Anti-gay Republican bigot Ken Cuchinelli DEFEATED in Virginia governor's race

  • KissTheSky

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    Nov 06, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    It's a great day for equality in Virginia. Republican Ken Cuchinelli's hate campaign against gay Virginian's has gone down in flames. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

    As Virginia's GOP Attorney General, Cuchinelli's claims to fame include trying to ban gay relationships by making them illegal. He believed so strongly that gay people should be regarded as criminals that he took his fight all the way to the Supreme Court, where he was defeated.
    He also strongly opposes marriage equality and adoptions by gay people, and has said gay Americans have "damaged souls."

    His Republican running mate E.W. Jackson, who also lost tonight, claimed gays are "very sick" and also bitterly opposed all civil rights for gay Virginians.
    (Jackson is a complete con artist/low life with a history of criminal activity -- but this is what Virginia Republicans consider a "moral" candidate.)

    Cuchinelli was defeated by Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who made gay civil rights a highlight of his campaign, and supports marriage equality.

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    Nov 13, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    And, with BIG thanks to a savvy blogger who noticed provisional ballots weren't counted in Fairfax Co., the Attorney General race, orginally announced as going to the Republican (Obenshain), was re-counted and now Officially (in less than an hour, anyway) swings back to the Democrat (Herring)! Way to go!

    First Dem sweep of the Commonwealth (Gov/LtGov/AG) since 1989! Add the Democratic U.S. Senate seats, and it's the first time since 1969 (Loving v. Virginia was just two years old by then)!

    2 million votes and he wins by about 150 votes! Every vote counts! (Or at least they SHOULD... GOP!) icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 13, 2013 6:34 PM GMT
    http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=20852924

    How Twitter Helped Bring a Virginia Election to Its Knees
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    Jan 13, 2014 4:38 PM GMT
    Oh, now, don't go away mad, Coochie Nellie! Just go away! icon_smile.gif

    ThinkProgressOn Last Full Day In Office, Ex-Virginia Attorney General Sneaks In Anti-Gay Legal Opinion


    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/01/13/3153171/day-office-outgoing-virginia-attorney-general-sneaks-anti-gay-legal-opinion/

    ThinkProgressCuccinelli’s non-binding opinion, which is dated January 10, 2014, concludes that “a Governor may not direct or require any agency of state government to allow same-sex couples to receive joint marital status for Virginia income tax returns.” Cuccinelli’s successor, Democrat Mark Herring, was sworn in January 11.


    Cooch, don't let ANYTHING hit ya on the way out! icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 13, 2014 6:14 PM GMT
    ...and while the losing gubernatorial candidate went out like THAT, the newly elected governor that he lost to comes in like THIS:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/01/virginia-in-first-official-act-gov.html

    VIRGINIA: In First Official Act, Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees

    Now that's change I can believe in! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 14, 2014 8:04 PM GMT
    dayumm said...and while the losing gubernatorial candidate went out like THAT, the newly elected governor that he lost to comes in like THIS:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/01/virginia-in-first-official-act-gov.html

    VIRGINIA: In First Official Act, Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees

    Now that's change I can believe in! icon_biggrin.gif
    This means that discrimination in the workplace based on natural sexual orientation is now forbidden by law in Virginia. That is awesome newsicon_biggrin.gif I would love to see Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania enact similar laws and tell all the NARROW MINDED, BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS to go fuck themselves.
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    Jan 14, 2014 8:09 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    dayumm said...and while the losing gubernatorial candidate went out like THAT, the newly elected governor that he lost to comes in like THIS:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/01/virginia-in-first-official-act-gov.html

    VIRGINIA: In First Official Act, Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees

    Now that's change I can believe in! icon_biggrin.gif
    This means that discrimination in the workplace based on natural sexual orientation is now forbidden by law in Virginia. That is awesome newsicon_biggrin.gif I would love to see Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania enact similar laws and tell all the NARROW MINDED, BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS to go fuck themselves.

    I think it only applies to state employees, but it's a terrific start anyway.
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    Jan 14, 2014 8:21 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    roadbikeRob said
    dayumm said...and while the losing gubernatorial candidate went out like THAT, the newly elected governor that he lost to comes in like THIS:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/01/virginia-in-first-official-act-gov.html

    VIRGINIA: In First Official Act, Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees

    Now that's change I can believe in! icon_biggrin.gif
    This means that discrimination in the workplace based on natural sexual orientation is now forbidden by law in Virginia. That is awesome newsicon_biggrin.gif I would love to see Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania enact similar laws and tell all the NARROW MINDED, BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS to go fuck themselves.

    I think it only applies to state employees, but it's a terrific start anyway.
    Well it is time for the state legislature to pass a strict law protecting all GLBT Virginians from discrimination in the workplace. Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania need to enact similar laws.
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    Jan 17, 2014 1:07 PM GMT
    Everybody say "awwww" for "Ewwwww". On "Three." One. Two. Three...

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ew-jackson-complains-he-was-portrayed-nutcase-during-his-run-office#sthash.reSWQwtX.dpuf

    Right Wing WatchE.W. Jackson, the failed Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia last year, appeared on the AFA's "Today's Issues" program recently where he complained that the mainstream media misrepresented his past statements and record in order to portray him as a "nutcase."

    Jackson said that he was "very hurt" by the supposedly unfair attacks on him "because when people say things about you that aren't true and they skew things that you said and try to turn you into a nutcase and make you seem like you're really completely outside of the mainstream of American thinking, you know that's not fun"


    And yet here he his, unskewed, and verbatim:

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/virginia-gop-lt-governor-nominee-ew-jacksons-long-history-attacking-gays-berating-democrats

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ew-jackson-warns-same-sex-marriage-leads-bestiality-adam-and-steve-becomes-adam-and-bull

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ew-jackson-deliver-gays-destructive-lifestyle-obama-will-teach-children-homosexuality

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ew-jackson-homosexuality-abomination-sight-god

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ew-jackson-god-will-stop-blessing-military-because-gay-rights

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ew-jackson-obama-atheistmuslim-and-were-dealing-evil-presence

    Ewww Jackson. Nutty as a Payday.

    And perfect for a hand-picked GOP gubernatorial ticket.

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    Jan 17, 2014 1:52 PM GMT
    Speaking of hand-picked, I found the idea to scrap the primary and go with a closed-door convention, plus the process that led to picking Jackson as Cooch's ideal running mate, fascinating and yet hilarious. Someone please tell me there's a book coming about this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_of_Virginia_convention,_2013

    First, the political inbreeding...

    WikipediaIn 2008, incumbent Lt. Governor Bill Bolling made a deal with then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell whereby McDonnell would run for governor and Bolling would run for re-election as lieutenant governor in 2009, and then Bolling would receive McDonnell's support for his own candidacy for governor in 2013.

    The deal was widely known and as such, Bolling was effectively running for Governor since 2009, and in April 2010, Bolling filed the necessary paperwork to run in 2013.


    "I'll let YOU be Governor first, then YOU let ME be Governor." Like there's no one else who needs to be involved. "What could possibly go wrong?"

    Then, the backstab...

    WikiVirginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, elected alongside McDonnell and Bolling in 2009, stated that he intended to run for re-election as attorney general in 2013, but did not rule out running for Governor.

    In December 2011, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told his staff that he would run against Bolling for governor in 2013; the news went public, and in response, Bolling issued a statement accusing Cuccinelli of putting "his own personal ambition ahead of the best interests of the commonwealth and the Republican Party." This infuriated Bolling and set up a primary. Cuccinelli's announcement came two days before the [2011] annual statewide conference of Virginia Republicans, at which Bolling and his staff expressed being upset with Cuccinelli's decision.


    Then, the hatchet-job...

    WikiIn June 2012, the party's State Central Committee, which had new members since the committee previously voted to hold a primary, reversed course and voted 47-31 to select a nominee via convention in 2013, igniting much controversy among party members. The switch was a major blow to Bolling's candidacy, as Cuccinelli supporters were more ardent and involved in the party and thus more willing to travel to a day-long convention.

    Proponents of the reversal said a convention would prevent Democrats from meddling in the selection (Virginia does not register voters by party, making primaries open to voters regardless of party). Primaries are also run by the State Board of Elections and taxpayer funded; proponents said a convention, which is funded by the party, would save the state money.

    Convention proponents also argued that nominees selected by convention historically perform better in the general election than nominees selected by primary, and that conventions allow candidates to present their cases within the party, preventing candidates from tearing each other down via negative advertising seen by the general electorate.

    Opponents of the reversal said a convention would disenfranchise military voters who are unable to physically attend a convention, and would cost the party too much money.

    Bolling called the switch "unprecedented and unfair".


    So, rather than close the primaries off to the state's individual party electorates, and rather than eliminating hack ads, THIS is what they came up with?

    Then, the circus!...

    WikiAccording to the rules, candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general were allotted seven minutes each to speak before the delegates. The most notable speech was that of E.W. Jackson, who electrified the crowd in an impassioned speech in which he rejected the label of "African-American", declaring, "I am not an African-American, I am an American! I am tired of the hyphenation. No more hyphenation!"


    "F Yeah! OUR kinda guy! He'll be a huge hit with the African-American Bible-thumpers! Wait, I mean, the AMERICAN Bible-thumpers! Wait, I mean... oh, you know who I'm talkin' about! Those Americans we haven't gerrymandered yet!"

    Finally, the Battle Royale!...

    WikiChaos and conflicting statements went around the convention during the second, third, and fourth ballots in what appeared to be a stop-Jackson movement by the [2012 GOP committee chairman Pete] Snyder campaign.

    Snyder received the endorsements of tea party activist Jamie Radtke, and from [state delegate Scott] Lingamfelter after his elimination, during balloting, which the campaign posted on flyers around the Coliseum. In the fourth round of balloting, flyers were distributed on the floor falsely claiming that Cuccinelli, [AG candidate Mark] Obenshain, and [Prince William County Board Chairman Corey] Stewart endorsed Snyder for the fourth ballot.

    All three of those campaigns denounced the flyers, and Stewart endorsed Jackson, even taking a lap around the floor with him to show his support.

    Shortly after 10:00 pm EDT, after eight hours of voting and four ballots, Pete Snyder went to the stage and motioned to withdraw his candidacy and nominate E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor by acclamation. After a loud "aye" from the delegates, Jackson took to the stage, and after a short victory speech, was joined by Cuccinelli and Obenshain, as the 2013 Republican ticket was presented.


    This had to be the biggest and best organizational fustercluck, at least since the Iowa 2012 GOP caucus count and delegate selection. I still don't know who won that mess.

    Whenever the Virginia GOP closes ranks to the point that a candidate can call somebody a "Macaca" and receive expected laughter and/or applause, is there any wonder what comes out at the other end? One phobic loser after another, who cry their message has been distorted by the rest of the world on the outside. Hopefully, they'll learn someday.
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    Jan 17, 2014 2:06 PM GMT
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    Whenever the Virginia GOP closes ranks to the point that a candidate can call somebody a "Macaca" and receive expected laughter and/or applause, is there any wonder what comes out at the other end? One phobic loser after another, who cry their message has been distorted by the rest of the world on the outside. Hopefully, they'll learn someday.

    Actually I hope they DON'T learn, so they keep losing elections. They can try cleaning up their acts, but their ideology remains the same. I don't think any Republicans are people that freedom-loving and equality-minded Americans want in elective office.

    Either they're bigots themselves, or they cover each other with strict party-line votes that support their radical wing. Vote for any Republican and you've voted for them all, from the most insane to the more reasonable. But so long as they act as a monolithic block, oppose them all.
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    Jan 17, 2014 2:11 PM GMT
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    dayumm said
    Whenever the Virginia GOP closes ranks to the point that a candidate can call somebody a "Macaca" and receive expected laughter and/or applause, is there any wonder what comes out at the other end? One phobic loser after another, who cry their message has been distorted by the rest of the world on the outside. Hopefully, they'll learn someday.

    Actually I hope they DON'T learn, so they keep losing elections. They can try cleaning up their acts, but their ideology remains the same. I don't think any Republicans are people that freedom-loving and equality-minded Americans want in elective office.

    Either they're bigots themselves, or they cover each other with strict party-line votes that support their radical wing. Vote for any Republican and you've voted for them all, from the most insane to the more reasonable. But so long as they act as a monolithic block, oppose them all.


    You're right! Somebody has to lose in these things, so it might as well be these guys, each and every time!
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    Jan 21, 2014 10:33 PM GMT
    And, for a reminder why...

    First, back down memory lane....

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Rolls Back Non-Discrimination Protections For Gay State Workers

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/837792

    McDonnell opposes allowing same-sex couples to adopt children in Virginia

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1477300

    Equality Virginia sent a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) this weekend asking him to "end his silence" on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) decision to urge the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. ...

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/861330

    Now, today's news. Look who got out of office JUST in time?

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/01/virginia-former-gov-bob-mcdonnell-wife.html

    Joe.My.God.Anti-gay GOP former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who routinely opposed LGBT rights in his state, was today charged with accepting illegal gifts from a local businessman.


    And the missus gets some charges, too. Hey, the family that goes to court together stays together. Ain't that right, sonny?

    http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/governor-s-son-arrested-for-intoxication-swearing/article_847867a0-e8d8-11e2-a486-0019bb30f31a.html

    Ah, those sweet family values! icon_wink.gif
  • KissTheSky

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    Jan 21, 2014 10:43 PM GMT
    Best news of the day.
    Would love to see GOP bigot McDonell sitting in jail for a few years. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 22, 2014 9:21 PM GMT
    One more cookie for the Commonwealth, from yesterday:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/21/1271539/-Breaking-VA-Senate-Candidate-Jennifer-Wexton-is-kicking-ass-in-special-election

    (via Daily Kos)HERNDON, Virginia — Democrat Jennifer Wexton has won a three-way special election to represent parts of Loudoun and Fairfax counties in the state Senate, leaving Democrats poised to reclaim control of the chamber they lost two years ago.

    With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Wexton had 53 percent, followed by 37 percent for Republican John Whitbeck and 10 percent for Joe May, a longtime GOP legislator who ran as an independent.
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    Jan 22, 2014 9:50 PM GMT
    I love reading your posts, dayumm. They are always informative and entertaining!
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    Jan 23, 2014 2:01 AM GMT
    Cuccinelli thinks that Chris Christie should resign from leading the Republican Governors' Association.

    After working with the newly indicted Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, The Cooch knows a crook when he sees one.
  • KissTheSky

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    Jan 23, 2014 3:35 AM GMT
    All of Virginia's national-level elected officials are now Democrats.
    Voters there have decisively rejected the conservative agenda of more tax cuts for the rich and hateful attacks on gay people and women.

    As a result, a solidly red state is now mostly blue.
    This is the model for how formerly red states will turn purple and then blue.
    The Republican Party continues to move in the exact opposite direction as the majority of the country. Instead of becoming more moderate and inclusive and focusing on issues that voters care about, the GOP accelerates its campaign against marriage equality, against living wages for working families, and even against birth control.
    As even the southern states leave the GOP behind, it is clear the party is dying in front of us.