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When it comes to challenging Democrat Terry McAuliffe's business chops, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has found a new venture to criticize: Franklin Pellets, a manufacturing outfit in Hampton Roads backed by an investment group that includes McAuliffe and some of his buddies.

Franklin Pellets was looking to take over a failing paper company in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia with hopes of turning leftover wood from the timber industry into pellets that could be used for renewable energy. The company has yet to produce the pellets, however, prompting Cuccinelli to charge that it is another GreenTech Automotive, McAuliffe's Mississippi electric car company that has not begun production.

But in 2012, Cuccinelli actually played a key role in helping Franklin Pellets arrange a deal with the state. The attorney general signed off on a contract in September 2012 that allowed ecoFUELS Pellet Storage, the sister company of Franklin Pellets, to rent space with the Virginia Port Authority, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by The Washington Examiner.

As attorney general, Cuccinelli's office provides counsel to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on contracts. McDonnell also approved the lease. - Washington Examiner, 5/7/13

Can someone please explain to me why a clown like Cuccinelli has a lead over McAuliffe right now:

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has an early lead over businessman Terry McAuliffe in their race for governor, a new Washington Post poll shows, even as most voters in the commonwealth have yet to engage in the nationally watched contest.

Six months before Election Day, Cuccinelli (R) has a slender 46 to 41 percent edge over McAuliffe (D) among all Virginia voters and a significant 51 to 41 percent lead among those who say they’re certain to cast ballots in November. But those numbers may change before then: The poll found that barely 10 percent say they are following the campaign “very closely” and that nearly half of the electorate says they’re either undecided or could change their minds.

With Virginia’s evolution into a swing state, the race is drawing intense scrutiny as the nation’s lone competitive November matchup so far. McAuliffe has not been able to assemble the coalition that has led Democrats to statewide victories. President Obama prevailed in 2008 and 2012, and Democratic U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Timothy M. Kaine won in recent years after running as consensus-building moderates and driving the base turnout.

Having never held office, McAuliffe is the lesser-known quantity in this year’s contest, giving both sides the opportunity to try to define him in coming months. Fully 70 percent of Virginia voters say they know “just a little” or “nothing at all” about him or his qualifications to be governor. Even 65 percent of Democrats know little about the party’s nominee.

There is also broad uncertainty about Cuccinelli — 52 percent of voters say they know little about his qualifications — but the public continues to give a more positive than negative assessment of his work as attorney general. About 54 percent of voters say that he has “high personal moral and ethical standards,” about triple the number saying that he does not.

Cuccinelli is up in the race because he has overwhelming support from the GOP base. Among all registered voters, he’s backed by 95 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of conservatives and 62 percent among white men. - Washington Post, 5/4/13

McAuliffe better get his shit together because the last thing we all want is to see the Cooch become Governor.  If you'd like to get involved with McAuliffe's campaign, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Virginia Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:00:11 PM PDT

  •  Whatever happened... (0+ / 0-)

    To Lt. Governor Bill Bolling? He was supposed to be the "anointed one" as Bob McDonnell's successor. I'd heard he was running as an independent...has that changed?

    If it remains a two-man race, Terry Mac has no chance whatsoever. But a three-man contest--with Bolling in the race--offers him an opportunity to pull this off...

    "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."--George Santayana

    by GainesT1958 on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:31:36 PM PDT

  •  McAuliffe (5+ / 0-)

    As you stated "better get his shit together." You're darn right on that.  How is he campaigning and has he replied to Cuccinelli in a media statement that Cuccinelli approved this sale?  With Republicons you have to be one step ahead of them and Bill Clinton better lead McAuliffe in that direction.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:59:56 PM PDT

  •  McAuliffe is an Unprincipled DNC Hack (0+ / 0-)
    Can someone please explain to me why a clown like Cuccinelli has a lead over McAuliffe right now
    It's sad that he's the best Virginia Dems can do. It looks more likely Cooch will be governor. Both parties put up horrible candidates. I suppose Democrats will use their typical strategy of simply pointing out how horrible the repug candidate is.

    "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

    by Aspe4 on Wed May 08, 2013 at 06:23:09 AM PDT

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