As Not Larry Sabato has reported, a tape from a 2009 campaign event has surfaced that shows Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) suggesting that President Obama was not born in America. Who knew that Cooch was a birther?!
Moments ago, David Mills (DPVA Executive Director) called out Cooch for his “extreme agenda” and this latest revelation:
Wow. We knew Ken Cuccinelli was a right-wing ideologue. We even knew he denied the existence of a global climate change problem and that he wanted Virginia colleges to rescind protections against discrimination.
But it wasn’t until a tape from a 2009 campaign event was made public this morning that we learned just what our Attorney General is: A BIRTHER.
That’s right, when asked about finding proof that President Obama was a U.S. Citizen, Ken Cuccinelli responded “Well… that’s a good question … Someone is going to have to come forward with nailed down testimony that he was born in place B, wherever that is. You know, the speculation is Kenya. And that doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility.”
With MSNBC, the Politico and other national organizations covering this story, the world is finding out what we have always known – Ken Cuccinelli’s priorities are out-of-whack.
Since taking office, Ken Cuccinelli has used his taxpayer-funded position as Attorney General to implement his social views. First, he sued the federal government over the existence of climate change. Then just last week, he wrote a letter claiming Virginia state colleges and universities didn’t have the authority to enact their own non-discrimination policies. He’s pursuing one extreme, right-wing idea after another.
With your help, we can fight back against extremist Republicans in Virginia, and make sure our Attorney General is focused on the issues that matter to Virginians.
Cooch has issued the following response to the controversy:
I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in the United States. I don’t buy into the claims that he wasn’t. On the recording, I was asked a hypothetical legal question, and I gave a hypothetical legal answer in response.
As I said previously, this issue was not a part of my campaign, and it is not part of what I am doing now as attorney general.
The Cooch is full of you know what! How folks voted for this guy is beyond me.
As the Survivor song goes, “The search is over, you were with me all the while.” After a long (well, very long) search, it turns out that Democratic Party of Virginia’s new Executor Director is their now former Finance Director David Mills.
From the DPVA:
Like our big announcement for JJ last week, I wanted to let you know that our search for a new Executive Director is over before we send out the press release. David Mills has been named the new ED for DPVA. Dave was our Finance Director and has also worked raising money for Brian Moran’s campaign for Governor as well as for Creigh Deeds for Governor. I am very excited to continue to work with David as we build our party stronger…
Thanks for all you do,
Blue Virginia predicted this one last week. Congratulations to Dave on his new position. We expect BIG things!
At the DPVAs December State Central Committee meeting, Chairman Cranwell announced the semi-controversial departure of Leigh Anne Collier as the DPVAs Executive Director. The reason why I say semi-controversial is that chairman announced that Leigh Anne was to receive a $10K bonus upon her departure. Naturally folks were up in arms over this bonus being awarded, based on the most recent election results. This is not to take away how hard Leigh Anne may have worked, since I have no idea; however, perception is everything.
This afternoon Chairman Cranwell moved to fill this void. I’m not sure how far-and-wide his email was actually sent out, but it was essentially a job advertisement seeking a “committed individual to serve as executive director.”
The email went on to say that
The applicant must possess strong organizational skills, demonstrated success in winning elections, and technological and strategic expertise. The executive director will be responsible for developing and implementing a plan to strengthen and expand Democratic Party of Virginia. A complete job description is listed below.
If you know of anyone interested in applying, please email a resume with cover letter and three references to email@example.com by December 28, 2009.
C. Richard Cranwell
A more detailed job description follows:
The Executive Director, working with the Chair and State Steering and Central Committees, develops and implements the Democratic Party of Virginia’s strategic plan and oversees personnel and programmatic activities of the party.
Develop and implement a plan to strengthen and expand the party; develop the party’s election strategies and supervise a political director
Administrative & Financial
With an Operations Director, oversee federal & non-federal compliance, bank accounts, and other administrative requirements
With a finance director, create a yearly fundraising plan and oversee its execution
With a communications director, create a comprehensive communications plan, including messaging, media outreach, press releases, web and email, and oversee its execution; develop and maintain professional relationships with national, state and county elected officials and organizations
With an information technology director, develop and maintain a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure
The blogosphere is never short of opinions. With that said who do you think would be an ideal candidate? Please leave your suggestions and rationale in the comments section.