Democrats Trying to Paint Cuccinelli as a Radical Conservative who Attempts to Confuse his Opponents
July 14, 2009
In a recent NBC 12 interview Ken Cuccinelli answered the charge that he is some radical right-winger. This is something he is regularly being accused of. As soon as Ken joined the ticket after the convention the ticket was called the “most divisive ticket” by the Democrat Party. While he was unafraid to identify himself as a social conservative, Ken reminded viewers that he is the leader in the senate on both mental health issues, and property rights issues. His ability to reach out and work with people is the reason he is able to serve as a state senator from Fairfax County. If he really were a radical wingnut it would be tough for him to win in Fairfax. Instead he has a “complete record” and seeks to find areas of agreement with all voters.
In the middle of the video (about 1:30) Ken makes the comment “If we can confuse them, we’re happy to do that.” Lowell Feld of Blue Virginia is trying to use this line as a “gotcha moment” with Ken. One other blogger even referring to this as a possible “macaca moment.” They are trying to use this to say, “Ha, Ken is out pulling the wool over our eyes.” However while you can pull a sentence out of context with any politician, this is not what Ken is saying. In the preceding sentence, Ken says, “There are a lot of issues I have been working on that just don’t fall into their carricature of me.” It is in this context that Ken makes the “controversial” statement. It is a matter of confusing people into thinking Ken is a radical right-winger. He is fine with letting people mischaracterize him. If they want to attack a straw man of him he is happy to let them remain confuses. He has a record to point to that is one of getting things done on issues important to all Virginians, and it is this record of getting things done that will lead him to victory in the fall.