Slowly out of the blocks. As the 2013 governor’s race gets underway Ken Cuccinelli finds himself stumbling in the early going. Most of Cuccinelli’s wounds have been self-inflicted. Individually, none of these slips have been significant. However, taken as a whole, they may indicate a rudderless campaign and/or an over-confident candidate.
Book of the Month Club. Cuccinelli oddly decided to kick off his campaign with the publication of a book depicting himself as something of a hero beating back federal over-reach. The book provided a distraction and was “off message” in a race for governor.
Double dipping. Ken Cuccinelli ignored three decades of protocol by refusing to resign from his full time position as Attorney General in order to campaign for governor. Four years ago, Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell resigned in order to campaign for governor saying, “The office is a very difficult job. It demands a full-time attorney general to do the hard work that’s required.” Indeed.
Just being a dip. After McAuliffe sent a Tweet advising Virginians to stay safe in the snow, Cuccinelli issued a bizarre, snarky response. A Cuccinelli spokesperson said, “Terry McAuliffe is so out of touch with Virginia, that only he would tweet his concerns about a massive snowstorm in the Commonwealth, while palling around with his millionaire friends in Florida.” And where is our full time Attorney General now? In Maryland, at CPAC, “palling around” with millionaires Donald Trump and Mitt Romney. Let’s hope it doesn’t snow.
Where’s the beef. The Washington Post‘s token conservative Jennifer Rubin wrote a column on Monday entitled, “Cuccinelli Must Get His Act Together”. The ultra-right Ms. Rubin chastises Cuccinelli for his lack of proposed policies – “And lastly, as I have written here at Right Turn, he has no discernible agenda or specific policy items. Why is he running? What does he want to accomplish?”
Gridlock on gridlock. Terry McAuliffe was given credit for working behind the scenes to help pass Bob McDonnell’s transportation proposal. On the other hand, Cuccinelli knows he doesn’t like the compromise plan but isn’t too sure what he would do instead. Weeks after the transportation measure was passed Cuccinelli is still “mum” on his position regarding the plan. This is an odd situation for Mr. Cuccinelli given his willingness to lambaste the uncertainties in Obamacare. It seems that Mr. Cuccinelli may be better suited to endless criticism of others than devising plans of his own.
Et tu, Vince? Three former Republican legislators have already seen enough of the Cuccinelli campaign. Forty year Republican General Assembly veteran Vince Callahan joined 32 year Republican vet Jim Dillard and Katherine Waddell in publicly announcing support for Tery McAuliffe. Ouch!