senator, his motivating passions were God, guns, gays and abortion; as attorney general, he won notoriety mainly by fighting the Obama administration over health care and climate change.
Note that this editorial is not the endorsement editorial. When The Washington Post endorsed Terry McAuliffe for Governor several weeks ago they described Cuccinnelli as
the most partisan, truculent and doctrinaire attorney general in memoryhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/...
And in describing what a Cuccinelli administration would look like, The Washington Post stated:
To Mr. Cuccinelli, the world is full of outrages that he would use government’s big stick to correct: Climate-change science is a hoax perpetrated on taxpayers. Illegal immigrants should be deported, and legal ones should be denied unemployment benefits if they are fired for not speaking English on the job. Abortion clinics should be regulated out of existence. Homosexuals, who by their sexual conduct invite “nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul,” don’t merit equal protection under the law.http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
So if you live in Virginia please make sure that you vote on Tuesday. We cannot be lulled into complacency simply because the poll numbers are looking good.
And please encourage your friends to come out and vote for McAuliffe. Because otherwise, I'd hate to think of what the next four years will look like for Virginia residents.