Ken Cuccinelli has run the most disciplined campaign of all the candidates, keeping teh crazy – his own and that of his supporters – under wraps. If you don’t follow politics closely – and let’s face it, few do – then you’d have no idea just how far out he is. On the surface, he’s a good looking, likable guy.
The quote above, though, comes from David Lampo, Vice President of the Log Cabin Republican Club of Virginia, in an op-ed piece published on the Augusta Free Press.
No real libertarian has a record (like Mr. Cuccinelli does) of
- Opposition to repealing the state sodomy law, even though it was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court
- Opposition to allowing private companies to offer health and life insurance benefits to domestic partners of their employees
- Opposition to prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for state and local government employees
- Opposition to allowing local governments to choose what benefits they give their local employees
- Opposition to any kind of legal protections for gay and lesbian couples, even the limited rights embodied in domestic partnerships or civil unions
- Support for banning gay/straight alliances in public high schools
- Support for state funding of abstinence programs
This comes on the heels of a statement issued earlier Wednesday, a copy of which was sent to the Washington Post.
“That Mr. Cuccinelli would make such incendiary and prejudicial remarks as a candidate for the state’s highest legal office is truly frightening, and we call on him to apologize for injecting his personal and hateful opinions into this race,” said David Lampo, vice president of the Log Cabin Republican Club of Virginia. “The overwhelming majority of Virginia voters, 90 percent according to Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, support a policy of employment nondiscrimination for state employees. We hope voters evaluate very carefully a candidate who intends to let his personal beliefs and prejudices guide his decision making as Attorney General.”
Prompting this outrage from a member of his own party was a statement Cuccinelli made to The Virginian-Pilot and which was included in the paper’s editorial:
He [Cuccinelli] declined to commit to a nondiscrimination policy against gays and lesbians observed by former Attorney General Bob McDonnell: “ My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. … They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”
Just yesterday, I was talking to a Republican friend of mine who knew nothing about Cooch and had met him at a local meet-and-greet. He hadn’t seen the Pilot editorial but at my urging, was going to take a look at it.
(Rant on: my friend’s a pretty smart fellow. But he knew more about the candidates in the NY-23 race than he knew about the candidates in Virginia! When I talked to him about redistricting, he had little clue about what it meant. But then we talked about his own House representative and he complained about his rep being primarily in the adjoining city of Portsmouth. I explained to him how that came about: Republican redistricting in 2001 to get rid of his previous representative. So much so that representative no longer even had a district. All of a sudden, redistricting made sense to him. If the smart folks aren’t paying attention to our politics, heaven helps us all. /rant)
Wednesday, Democratic AG candidate Steve Shannon sent a letter to Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, asking that Cuccinelli recant the position he laid out to the Pilot editorial board. I doubt McDonnell will do so, for two reasons.
One – despite McDonnell has said that he doesn’t believe in discrimination against gays and lesbians, as this Pilot editorial mentioned, McDonnell has no intention of renewing Executive Order #1, either.
He has promised to end an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation within the state work force.
And two – McDonnell knows that Cuccinelli supporters will help drive his own numbers up.
The record on Cuccinelli is clear:
- The Washington Post cautions that Cuccinelli “peddles outmoded, half-baked and prejudicial theories about homosexuals.”
- The Roanoke Times says “Cuccinelli is a crusader against a woman’s right to choose, gay rights, workers and any effort to confront climate change.”
- And, of course, the Virginian-Pilot points out that “Cuccinelli’s election would bring embarrassment to Virginia, instability to the state’s law firm and untold harm to the long list of people who don’t fit his personal definition of morality.”
For once I agree with the Log Cabin Republicans: the future of our party demands that Cuccinelli be defeated. Actually, the future of Virginia demands that he be defeated.