Tonight at a fund-raiser in Richmond, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was asked by a supporter to comment on the theory that his run for Governor will create a split in the Republican Party and diminish the chance that the Republican nominee will prevail in November 2013. Cuccinelli took the concern seriously but explained why his challenge, regardless of the victor, will actually increase the likelihood of a Republican resident in the Governors mansion in 2014. Cuccinelli explained that in 2009 on the Republican side there was a competitive three-way race for Attorney General between Cuccinelli, John Brownlee, and Dave Foster while Steve Shannon was unopposed on the Democrat side. Fresh off his convention victory in early June, Cuccinelli had a paltry one hundred thousand dollars while his opponent Steve Shannon had one million dollars in his war chest, but Cuccinelli had something money cannot buy, his campaigning steel was sharpened by months of campaigning for the nomination and he destroyed Shannon in debate after debate and cruised to victory.
Cuccinelli then went on to remind the group that the idea that nominees should be selected according to whose turn it is determined by party leaders is exactly the kind of thing that turns voters off and he doesn’t believe in “its your turn”. The AG then went on to say, it’s up to the voters to decide and if they decide they want Bill Bolling to be the candidate than Bill Bolling will be the candidate.
Ken Cuccinelli continues to impress me as the leader of the Republican Party of Virginia. Whether or not he is our candidate for Governor in 2013, his actions will make the Republican party stronger, not weaker, and will increase the likelihood that the Republican candidate will be victorious.