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