Video: Cuccinelli Shares His Thoughts on Bill Bolling’s Possible Independent Candidacy


    Verrry interesting; thanks to Rick Sincere for shooting this video of Ken Cuccinelli speaking this morning at the Albemarle County GOP breakfast.

    I met with the LG a couple weeks ago for about an hour and one of the things I told him was I didn’t meet with him sooner because everything I saw him saying suggested that even if we were on a desert island together he didn’t want to talk to me…We talked for a while, and it wasn’t the most comfortable set of circumstances…I’ve worked with Bill for many years, he has over 20 years of great Republican service. Frankly, when we were in the Senate, our voting records, there was hardly a hair’s breath of distance between us

    I have a lot of good things to say about Bill…he’s going to make his own decision here, he’s set an announcement for March 14, and obviously I hope this will be a one-on-one race. But I also don’t want you to get too wrapped up in that…the two polls I’ve seen that included him, he’s drawn as much from McAuliffe as he has from me…

    It would be a more difficult year, we’d much rather run with Bill as an ally and a supporter and continuing as a Republican as he has been for so long, and I hope that’s the way it goes, but it will not be solely determinative of the outcome of the race. I expect that unless he thinks he can win, that he isn’t likely to get in…he’s got to formulate a path to do that somehow, where he and I have very, very similar political records. That presents a challenge intellectually for him to think through how that would happen and then to get behind it…

    By the way, one amusing – also highly telling – thing about this video, is that it’s pretty much one conservative, older white guy after another asking questions; no Latinos, no Asian Americans, no African Americans, no LGBT Americans, no young people, no women (at one point Cuccinelli practically pleads for a woman to ask a question…none do, at least that I saw on the video). That’s why the Republican Party keeps losing national elections, and it’s a huge challenge for them going forward. We’ll see how they respond.

    • I also thought the following comments were interesting, in the sense that they once again show how wacked out Cuccinelli is:

      >One of the problems with the ever-laying-on of federal regulations and commands about how we all run our governments, our local governments, our businesses, is this sort of maniacal drive that we all be the same...diversity is a strength of this country, we shouldn’t try to wring it out, including intellectual diversity, policy diversity…but we’re not going to have any of them if the federal government is just squashing all of us…

      Cuccinelli also adds that “we won’t have the wind at our back [politically] in 2013 as we did in 2009.”

    • The very first day that [McAuliffe] was their presumptive nominee…So the very next day, McAuliffe attacks Gov. McDonnell for not offering him big enough incentives – read “bribery, when government does it it’s legal” – to put his green car factory here in Virginia…[PolitiFact FOIA’ed all this material]. Well it turns out that the governor was Tim Kaine. Whoops! And they never really completed the process…McAuliffe and his folks never really went through the process to even try to be here…[that’s] what you and I might call “lying.” And that was on day 1…So most recently the last couple days he was on the radio saying, “well, the board of directors decided to put it in Mississippi.” Oh really?!? So for the whole last year when you were saying you run this thing, as the chairman of the board by the way, that wasn’t true? Which way was it?

    • kindler

      …with a conversation with a fellow Republican says a great deal about the extent of his problems, which are not simply ideological, but at the core of his appalling personality.  

      What a disaster he would be as governor when he simply can’t get along with anyone — one day, stabbing Bolling in the back on the governor’s race, another day stabbing McDonnell in the back over transportation, every day offending everyone else who’s not a hard-right conservative.  If you can’t get along with anyone, you shouldn’t be in politics.  

      The only way such a person could maintain a grip on the state would be by imposing martial law — oops, better not give the guy any ideas!