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"Quid Pro Quo" Ken Cuccinelli to Campaign with "Pay to Play" Nikki Haley

by: lowkell

Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 08:47:29 AM EDT


As we all know by now, Ken Cuccinelli is the epitome of the corrupt, "quid pro quo" politician - from Bobby Thompson and the "Navy Vets charity" scam to Jonnie Williams/Star Scientific to "chefgate" to CONSOL Energy to the Koch brothers to...it never ends. Combine that with Cuccinelli's extremism on contraception, a woman's right to choose, the environment, separation of church and state, economic policy, voting rights, etc, etc., and it's a combination that nobody in their right mind should support.

Now, just to drive home all those points, Cuccinelli's bringing in SC Gov. Nikki Haley, a far-right-wing nutjob on many of the same issues Cuccinelli is. Plus, as an added bonus, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) rated Haley one of the worst governors in America (a "clown") for bringing "the same pay-to-play politics to the governor's mansion" she's demonstrated "since her days in the state legislature."

For much of her term, Gov. Haley faced an ethics investigation and lawsuit focused on her outside employment while serving as a state representative. The complaint alleged the governor illegally lobbied on behalf of her former employer. Gov. Haley also earned $40,000 in consulting fees while serving in the legislature, which she did not disclose until her campaign for governor. The state House Ethics Committee ultimately cleared Gov. Haley of all charges.

According to a 2011 report, 26 of the 59 people Gov. Haley appointed to state boards and commissions were donors to her campaign, contributing $74,000 in total. Between November 2010 and October 2011, Gov. Haley regularly accepted trips on private planes belonging to people with potential business before the state, including an executive whose company received $4.5 million in state funds.

Sound familiar? Can we say "$1,000 turkey dinners?" In other words, she and Ken Cuccinelli are two rotten peas in a corrupt, extremist pod. They should get along very well together.
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Cuccinelli's Major Announcement is... Opposing the Transportation Bill Implementation? (0.00 / 0)
From the McAuliffe campaign:
Ken Cuccinelli is planning to make a "major announcement" today at 1pm, which will apparently be an attack on Terry McAuliffe for supporting transportation projects that could be funded by this year's bipartisan transportation compromise.

"Buried in Cuccinelli's fabricated accusations is this piece of news: Ken Cuccinelli's major announcement is that he apparently won't be implementing the bipartisan transportation compromise or using it's $6 billion in new funding to invest in Virginia's transportation system," said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin.  "For Cuccinelli to once again radically reverse his position on the most significant legislative accomplishment in recent memory would be a stunning and desperate move, even as he moves back to the Tea Party."



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Cuccinelli Opposes Widening Rt. 58 (0.00 / 0)
From the McAuliffe campaign:
Ken Cuccinelli today attacked Terry McAuliffe for supporting the ongoing process of widening Rt. 58.  

"First Ken Cuccinelli inaccurately claimed that Rt. 58 was already 4 lanes for its entire length and now he's attacking Terry for supporting the bipartisan effort to actually widen it," said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin.  "This is just another example of Ken Cuccinelli caring more about his own ideological agenda than the economic well-being of Virginia."



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Cuccinelli Opposes Extending the Tide to Virginia Beach (0.00 / 0)
From the McAuliffe campaign:
Ken Cuccinelli today attacked Terry McAuliffe for supporting the extension of light rail, the Tide, to Virginia Beach.  This project, supported by more than 60% of voters in a referendum, is an important component to strengthening the Hampton Roads economy.

"Ken Cuccinelli is apparently bucking the bipartisan consensus of Virginia Beach's voters and opposing extending the Tide to Virginia Beach," said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin.  "This is just another example of Ken Cuccinelli caring more about his own ideological agenda than the economic well-being of Virginia."



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Vanessa: Ken Cuccinelli is Wrong for Virginia (0.00 / 0)


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McAuliffe Campaign Statement on Ken Cuccinelli's Desperate, Misleading Attacks (0.00 / 0)
From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's campaign released the following statement today in response to Ken Cuccinelli's "major announcement" attacking McAuliffe's plans to invest in and strengthen the Commonwealth:

"After spending months under fire for his ties to Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams and an out-of-state energy company, Ken Cuccinelli sunk to a new low today with his latest round of desperate and misleading attacks on Terry McAuliffe," said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin. "Cuccinelli's 'announcement' included fabricated numbers and more of the same attacks on investing in transportation infrastructure that Virginians have seen from him for years. His opposition to supporting projects funded through this year's bipartisan transportation compromise and his attacks on Terry for supporting both the bipartisan effort to widen Route 58 and the extension of the Tide to Virginia Beach leave Cuccinelli yet again far out of the mainstream."



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