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Ken Cuccinelli: Conservatives' New 'It' Candidate
American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons

Posted on 12/03/2012 1:51:25 PM PST by SeekAndFind

This past week Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling announced that he was dropping out of the race for Virginia's governor, but left open the door to his running as an independent. He issued a disappointingly divisive statement that Richard Viguerie called Bolling's Charlie Crist moment.

Bolling took an unfortunate and cheap shot against his primary opponent and now-presumptive Republican nominee, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Bolling's statement was a dénouement of betrayal to his conservative voters and supporters. We have come to expect that from establishment Republicans who somehow feel entitled to support from principled conservatives -- right up to the point that they no longer need us. Bill Bolling was a state senator from Virginia's heartland with eyes on running for Lieutenant Governor when I first heard him speak. At the time, I knew little about the 30-something state senator Ken Cuccinelli from the very blue county of Fairfax.

By pedigree of district, Bolling would have seemed to be the true conservative. After all, which conservatives ever win in heavily Democratic districts except those who compromise their principles?

Back then, Bolling emphasized his conservatism enough to impress me to attend other events. It was at one small event that I suggested to him that he campaign on requiring an audit of state government. His eyes lit up, and he wrote down the idea. That was heartening.

I later attended a fundraiser for Bolling but found no movement conservatives in attendance, just lobbyists it seemed. Bolling would eventually serve as Lieutenant Governor during the governorship of Democrat Tim Kaine, and a second term under the current Republican Governor Bob McDonnell.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: cuccinelli; governor; virginia

1 posted on 12/03/2012 1:51:36 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
The "Its" just keep coming and we keep getting disappointed.

Marco Rubio offering his version of Amnesty is just latest.

2 posted on 12/03/2012 1:55:58 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: SeekAndFind; Mad Dawg; EDINVA; JPG; Hawthorn; Paisan; ConservativeOrBust; VA_Gentleman; ...

Virginia Ping! If you want on or off the Virginia Ping List, please freepmail me.

3 posted on 12/03/2012 2:31:34 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Often, the non-conservatives, within the entire GOP, are creating much more long-term damage towards all of U.S. conservatism than what the remaining leftists are doing against U.S. conservatism.

4 posted on 12/03/2012 2:33:07 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: SeekAndFind


“On the way out”


“Out of touch”

When the liberals say this about Republicans, it is true.

But only true about the RINO’s like Bolling. I can say as a Virginian, Bill is a nice guy - friends know him well. But he’s a RINO. Old, on the way out, and out of touch. I only wish he were a species that is......

RINO’s - get out of the way, quit losing elections, and let the Ken Cuccinelli’s lead.....

5 posted on 12/03/2012 2:49:33 PM PST by Arlis (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This article doesnt really say what Bolling did that was wrong. It just seems like a Cuccinelli advertisement.

6 posted on 12/03/2012 2:52:48 PM PST by Red_Challenger
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To: TexasCajun
Well, Ken is no Marco Rubio. In his own words:

Over the years, many people have told me that they may not agree with me on every issue, but they appreciate knowing where I stand. And they feel confident voting for me because they know exactly what they're getting: a no-nonsense, constitutional conservative who will watch out for every Virginian.

I've never wavered from defending First Principles. My record backs it up. Starting as a state senator, I fought for almost eight years to get private property rights protected in our state Constitution. I am proud to say that Amendment 1 passed with over 74% of the vote on November 6th, even while the Democrat Party of Virginia tried to stop it.

As Attorney General, I was the first to sue the federal government over the federal healthcare bill. I have been instrumental in changing the role of attorneys general across America to focus on being the last line of defense for our Constitution.

I have a clear and simple vision for my term as governor: Decrease the burdens of government, increase individual liberty, and focus on continuing the efforts of Governor McDonnell on economic development. Liberty in the economy is opportunity. We can't have economic opportunity without liberty.

But to make this happen, I need your help, the help of every single person here. Defenders of liberty, conservatives, Virginia Republicans ... we are an inclusive, yet diverse lot. But we can't get to where we want to go without each other.

7 posted on 12/03/2012 2:58:27 PM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Red_Challenger
Cuccinelli advertisement
your right... there is a lot of that around here....
8 posted on 12/03/2012 2:58:42 PM PST by vet7279
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To: Red_Challenger

How about threatening a third-party run?

9 posted on 12/03/2012 3:06:57 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

There is that. But the article makes a lot of claims that Bolling made statements and did actions out of conservative philosophy without actually showing any of them.

10 posted on 12/03/2012 3:22:19 PM PST by Red_Challenger
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To: Red_Challenger

Bolling is a RINO and a sell-out...he does not deserve to hold elected office.

11 posted on 12/04/2012 3:58:00 PM PST by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
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