Lynn Mitchell beat me to the punch and I cannot build on top of this work for it is flawlessly on point. Remember how Ken Cuccinelli and other Republicans rallied around former-Republican-turned-Independent Bill Janis for Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney? There was a viable Republican in the race and he got bulldozed by the powers that be in the RPV in favor of Delegate Bill Janis who was looking for a better retirement plan. (Would you rather live on the dole for the rest of your days based on a Delegate salary of $17,000/year or a Commonwealth’s Attorney salary of $100,000+/year? Hmm.)
Granted, that Republican candidate for Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney had an extramarital affair and refused to step down when the revelations surfaced. Why should he however? Republicans in the past never cared about extramarital affairs committed by Republicans and have continually supported Republicans like Dan Burton, Henry Hyde, Newt Gingrich, David Vitter, Mark Sanford (making a comeback), Nelson Rockefeller, etc. Ew, gross.
So why did Ken Cuccinelli and other RPV elected officials openly violate their pledge to the RPV to support an independent candidate against a Republican? Why are Ken Cuccinelli supporters smearing Bill Bolling’s good name because he wants to offer a different vision of the Commonwealth for voters to choose? Why do they not see the blatant hypocrisy when comparing the two scenarios?
Monday, March 04, 2013
Don’t be hypocritical about a Bolling Independent run
In September 2011, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli endorsed Independent candidate Bill Janis for Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney over the GOP nominee.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that, while endorsing the Independent candidate, Cuccinelli said:
“I have a substantially greater deal of faith in Bill Janis’ ability to make those decisions than I do anyone else in this race, and that is without regard to party label. [emphasis added]”
Cuccinelli then further pushed aside the Republican Party:
Cuccinelli said political affiliation has little to do with decisions made by local leaders, nor should it get in the way of selecting, or endorsing, the best candidate in a race.
“I’m a Republican because I fit better there, but it’s not the reason for my being, politically,” he said.
The faux indignation from Cuccinelli supporters about Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling’s consideration of an independent run for Governor rings just a little hypocritical.