Cuccinelli: Quoting Me is a 'Personal Attack'

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, like his running E.W. Jackson, thinks it is just terribly unfair of people to bring up his long track record of anti-gay statements and policy positions. In fact, it’s a “personal attack” to do so.

Facing off against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, Cuccinelli attempted to downplay social issues, saying, “Look, I believe– I have some basic beliefs that are fundamental to me. But overwhelming proportion of my time as attorney general has been spent moving Virginia forward economically and protecting liberty and our constitution.” But as attorney general, he has consistently opposed liberty and the constitutional protections for LGBT Virginians,demanding that public colleges and universities rescind non-discrimination policies and making a campaign issue his attempt to revive an anti-sodomy lawhe refused to bring into compliance with the Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas ruling…

Cuccinelli attempted to deny his own prior anti-LGBT comments — even though he had stood by them in his first debate against McAuliffe in July. In both debates, McAuliffe highlighted a 2008 speech Cuccinelli made to the anti-gay Virginia Family Foundation in which he had opined, “When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul.”

Asked in the July debate whether he stilled believed LGBT people to be “soulless” and “self-destructive,” Cuccinelli told moderator Judy Woodruff, “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed.” But as McAuliffe on Wednesday again lambasted Cuccinelli for that view — and for jeopardizing the Virginia jobs when his pro-discrimination efforts nearly caused Northrup Grumman to relocate its headquarters — this time, Cuccinelli dissembled. Calling them “personal attacks,” Cuccinelli announced, “The Northrop Grumman charge is false. The soulless comment is offensively false.”

It’s like they don’t realize the internet exists. You’d be hard pressed to find a Republican politician at his level with a more stridently anti-gay record than Cuccinelli.

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  • Al Dente

    I’m reminded of the old Adlai Stevenson quote:

    If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Northrup Grunman was about to relocate its top office and put all its head executives through the personal stresses of moving their homes, just for the convenience of limp-wristed sissies?!?

    ____________________ [fill in demagogue of choice] was right – the Lavender Legions have already taken over: expect your door to be kicked in by pink jackboots, and we’ll all be issued federal orders to redecorate!

  • Modusoperandi


  • left0ver1under

    It’s like they don’t realize the internet exists.

    Or just as likely, they “think” that because they don’t feel the need to fact check what they say, no one else should either.

  • exdrone

    My views are extreme, on the record, unchanged, influential to my policy positions … oh and none of your business.

  • uzza

    Vote Cuccinelli: keep your guns, give up your blow jobs .

  • had3

    I live in this state and my biggest fear is that prospective voters are only giving lip service to pollsters and I wake up the morning after the election to governor Ken.

  • colnago80

    Re had3 @ #7

    Unfortunately, his opponent is something of a sleaze. What would be just as bad is waking up the morning after the election to Lieutenant Governor Jackson. This is important because the State Senate is evenly divided and lieutenant governor votes to break any ties.

  • caseloweraz

    Terry McAuliffe should be careful about charging Cuccinelli with being bad for Virginia business. McAuliffe put the manufacturing plant for a car company he owned in Mississippi instead of Virginia and later gave a lame excuse for doing so.

    Also, per Wikipedia, he’s got a few financial irregularities in his background.

    Elsewhere I’ve written that I think Cooch has screwed the pooch. But maybe I was wrong about that. I hope not.

  • colnago80

    Rer caselowerza @ #9

    As I said, McAullife is a sleaze but, in addition to being a nutcase, Koo Koo Ken is also something of a sleaze.

  • fifthdentist

    From the unabridged Wingnut Dickshunary:

    Personal attack; n, quoting a Republican accurately

    “When I use a word,'”Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

  • Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy

    Is this a “Vote for the crook: it’s important” situation?

  • Ryan Bedell

    Parody of his pro sodomy law website. Fun for at least several minutes.

  • aaronbaker

    It IS a personal attack–one that’s entirely justified.

  • Nomad

    I’ve commented before on how Jackson was trying to accomlish an almost brilliant bit of manuevering where he gets to run on his religious beliefs and yet claim that his religious beliefs are out of bounds.

    Now I see Cooch trying something else. He’s trying to claim that the things he’s trying to force on everyone else are his personal views. In other words, the private lives of the citizens, such as who they love or have sex with, are totally his business. But the things he’s doing to the citizens are his own private thing and not the business of anyone else, including the people he’s doing them to.

    It’s fascinating, in a way.

  • sezit

    I’m a Virginia voter, and I think it is more than important to vote AGAINST the cooch. He is anti-woman, -freedom, -sex, -LGBT, -science, and pro everything awful. Whether or not you like or even hate McAulliffe, he is not even on the same scale of horrible awful spiteful mean calamity that Cuccinelli occupies.

  • John Pieret

    Whoever manufactures Republican/wingnut memory holes must be making millions.

  • unbound

    It’s like the national election all over again. Obama is absolutely terrible…but the Republicans manage to find someone that is likely worse in governing capabilities / philosophy with horrifying theology to boot. Same is true with the Virginia governor’s election. If Cuccinelli wasn’t such a sleazeball himself with his insane religious believes that he is trying shove down our throats, I’d actually vote for him.

    Once, just once, I’d like to have a candidate I can vote for. I’ve been voting for over a quarter century now, and the candidates keep getting worse and worse. I understand that politicians have never been angels, but they weren’t this bad.

  • Michael Heath

    unbound writes:

    It’s like the national election all over again. Obama is absolutely terrible . . .

    You say; I observe him to be demonstrably competent.

  • colnago80

    Re sezit @ #17

    And guess what, Jackson is worse!

  • francesc

    “It’s like they don’t realize the internet exists”


    @4 “they “think” that because they don’t feel the need to fact check what they say, no one else should either”

    Yes, internet do exist, and you can check his words. But you do only if you care about this issue, or if you want to prove him wrong. And he is not trying to get some homosexual votes, nor the votes wich are already decided for the democrats.

    So, if you are not too involved with gay rights you may believe him withouth checking it. You may even vote for him withouth taking into consideration his position about sexual freedom. He just needs to deny it and some people will “forget”

  • sailor1031

    “If Cuccinelli wasn’t such a sleazeball himself with his insane religious believes that he is trying shove down our throats”

    When you look at his terminology such as “intrinsically wrong”, “unnatural” etc. and his several references to “natural law” to support his personal bigotry, it’s perfectly obvious that Cuccinelli takes it directly from the RCC Inc. Guidelines for Bishops and Catholic Politicians………He’s not spouting insanity here, this is mainstream catholic dogma.

  • abb3w

    While I am slightly less fond of Ken Cuccinelli than I am of having dog crap on the bottom of my sneakers, “soulless” is not quite precisely what he said. Rather, he thinks Teh Gay destroys their souls:

    “When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul.”

  • tbp1

    @ sailor1031, #22

    He’s not spouting insanity here, this is mainstream catholic dogma.

    Sadly, insanity and mainstream Catholic dogma are significantly overlapping sets. I think this has always been true.

  • Gregory in Seattle

    Cuccinelli does not condemn gay people. He has condemned gay people. Any evidence to the contrary must be memoryholed double plus quickwise.