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Received an e-mail today from Terry McAuliffe's (D. VA) campaign about Ken Cuccinelli's (R. VA) special guest coming to Virginia tomorrow:
The architect of the devastating government shutdown is taking a break from refusing to negotiate to come to Virginia tomorrow night.

Ted Cruz is appearing with Ken Cuccinelli on Saturday to rile up their base — the most radical, socially conservative wing of the Republican Party — at a fundraiser for the anti-gay, anti-women's health care Family Foundation.

And if Ken Cuccinelli wins in 32 days, we can expect more than just additional Ted Cruz appearances — Cuccinelli will inevitably bring the same damaging Cruz-style tactics to Richmond.
Will you donate $5 today to make sure we stop Cuccinelli and the most extreme parts of the Tea Party from running Virginia?

Ted Cruz's shutdown has furloughed thousands of workers in Virginia. That means they won't get paychecks — putting their homes, families and Virginia's economy at risk.

But Ken Cuccinelli is choosing to appear side by side with Ted Cruz tomorrow night anyway, demonstrating a shocking lack of understanding of the cause and very real effects of the shutdown.

It's up to us to make sure that Ken Cuccinelli doesn't bring Ted Cruz's political tactics to Richmond. Will you help us stop him by donating $5 today?

Thanks for taking action,

- Robby

Robby Mook
Campaign Manager
McAuliffe for Governor

Click here if you would like to donate to McAuliffe's campaign:

By the way, Cuccinelli's happy to have Cruz's support even though he's not crazy about the shutdown:

Three days into the shutdown crisis, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has come out with a coherent position. He's for a "clean CR." He's split, for the first time I can think of, with the Tea Party movement writ large. Cuccinelli did this after one of the "Obamacare roundtables" he's holding in Virginia, intended to raise ire and awareness of problems with the law.

Cuccinelli told reporters after a Thursday-morning event that shuttering the government is not the right way for opponents of the 2010 Affordable Care Act to gain leverage to defeat the law he wants to see repealed. “Strangling government to do this is not an appropriate course to go,” said Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general... “Holding one part of government hostage to another part, I don’t think is a proper way to govern." - Slate, 10/4/13

FYI, two new polls show McAuliffe holding onto his lead:

A new Hampton University poll in the Virginia governor’s race shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli II by 5 points in a contest that still appears up for grabs, pollsters said Thursday.

The margins between the GOP and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general were as close or closer.

The new statewide poll of likely voters — an inaugural effort by Hampton University’s Center for Public Policy — found that McAuliffe has 42 percent support compared with 37 percent for Cuccinelli, largely because of McAuliffe’s sizable backing from women and African-American voters.

Robert Sarvis, a Libertarian, received 8 percent. The Hampton University poll found that Sarvis has attracted interest across the board and draws almost evenly from Democrats and Republicans. The poll’s overall margin of error was 2.9 percent.  - Washington Post, 10/4/13

Here's the other poll:

Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has a narrow lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli a month away from Virginia's election for governor, according to a poll released on Friday.

McAuliffe, a former head of the Democratic National Committee, leads Cuccinelli, a Tea Party favorite, by 42 percent to 35 percent, the poll from the University of Mary Washington's Center for Leadership and Media Studies showed.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis got 10 percent backing among likely voters in the Nov. 5 election. Sarvis is a software engineer and lawyer.

"The strong showing by the Libertarian candidate for governor in this survey adds to the challenges all the gubernatorial candidates face as they need to adjust their strategies to a three-way race," Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said in a statement.

The poll was carried out Sept. 25 to 29 among 1,001 likely voters, with a margin of error of 4.7 percentage points. - Huffington Post, 10/4/13

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 01:13 PM PDT.

Also republished by Virginia Kos and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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