Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cuccinelli says McAuliffe ignorant on how Va. government functions

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and candidate for governor.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and candidate for governor.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli takes an early hard right punch at the Democrat for governor Terry McAuliffe saying: Terry McAuliffe Hasn’t A Clue About Governing. Will voters see this as a negative for McAuliffe or is it a plus. Does every candidate whether Republican or Democrat who hasn’t held a statewide office know all the ins and outs of the office they are seeking?

What comes to mind is the seven Republican Lieutenant Governor candidates most of whom have not held statewide office. One Democrat, Aneesh Chopra for Lt. Governor has not held an elected office. Though involved in politics U.S. Senator Mark Warner who was elected governor in 2002 held no state office and was elected.

The record of the candidate in statewide office may appeal to voters and is a plus but on the other hand it can be seen as a negative based on a voters ideology. Cuccinelli has a record there is no doubt – a hard-right anti-federal government, social conservative candidate ho appeals to the right-wing Tea Party base … but are there enough of them to anoint him as governor.

McAuliffe former DNC chair is running as a moderate business man following Tim Kaine and Mark Warner’s governor reign. Not having been elected to any office and clearly a total opposite of his opponent could make both Democrats and independents run to him or rather away from Cuccinelli.

With Bill Bolling out of the picture the head to head contest may get nasty as Cuccinelli has demonstrated here.

Cuccinelli says that after losing the Democrat primary in 2009, Terry McAuliffe has had four years to brush up on how Virginia’s government functions, but it’s clear he has squandered this opportunity.

Earlier this morning it was revealed not only does McAuliffe not know the technical aspects of the legislative and governor’s operations, but he can’t even name the positions in the governor’s cabinet.

As the Virginian Pilot reports:

In a recent interview, McAuliffe wouldn’t give specific responses when asked about technical aspects of legislative and governor’s office operations. Asked if he could name the positions in the governor’s Cabinet, for instance, McAuliffe said: “Maybe could, maybe couldn’t.  McAuliffe wouldn’t give specific responses when asked about technical aspects of legislative and governor’s office operations. Asked if he could name the positions in the governor’s Cabinet, for instance, McAuliffe said: “Maybe could, maybe couldn’t. … McAuliffe called such queries “gotcha” questions that he wouldn’t answer, saying Virginians care more about kitchen-table issues. (Julian Walker, McAuliffe Faces Cuccinelli, Inexperience In Race, Virginian-Pilot, 03/13/13)

“It didn’t take long to shred Terry McAuliffe’s façade as a serious candidate. Despite the years he’s had to prep for his second run for Governor, McAuliffe is still baffled by Virginia’s basic government structure,” said Ken Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix.  “Maybe McAuliffe can use time on his next plane ride visiting his millionaire friends to study up on the functions of Virginia’s government.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics, Uncategorized

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