Cuccinelli Scaring Off Big Donors

In yet another lesson that running more and more candidates on the extreme right may not be helping the Republicans, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is so extreme on abortion rights that he is inspiring Republican donors to give money to his opponent.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has less than half as much cash as Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe, with a prominent list of Republican donors sitting out this year’s most competitive U.S. political contest — and in some cases switching sides.

The financial disadvantage four months before the election illustrates the difficulties confronting an attorney general who is campaigning on an economic growth plan yet is best known for his opposition to gay marriage and abortion.

“Mr. Cuccinelli’s very hard stance on some of the social issues is a concern for me,” said Virginia Beach developer Bruce L. Thompson, chief executive officer of Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts, a financial backer of current Republican Governor Bob McDonnell who in May gave McAuliffe $25,000.

“I believe personally in a woman’s right to choose, but I also think from an economic development standpoint, we’re trying to attract businesses from other areas of the country, and we’re telling women that we’re going to regulate the way that they run their life? I just don’t think we can be exclusionary when it comes to women” and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, Thompson said…

Of McDonnell’s top 25 individual donors, only 10 so far have contributed to Cuccinelli — leaving three-fifths either on the sidelines or actively working against Cuccinelli, financial disclosures posted by the Virginia Public Access Project show.

Donors who gave to McDonnell and haven’t provided funds to Cuccinelli include R. Ted Weschler, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) investment manager who switched allegiances and contributed $25,000 to McAuliffe in December 2012.

Looks a lot like Christine O’Donnell, doesn’t it? And Tom Emmers. And Todd Akin. And Sharron Angle. Time and time again the GOP runs these far-right candidates and they get beat in campaigns that they would likely have won if they’d run a more mainstream candidate. When E.W. Jackson is on your ticket, your appeal is limited only to the wingnuttiest of the state.

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  • Trebuchet

    The party that lives by the wingnut will die by the wingnut — at least in statewide and national races. In the House of Representatives and state legislatures, gerrymandering can go a long way to change that.

  • daved

    I just checked the polling on RealClearPolitics and Cuccinelli is behind (slightly) in most of the polls, even Rasmussen, which is notorious for tilting towards GOP candidates. Keep up the good work, Ken! With diligent effort on your part, you might manage to lose decisively.

  • Mr Ed

    Cuccinelli is currently trying to resurrect Virginia’s sodomy law – banning anal and oral sex – not because of the gays but for the children. While the law reads “anyone” he pinky promises to use it only against child molesters. You would think he’d have enough sense to wait until after the election to show his true colors.

    Virginia is for Lovers*

    *must be legally married, missionary position only, after dark binds drawn, for procreative purposes only.

  • unbound

    And the sad part is all Cuccinelli has to do to become the next VA governor is just shut his trap and stop putting forward the nonsense for a couple of months (the voters will forget his past transgressions, nobody seems to remember anything that happened more than a week ago)…but he won’t do it. He truly is a full-blown wackadoo.

  • Ellie

    @3 If the dark blinds are drawn, how is Cuccinelli going to be able to peek in and make sure everything is legal?

  • blf

    If the dark blinds are drawn, how is Cuccinelli going to be able to peek in and make sure everything is legal?

    Nobody expects… Teh Bedroom Police!!

  • Doug Little

    The is the dickhead who started a state funded witch hunt against climatologist Michael Mann and lost. Talk about a waste of tax payers money.

  • exdrone

    Mr Ed @3:

    Cuccinelli is currently trying to resurrect Virginia’s sodomy law – banning anal and oral sex

    If Cuccinelli keeps espousing far right social positions, is he not contravening the sodomy law by screwing himself?

  • anubisprime

    I wish other Republican wakkadumbfucks would speak out just as loud and just as specific as to what their god tells them that we should all do in the bedroom and who the wimmins’ should obey…for by their works thou shalt know them!

    And maybe eventually somewhere down the line the tragic truth will dawn on the GOP that, they are on a hiding to nothing, and it has nothing to do with illegal immigrants or feckless Hispanics or black folk or liberal intelektuals or a biased press or media, or indeed xtian persecution, it is not even SCOTUS.

    Problem for them will be disentangling themselves from the loony right wing jeebus droolers and their cash and influence, until they manage that they are simply unelectable except in local hustings but it seems the American public at large are well aware of that when it comes to Presidential elections.

    That is a long and steep slippery slope to drag the wagon up methinks!

  • I guess prayer doesn’t work, does it?

  • shay

    So, tolerance is good for business? Who knew?

  • dingojack

    Aaah – after all these years and Virginia is still against loving!