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We now know the lay of the land.  The only candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor will be Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.  The Democratic nominee will be former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe.

Many already know about Cuccinelli's extreme positions on abortion, his attempts to oppose scientific research into global climate change, and so on.

Perhaps it is time to take a look at who is supporting him financially.

This Huffington Post pice provides some relevant information.

Let me stipulate the following - in Virginia it is legal for corporations to donate to state political campaigns.  Information about all contributions is accessible online. There is NO ceiling on how much an individual or corporation can give to a candidate.

From the Huffington Post piece:  

Overall, Cuccinelli raised $1,074,150 in the second half of 2012 for his campaign, with five-figure and six-figure contributions totaling $415,000. Virginia's campaign finance laws have no contribution limit and allow corporations to give directly.

One contribution of note is the $50,000 given by Intrust Wealth Management, one of many corporations under the control of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers. The company is a subsidiary of Intrust Bank, headed by Charles Koch. This is the second Koch contribution to Cuccinelli, who received $10,000 from Koch Industries in the first half of 2012.

A bit more beneath the fold if you care to keep reading.

According to the article, Cuccinelli has spoken at a number of Koch related events.   This should not be surprising.  We know the Kochs have done all they can to support climate change denial, in large part because so much of their income and wealth is derived from oil.   They also are strongly opposed to government regulations of any kind - remember that David Koch was once the Vice Presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party.

Cuccinelli tried to destroy climate scientist Michael Mann.  His jihad against Mann, which ultimately failed, let to that notable scientist leaving UVa for Penn State.  It is worth remembering that Mann's work was acknowledged by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as having contributed substantial to the the reports that led to that organization sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

Of course, Cuccinelli is no Libertarian, not when it comes to imposing his social views upon the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is why he was able to bully a supposedly independent panel into issuing regulations that will while in effect have the result of denying women of Virginia access instate to any place where they can exercise their constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy.

Worth noting that among the other large contributions, Cuccinelli received $50,000 from The Presidential Coalition, an arm of Citizens United - remember those folks?

Folks, as of right now be clear on two things.

One, Chris Christie's opposition is likely to be a severe underdog, which means that Virginia's governor's race will be political ground zero for November.

Two, it does not matte whether you have bones to pick with McAuliffe - the choice for residents of the Old Dominion is stark -  it is Terry or crazy Cooch.

Oh and by the way, should Cuccinelli actually win, do not doubt for a moment that he would be positioning himself to be on the national Republican ticket.  He has already visited Iowa.

Ken Cuccinelli would, if elected, be the most extreme governor in the United States.  Folks like Jindal, Haley, LePage, and Brownback would pale in comparison.

If you want to know what is at stake in Virginia, not only watch what the candidates say and do.

Remember the words of Deep Throat.

Follow the money.

And the money going to Ken Cuccinelli should tell you all you need to know.

We have to help Terry McAuliffe take back the Virginia Governor's office.

Originally posted to teacherken on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:12 AM PST.

Also republished by Virginia Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:12:59 AM PST

  •  I'm gonna be a dick (1+ / 0-)
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    greenbell

    If the best you can come up with is Terry McAuliffe, don't come crying to me.

    "Hey, I know we are in Virginia in an off year election in an anti-Washington climate, but you should vote for me, Mr. Political Insider with no actual experience or ties to your state"

    This is a formula to elect Cooch.  VA Dems are doomed.

    Despite all of that, I don't see how Cuccinelli could actually get on the national ticket, maneuvering and all.  They do want to win the election, right?

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:33:09 AM PST

    •  +1000 (1+ / 0-)
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      OldSoldier99

      "Everything I do is blown out of proportion. It really hurts my feelings." - Paris Hilton

      by kestrel9000 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:16:48 AM PST

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    •  you are very far off base (16+ / 0-)

      1.  early PPP polling has McAuliffe, who has never run statewide in a general, only a low-turnout Democratic gubernatorial primary, leading Cooch by 5 points, while Cooch was elected statewide

      2.  McAuliffe is strongly pro-choice, which will make a difference vs Cooch among suburban Republican women who might otherwise lean Republican

      3.  McAuliffe will have strong support in the Black community, in part because of his close relationship with Bill Clinton, who will campaign for him.

      4.  The issue is not whether Terry is the perfect candidate.  He is the only one who stepped up.  At this point the choice is between Terry and Ken C.  I will continue to advocate to support Terry

      5.  DEspite gerrymandering, a strong showing by Terry will win seats in the House of Delegates, and a very strong showing could flip it, although that remains a long shot

      6. As the Affordable Care Act begins providing benefits, KEn C"s opposition to it is a potent political issue

      7.  We also have the LG and AG races, both of which are winnable.

      Virginia is a purplish state.  IF we can motivate Democratic base voters, this is winnable.  By comparison, NJ is exceedingly difficult because of Christie's current strong approval.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:20:59 AM PST

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      •  Ok, let's see (3+ / 0-)
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        #1- That's good to see, I hope that 5 point lead continues

        #2-#3-#4-#6- Great, he's a Democrat and people who like Democrats will vote for him

        #5&#7- Maybe if there was a strong candidate at the top, which McAuliffe is not

        I've met the guy, I'm a Democrat, he's a Democratic operative, so I like him.  But it just blows my mind that he (or anyone else, are there really no better options Virginia?) thinks that he is Governor of Virgina material.  I'll be pleased if he wins, I guess, if only to beat one of the "no compromise" Republicans, but I am skeptical.

        There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

        by slothlax on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:46:04 AM PST

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        •  He ran - others didn't, you want another Deeds? (4+ / 0-)

          I am disappointed that Perriello didn't run, or perhaps Connolly. Frankly, they chickened out, figuring they couldn't win a state-wide race, at least McAuliffe has the guts to run.

          You complain he has no experience or ties to the state. Okay, so you'd rather have another Creigh Deeds? Because, that worked out so well last time.

          Also, if Bolling runs, he will definitely take more votes off Cucinelli.

          Definitely a winnable race.

          Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

          by absdoggy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:51:02 AM PST

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    •  What have some people here got against McAuliffe? (1+ / 0-)
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      I've never understood the animosity that Terry McAuliffe seems to generate among certain people at this website.  He seems like a fairly mainstream Democratic politician to me, and about as liberal as we're likely to get in the Old Dominion (Tim Kaine and Mark Warner aren't exactly flaming radicals either).  

      Why the animosity?  Please explain in detail.  

      •  It's not my fight but (1+ / 0-)
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        slothlax

        Virginia can do what it likes, but Terry is just the kind of Democrat that has wondering when the party is going to put itself out of its misery and die so something better can take its place.

        He's boring, bland, establishment, risk averse, for anything you want him to be, against anything you want him to oppose, stands for nothing and everything,

        I guess he can do no harm in the Governor's office.  

        In fact, on second thought, thank you for keeping him out of Congress.

        •  The comment (0+ / 0-)
          Terry is just the kind of Democrat that has wondering when the party is going to put itself out of its misery and die so something better can take its place
          in the context of what is still geographically and culturally outside NOVA a Southern state makes me realize there are as many here as delusional as those convinced when Republicans really, really embrace true conservatism they can impeach Obama and take the White House and Congress. I think of 1960s students sitting in basements shit Che posters muttering "come the revolution."

          Yeah, for about fifty years I've wanted a "better Democratic" party or for "sane people" in this country to "wake up." I'd also like a really big ocean going vessel for a home, peace to break out all over, a century's worth of carbon to go back into the strata from which it came and so on.

          I have to deal with the real world and make the changes I can. Part of that is voting what is possible in any given election, even if it is the basic sanitation of eliminating the biggest shit of the choices. As I've said before, anyone here, on a political junkie site that cannot be that reality based is likely a dilettante and not serious about change that is possible.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:33:27 AM PST

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  •  Key item ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, oortdust

    which I think matters for leverage into the election is that the UVA nightmare was likely related to (if not driven by) Cuccinelli's insane climate science denial and his inquisition (falsely based inquisition) against Michael Mann.  The leadership crisis occurred just as the President was about to approve the faculty's recommendation (decision) to grant Mann a tenure position.  With the crisis, the offer disappeared. Hmmm ...

    Some sources:

    Recent radio report: http://www.wvtf.org/...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

    http://daskrap.com/...

    http://my.firedoglake.com/...

    http://bluevirginia.us/...

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    by A Siegel on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:34:34 AM PST

    •  No way (0+ / 0-)

      I seriously doubt the election is going to hinge on a disgruntled former employee.  If climate politics were relevant in the VA Gov race, Cooch would not even be running.

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:59:59 AM PST

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      •  Disgruntled former employee ???? (3+ / 0-)

        Take a look at the material.  This isn't about "Michael Mann".

        Point is to link Cooch to the disruption at UVA, which many Virginians would actually care about.

        RE "climate", honestly, the issue has not (not just imo) been raised by VA D politicians in any serious way. There will be a strong contrast between Terry and Ken in this arena -- if Terry's team chooses to play it.  Will "anti-science" get attention, because that is what Ken is.

        Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

        by A Siegel on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:17:04 AM PST

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        •  If you really think that's a winning issue... (1+ / 0-)
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          I have a bridge to sell you.

          Really?  A climate change scientist versus an Attorney General?  You really think that's the kind of issue that a carpetbagger can run on and win in a state like Virgina?  It will be tough to move voters in NoVa on that issue, forget the rest of the state.

          There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

          by slothlax on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:02:25 AM PST

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          •  Again ... (5+ / 0-)

            this isn't "Michael Mann vs Cuccinelli" -- and that sort of framing would / does make this not useful.

            It is:

            * Cuccinelli placed his anti-science ideology above the interests of Virginians, including expending significant resources (potentially $millions) on a witch-hunt that was against academic independence (which lowered Virginia's strong reputation re support for state schools) and which was based on anti-science ideology with no basis in legal code -- that money could have been used to pursue real criminals, instead the "Attorney General" wasted time and money on anti-science ideology

            * Science denial contributed to the removal of the UVA President, the leadership crisis at the University, and the undermining of UVA's/Virginia's reputation

            And, well, have to say that it is hard to see you as a "support Democratic candidates" when using term like "Carpet Bagger".  Just how long has Terry McAuliffe been in Virginia? Over 20 years.   Warner is from Indiana and Kaine from Minnesota.  Does that make Virginia's two Democratic Senators "carpet baggers"?  What leading Virginian Republicans merit "Carpet Bagger" if we count this sort of 'born out of state and moved to VA'?  Ken Cuccinelli, NJ; George Allen, CA; Bob McDonnell, PA. Hmmm ... Are you seeking to undermine the (almost certain) Democratic Party nominee to be the next Governor of Virginia or what?

            The way that I phrase this issue:

            A Modern Day Virginian:  Terry McAuliffe is a Virginian -- a VA drivers' license carrying and VA registered voter for decades. America is defined by social, economic, and geographic mobility. Yes, Terry McAuliffe wasn't born in Virginia.  Neither, by the way, was New Jersey-born Cuccinelli.

            Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

            by A Siegel on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:43:27 AM PST

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          •  Carpetbagger? (2+ / 0-)
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            A Siegel, pelagicray

            How long does someone need to live in a state to be a legitimate candidate?

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            by JamieG from Md on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:44:15 AM PST

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      •  that's not the issue (6+ / 0-)

        what Cuccinelli did by going after Mann totally pissed off UVA, and that carries serious weight across a large chunk of the state.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:21:53 AM PST

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        •  Different angle / issue ... (0+ / 0-)

          It is quite possible (look at material that I provided) that the entire leadership crisis was sparked by a fossil fuel/global warming denier imperative/desire to preempt a tenure-track offer to Mann.

          Highly related to but not the Cuccinelli abuse of Attorney General resources to pursue an inquisition against Mann via the court room.

          Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

          by A Siegel on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:45:09 AM PST

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  •  the MA U.S. Senate special election also (0+ / 0-)

    The VA and NJ gubernatorial elections would be the premiere political races in 2013 ordinarily, but this year will also have the hugely important U.S. Senate special election in Massachusetts (likely in July) to fill the term of Secretary of State-to-be Sen John Kerry. For most Dems not located in VA or NJ, that MA U.S. Senate special election will be of more importance than the two governor races.

    •  except that is not really competitive (3+ / 0-)
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      slothlax, absdoggy, Sue B

      1.  Dems will not have a divisive primary

      2.  Repubs lack a strong candidate -  it would be suicidal for Scott Brown to go up against Ed Markey and he knows it -  he will almost certainly hold his fire for the Governor's race for an open seat

      3.  Repubs have no other serious candidates on the landscape right now

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:23:14 AM PST

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  •  McAuliffe shouldn't have any trouble collecting (8+ / 0-)

    money. He's good at that. Nor is it a problem that lots of money will be spent on political propaganda, as long as it actually goes into media coffers. The problem with some of the Republican campaign strategists is that, like insurance companies, they just funnel money into bank accounts for Wall Street to sequester and play with.
    The contrast between the Willard and Obama campaigns is actually instructive. Obama set up offices and paid staff. Willard funnelled money into the pockets of cronies.
    Perhaps a more salient issue is that McAuliffe, unlike the former prosecutor, is not mean. Prosecutors, in general, and political ambitious prosecutors shoudl give us pause. As a group, they are the only people in the U.S. legally immune from retribution for any excesses in which they might engage.

    Prosecutors are protected by the tradition, and it is only a tradition, of absolure immunity, based on the assumption that their function is solely ministerial.  That is, they are presumed to merely pass information from the executive to the judicial branch and make no final decisions. That personal ambition might influence their behavior isn't accounted for. It seems to be sort of an oversight, somewhat like the failure to recognize that public officials might perpetrate a tort against their own people, not just foreign nationals -- an oversight which wasn't corrected until 1947. Prosecutorial malfeasance has been recognized, but there has been no judicial or legislative action to address it. Prosecutors can be as abusive as they want and there's no recourse. Elections hardly matter since the victims of their abuse don't get to vote and the crooks they let off tend to be grateful.

    It's my suspicion that the prosecutorial mindset is endemically unsuited to legislative or executive action. Prosecutors need practice no restraint, because they count on the courts to do it for them. In my mind, at least, that's what accounted for the spectacle of the Massachusetts prosecutor going after the British au pair. Remember Martha Coakley? That she was trounced by Scott Brown was not a bad thing. That she's self-righteous and intransigent might not have been noticed in two years and Elizabeth Warren wouldn't have had a chance.

    A mean person can do a lot of dammage in four years.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:48:50 AM PST

  •  The News This Morning (11+ / 0-)

    says Cuccinelli is responsible for an end to green energy subsidies for consumers in VA.  Since when does the Attorney General get involved in such policies, regardless of their merit?

    Cuccinelli is the most dangerous and embarrassing candidate in VA since Michael Farris ran for US Senate.  Add in Koch funding, and it doesn't look good, without a vicious counterattack to expose this extremist.

    Not sure if loudmouth Terry can handle it.  Hope so.

    •  The Cooch has a long record of involving himself (1+ / 0-)
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      glattonfolly

      in his pet personal projects outside, and at times to the detriment, of his "official duties" (See this for a sample) and he has actually been a lousy AG due to that tendency.

      His real "official duty" as far as he and his supporters are concerned is advancement of a radical anti-abortion, anti-science and anti-federal agenda.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:26:12 AM PST

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  •  Cucinnelli makes GWB look like a genius, so (4+ / 0-)

    defeating him is a must, not just for Virginians but for all Americans.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:15:21 AM PST

  •  Ken, why do people in VA (2+ / 0-)
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    LIKE Ken Cucinelli?  Aside from the support of fellow extremists on women's issues, what is his appeal to voters?

    "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    by SottoVoce on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:53:02 AM PST

    •  A lot of it is just sleeping during elections. (0+ / 0-)

      This critter got in during a special in Fairfax County, even then trending blue, in August 2002 with 16% of registered voters turning out.

      He then got name recognition—without some of the attendant "what he really is doing" baggage attached—for the next election. He scraped by in Virginia's off-off year elections as his district turned increasingly blue and, seeing the signs, jumped for state office in the 2009 election. In that election triumphant Obama national voters sat on their hands, with some urging from the folks here that ignore the fact that sometimes we have to flush really bad shit down the toilet even if "our" candidate is not inspiring or particularly desirable (some of that appears upthread).

      And before anyone wants to come up with the counter that all off year elections show a drop see my response to such an argument with details with this summary:

      2005    1025942    Kaine
      2006    1175606    Webb
      2008    1959532    Obama
      2009    818950    Deeds
      2010    911116    Democrats for Congress

      If my quick little spreadsheet is right that puts the total Democratic vote for the Governor that would determine majority status on ever election board in the state and the coattails for every statehouse race for reapportionment for the next decade at 359,279.2 votes under the average of all those years and 1,140,582 under Obama's vote the previous year.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:40:49 AM PST

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      •  he also got reelected to full Senate term (1+ / 0-)
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        when his opponent was a weak candidate whose campaign manager took weekends off during the summer and he still beat her by only a bit ove 100 votes.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:46:12 AM PST

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        •  Democrats and others in Virginia not radical (0+ / 0-)

          right have to realize that some of these candidates, this one in particular, have a built in near guaranteed base. Any opponent has to start by having enough support to counter that base. Simply, the religious right loyalist, riled up from the pulpits of radical churches are a hurdle every progressive candidate must be able to jump at the start of a race.

          In that first little off election, when most people indeed took off from civic duty, Catholic and mega-church anti abortion activists used those platforms to turn out that base. My polling place had been empty according to workers, some were napping if I recall. As we left a church vehicle pulled up with a sudden "surge" in that lifeless place.

          One of our problems is that the religious right has provided an organized and usually fervent base through its large group gathering regularly. As the religious right gained such "halls" we were losing union halls and other gathering places. I know of no equivalent locale in Democratic or progressive or liberal circles where up to thousands gather weekly or even more often to be indoctrinated by "authority" on how to stand on issues and even, skating legality, how to vote. One of the mega churches strongly for this candidate had voter's guides in its pews. If I recall that raised issues about tax exempt status, but those went no where.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:21:53 AM PST

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    •  Maybe they don't (1+ / 0-)
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      Not many people voted in 2010. I hope we can do better this year.

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      by JamieG from Md on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:51:31 AM PST

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  •  This is the next big battle in our war vs. RW nuts (4+ / 0-)
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    grrr, pelagicray, JamieG from Md, LordMike

    Ken and Defend are exactly right. Virginia 2013 will be a big race with national implications, irrespective of Cuccinelli's personal prospects. Those who want to continue to fight against RW extremism, those who would like to see Tea Party positions marginalized in our political discourse, and those who would like to see Virginia's 13 electoral votes in the Democratic column in 2016 would do well to rally round Virginia activists trying to stop Cuccinelli this year. Many of you supported our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin in their spirited rear-guard defense against Walker. Please - this time - let's stop the madness before it starts by denying this RW fanatic a pulpit and a laboratory for his hyper-conservative agenda.

    I don't have much to add, besides concurrence, to Ken's able refutation of some of the concerns expressed about Terry McAuliffe. On substance, the contrast with Cuccinelli shouldn't need further elaboration (but I'm sure that we will be explaining it in many future diaries...).  On electability, well, damnit, much of that depends on us. As an activist, in the precinct operations trenches, I am frustrated beyond belief with prognostications and projections that provide excuses for taking no action. Listen - EVERY candidate poses challenges.  It is our job to make the best of those challenges, carry the message to the doors and the phones (and the screens), mobilize the base voters, and persuade undecideds that our candidate will be better for them than the alternative.

    We WILL be doing that in Virginia this year. We WILL need as much support - financial, volunteer, intellectual, and spiritual - as we can get from Democrats across the country. And it WILL be in your short, mid, and long term interests that we succeed.  Thank you in advance.

  •  I volunteered for Obama in Virginia (0+ / 0-)

    and he had an amazing organization in Virginia.

    I showed up at someone's house every week who was responsible for the canvassing in two precincts.  She collected everyone's e-mail address who volunteered and sent us e-mails.  

    I do not think that she was alone in collecting e-mails individually and in addition to that the Obama campaign has a huge data base from Virginia volunteers.

    I suspect that even though I live in Maryland, I will be hearing from someone about volunteering to help in race for governor.  

  •  why mcauliffe? (0+ / 0-)

    I know he's the only one to announce. I know he ran before. I know he can raise money. I know he's not Cuccinelli.  But I've never heard a single reason to vote for the guy.  
    He's never held elective office. I'm not aware of any civic activities.  I don't know what, if anything he's done for the Commonwealth.  
    I don't know if he's empathetic, sympathetic, understands people, is well liked. Don't know what he believes. Don't know where he made his money, and whether people he worked with regard him as ethical, public-spirited.  Actually have never heard a single reason to vote FOR the guy, which is odd given how long he has been around.  
    Help us out here.

    •  Because the alternative is Gov. Cuccinelli (0+ / 0-)

      THAT is enough reason for me.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:31:40 AM PST

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      •  maybe it's enough (0+ / 0-)

        but enough to generate enthusiasm? Increase turnout?
        I'm sincerely asking the question above. I have never heard a single reason to vote for the guy except that he's good at raising money, and he's not the other guy.   How can somebody (apparently) this prominent be such a cypher?  Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran had, at least, affirmative pitches and some kind of history.  McAuliffe was, even after his primary last time, the least known....and came across merely as "I raised a lot of money and I'm a Democrat".   I mean Don Beyer and Mary Sue Terry had more going for them than that. Even Mark Warner had a pitch when he started his political career (and he's about the least charismatic guy out there).

    •  You have just described the perfect Democrat (0+ / 0-)

      That is exactly what the establishment party wants.  An empty suit it can fill.  

      •  trust me, Terry is not an empty suit (0+ / 0-)

        you might not agree with him, but no one else is going to "fill" him - he is a self-made person and does not lack confidence in himself

        he will listen.  I know, because I have over the past few years engaged him on issues more than a few times.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:48:28 AM PST

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      north/south divide. Some of that I described here but a look at the 2012 election map really shows the story. That map is almost entirely red and the blue counties tend to fall into three categories:

      NOVA—urban, multicultural, not "real Viriginia" and reasonably blue

      majority African American— that interesting blue string from Hampton Roads down to the N.C. border, Richmond itself and augmented by urban blueish white voters as in Norfolk/Hampton.

      pointy headed intellectuals—the blue cluster around Charlottesville and Albemarle County

      I watch the red buildup in presidential elections without much unease as long as the Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax reports are still out. In Obama's first win I sat grinning over my Scotch as McCain's "lead" began its burial with those counties reporting. If I recall Fairfax's margin alone swamped the entire votes of many a red county. That is where the weight of population resides, NOVA and Hampton, but "real Virginia" really, really tends to dislike NOVA and African Americans alone cannot do much statewide despite Wilder's record.

      One reason the weak Mr. Deeds made it, and I voted in the primary for him for exactly that reason, was that the other alternative to McAuliffe was a deep blue resident of NOVA, Brian J. Moran (younger brother or Rep. Jim Moran). He was, I think accurately, viewed as absolute poison for picking up votes outside NOVA. Even McAuliffe, with plenty of bashing and "I'll sit out" on this site, beat Moran 26.43% to 23.79% in the 2009 June Democratic Primary.

      Because Virginia has off-off year elections much of the national oriented electorate fails to show in the best of times. The attraction factor of any statewide candidate downstate has to be considered as that blue map can vanish, as it did in 2010, in those odd year elections. Most really blue NOVA politicians, good candidates from the perspective of people here not knowing Virginia details, are problematic to pure poison downstate.

      Our few really good not NOVA high visibility politicians seem uninterested or otherwise occupied. McAuliffe has been spending lots of time downstate cultivating a possible support faction there to go along with support in the "blue" areas.

      Anyone trashing McAuliffe if he is all we've got to counter "The Cooch" fails to recognize all elections have consequences and one vital consequence is to flush, if that is the only choice, the biggest turds down the drain—and we do not know McAuliffe is going to be a turd in office.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:32:43 AM PST

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      •  Now there's a campaign slogan (0+ / 0-)

        and we do not know McAuliffe is going to be a turd in office.

        •  Nope. Not at all, though it seems an assumption (0+ / 0-)

          among some here. But then you know about assumptions and making asses.

          We do know that The Cooch is a turd for anyone not in the fringe right wing. That should be enough to put all hands on the toilet flush.

          Then we have to see just what McAuliffe is like in office. Nothing is impossible, but the odds of him being as big a turd as Cooch there seems along the lines of one being hit by a meteorite while walking along the street. As a result I will have negative patience with people on this site that begin the whine again.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:10:32 AM PST

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    •  over time you will learn more about his positions (0+ / 0-)

      for now I can tell you that even though he is a Catholic he is strongly pro-choice, has a good record on civil rights and is not anti-science.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:47:16 AM PST

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      •  amazingly weak response though (0+ / 0-)

        Can the guy not communicate?  Does he love his dog? Does his dog love him?  What's he got going for him?    I mean for a high level political race, it's pretty weird, especially since it's not his first trip to the races.  I know a lot of D's and "well, he's a D" is about the most anybody's ever said in his favor.  

  •  OFA had great support in Virginia (0+ / 0-)

    The question is, can we get those same volunteers out to work for Terry McAuliffe.

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    by JamieG from Md on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:54:38 AM PST

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    the making. It is practically unlimited and more than a few of the worst in the state are almost entirely funded from out of state special interests. The Virginia Public Access Project is one of the few defenses against corruption in political funding and it only provides information.

    Some is a bit interesting. Why is Ace Cash Express of Irving, Texas pouring $104,502, 74% to the GOP from 2005 to now? Payday loans anyone? Keep regulations off? I'll have to admit some of the Dems also got minor amounts, good dems too.

    Virginia is also used to "offshore" contributions as with George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC:

    New York Governor George Pataki set up this PAC in Virginia, which unlike his own state has no limits on the size of donations he can accept.
    All the outlays went GOP.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:04:41 AM PST

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