2013 Elections / Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Two inseparable candidates

5-30-13-Ken-Cuccinelli-Mark-Obenshain-v2My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. Of course, the two candidates the title refers to are Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain.

It seems illogical that the polls show Cuccinelli losing while Obenshain is keeping the race close. As I said in the article, Obenshain is Cuccinelli 2.0. I guess the voters simply aren’t aware.

I can’t make that excuse for the editorial boards at some papers. After all, they are supposed to be closer to the candidates than the rest of us.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch refused to endorse in the gubernatorial race, yet endorsed Obenshain for AG. Here’s what they said about Cuccinelii:

On social issues such as abortion and homosexual rights, Cuccinelli not only takes stands we find objectionable but pursues his divisive agenda with a stridency that was unbecoming in an attorney general and would be unbecoming in a governor. We do not support abortion for any reason at any time and have embraced bans on late-term abortions, for instance; we remain troubled by Cuccinelli’s approach to personhood and to regulations on clinics.

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We disagree with Cuccinelli’s opposition to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation package.

How, exactly, does Obenshain differ from Cuccinelli on any of these issues? He doesn’t. But obviously that didn’t concern the RTD because they mentioned none of these issues in their gushing endorsement of Obenshain.

Thursday morning saw a similar act from The Roanoke Times.  After endorsing Obenshain Wednesday, based on his promises to not be like Cuccinelli, that paper refused to endorse in the gubernatorial contest Thursday.  Nevermind Obenshain’s record – “the causes the Republican has chosen to champion have often been disappointing” – because he promised to do better.

Unbelievable.  And irresponsible.

It’s no wonder the voters, many of whom have never heard of Obenshain before now, don’t know his record.

Four years ago, Virginians were warned about what kind of AG Cuccinelli would be. Having been burned by him, you’d think we’d be – or at least, those in the know would be – a little hesitant about putting into office someone The Washington Post called “Cuccinelli’s Clone.”

Let’s not make that mistake.

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8 thoughts on “ICYMI: Two inseparable candidates

  1. The reason is that the money coming in for TMac is about five times what Cooch has gotten. TMac has been, after all, nothing but a political fund-raiser. Those he raised money for are paying him back, and those who gave money to him for other candidates are now giving it to him for his own candidacy.

    Obenshain’s opponent does not have that backing.

  2. I would like to know how you think you have been “burned” by Cuccinelli.

    Did he not faithfully defend the laws of Virginia — even those he disliked?

    • No he didn’t. He went on witch hunts (Manning), wasted taxpayer resources (filing suits, drawing his pay while campaigning) and pretty much made Virginia a national laughingstock (cover up the breast on the seal- really?). He did everything he could to push his social conservative agenda – from his issuance of the memo to the universities on discrimination to his strong-arming on the health regulations. (It is legal to have an abortion in the U.S., which includes Virginia, you know.)

      • Manning? Who’s Manning?

        Filing suits? That’s what the AG is supposed to do. What unjustified suits did Cuccinelli file?

        Drawing a paycheck while campaigning? Is there any duty of his office he did not fulfil during that time? Should every governor and a.g. resign to run for re-election, too?

        The memo to state colleges only re-iterated State law in response to queries to his office. That is his job.

        (If he were merely being “activist,” would he not have sent out a similar memo regarding the State colleges usurping the power to ban guns on campus, which State law clearly reserves to the GA? One can only suppose that there were no such queries to his office on that subject. Too bad.)

        Of his “strong-arming” health regulations, I know nothing. Please explain.

        • And you’ve never had a typo, right, Warren? You know full well I meant Mann.

          The Mann situation wasted resources. The suit against the Affordable Care Act, and EPA regulations wasted resources.

          He has draw a full paycheck while working just 26% of the time. Nice work if you can get it.

          If you were correct on the memo, then Gov. Bob McDonnell wouldn’t have had to override it, would he?

          He bullied the board over the regulation of abortion clinics.

          Show me one instance of him defending a law he didn’t like.

  3. The only logic I can see to Obenshain is he MIGHT somehow provide a balance to TM. Both Gubernatorial candidates negatives out way the positives. TM is my pick to win in any event

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