Something quite basic and very important has been very much lost in the haze of rhetoric launched in the races for Virginia’s statewide offices: that those elected to the positions have duties made incumbent on them when they are elected and that they are taking upon themselves the requirement to faithfully discharge those duties. The governor’s seat in Virginia is not a throne. The person elected to that position is assuming the requirement to implement and uphold the laws passed by the citizens of Virginia, through their representation in the General Assembly, and to do so even when they, personally, may not approve of those laws. If having confidence that the next governor will do this, will uphold the laws passed to the best of his ability, is important to my fellow Virginians then they should absolutely join me in voting for Ken Cuccinelli for Governor.
Just listen to Democrat Terry McAuliffe and his running mates and you’ll hear from their own mouths how they would refuse to enact or support this or that law. McAuliffe isn’t even elected yet and already he’s threatening to force a shutdown of Virginia’s government if the General Assembly doesn’t expand Medicare and fully enact Obamacare, in spite of the opposition of most of Virginia’s citizens as demonstrated in their choice of representation. Democrat candidate for Attorney General Mark Herring is indicating that he would refuse to defend Virginia’s Constitution as passed by the citizens of Virginia, a preemptive violation of the oath he is to take on election.
As a strong supporter of gun rights, Ken Cuccinelli had the opportunity to press his personal agenda in 2010 when GMU sought the AG’s opinion on the legality of their gun ban on campus. Many of Cuccinelli’s supporters were surprised and, frankly, angered when he, instead, issued an opinion that the GMU regulation was consistent with the Virginia Constitution. Given the chance to advance his political agenda, Ken Cuccinelli instead demonstrated that he was a faithful public servant and would diligently discharge the duties incumbent upon him as a result of his election to office. That’s integrity and that’s important.
There are accusations and innuendo flying throughout the airwaves during this campaign but I urge my fellow Virginians to look at the evidence before them and ask themselves if having public officials who will abide by the laws our representative pass is critical to them. I would ask that they consider the demonstrated adherence to the laws by Ken Cuccinelli and the full-throated promise to violate the oath of office by his opponent and his team. Please join me in electing Ken Cuccinelli as Governor.