Not a word has come from the National Politics Examiner about the Virginia Governor race until today, the day before the election. The debates and campaign has marched before Virginians like me, and now it is time to assess.
Ken Cuccinelli vs Terry McAuliffe
Employing an approach suggested in a body of work that offers a process for selecting and electing candidates to office, start with their resumes.
The governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia is the chief executive of the state government enterprise. We are looking for evidence of “CEO” managerial experience. We are looking for someone who has accomplished something significant in life outside politics. We are looking for someone with collaboration and leadership skills who can work in a bipartisan manner to accomplish the peoples’ business. We want a leader who will be good for the state’s economy.
Cuccinelli’s academic credentials are spot on for a modern CEO for the Virginia government enterprise.
“ B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, a J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law, and an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.”
He is a young person, but what has he accomplished with those outstanding credentials?
Nothing. He started his own law practice, however, his sole ambition is political. He is a professional politician. That is a huge problem. He may be compared with being a lightweight conservative version of Barack Obama, in that regard.
He has seven children. Is that socially responsible?
Now, consider the candidate’s resumes in alphabetical order.
46th Attorney General of Virginia
Assumed office January 16, 2010
Governor Bob McDonnell
Member of the Virginia Senate from the 37th district
In office August 2002 – January 12, 2010
Born Kenneth Thomas Cuccinelli II
July 30, 1968 (age 45)
Edison, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Teiro Cuccinelli
Children 5 daughters, 2 sons
Residence Nokesville, Virginia
Alma mater University of Virginia
George Mason University
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website”
Ken Cuccinelli is a Republican, and a conservative one. Are citizens of the Commonwealth conservative Republicans? Some are, and many are not, depending upon where you live. Urban areas tend to be more Democratic, and rural areas are more Republican. The state is a mixture with an increasing diversified population. So that trends more Democratic than Republican while candidate Cuccinelli leans strongly to the right-wing of his party. That would indicate having difficulty governing from a bipartisan position while getting along with a Republican-led state legislature.
He comes from the 37th District, and that is gerrymandered to be conservative, and not representative of the state’s entire politics.
Cuccinelli on the issues and ideology
Healthcare -- his filings in the court against Federal Healthcare Law were struck down.
“Virginia lacked subject-matter jurisdiction—Virginia could not pass a law to supersede or nullify a federal law.”
His policies are determined to be unconstitutional.
“Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion authorizing law enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone that they have stopped; previously this was done only for those arrested.”
Gay rights nondiscrimination policy
His policy attempted to turn back civil rights progress in the Commonwealth.
"It is my advice that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender expression,’ or like classification, as a protected class within its nondiscrimination policy, absent specific authorization from the General Assembly.”
He opposes environmental regulation and objects to the American political system and government in so doing.
"We cannot allow unelected bureaucrats with political agendas to use falsified data to regulate American industry and drive our economy into the ground".
While you continue to read his record, you will see that it is arch conservative and anti-federal government, and therefore out of step with the needs of Americans to pull together. He is a divider, not a unifier. Form your own judgment by examining the record.
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
In office February 3, 2001 – February 12, 2005
Born Terence Richard McAuliffe
February 9, 1957 (age 56)
Syracuse, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dorothy McAuliffe
Children Dori, Jack, Mary, Sally, Peter
Residence McLean, Virginia
Alma mater Catholic University of America
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website”
Terry McAluliffe is described as “an American businessman, fundraiser, politician, and former chairman of the Democratic Party. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.”
From his entrepreneurial start at age 14, “McAuliffe has ‘earned millions as a banker, real estate developer, home builder, hotel owner, and internet venture capitalist.’”
On that basis, Terry McAuliffe meets the first test of having been successful in commercial enterprise before entering politics. The relationship between commercial development and economic development is an important one as it is valuable to the state’s economic development.
He has a track record as a venture capitalist in investing in green technology and has a grasp of sustainable economics going back to his experience in supporting Jimmy Carter who was a leader in that direction.
His affinity with the Clinton’s can be strategically important to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Like his opponent, McAuliffe is a lawyer.
As for ideology, McAuliffe is a progressive Democrat.
Doing due diligence by reading his record, one may conclude that there is a more close alignment between Terry McAuliffe with Virginians than that held by Cuccinelli. Do Vriginians want a regressive or progressive governor?