VA GOP Nominates Ken Cuccinelli for Governor's Race

Cuccinelli formally received the nomination Saturday at the Virginia Republican Convention.

Virginia Republican Party delegates officially nominated Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to run for governor at its state convention Saturday in Richmond.

Cuccinelli, 44, essentially locked down the Republican nomination in November 2012, when outgoing Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced he wouldn’t be seeking the nomination. Bolling cited party officials’ vote to change the nominating method from a primary election to a convention as the main reason for withdrawing his hat.

"I see a Commonwealth where our people once again lead in liberty and opportunity," Cuccinelli said in his address. "Where striving to achieve is respected, even when we fall short, and it’s celebrated when we succeed. I see a Commonwealth where we restrain our debt so we pass on to the next generation a system of governance that can preserve our freedoms and defend our God-given rights.

"That is a mission worthy of our history and of the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. It is a future that I hope we can work together to build, right now, in 2013."

Cuccinelli earned the attorney general nomination at a convention in 2009 along with Bolling and Gov. Bob McDonnell before they all took office.

A New Jersey native and Fairfax County resident, Cuccinelli served as a Republican member of the state senate for the 37th  district from 2002 until he took office as Attorney General in 2010.

Cuccinelli, a staunch conservative, unveiled his “Economic Growth & Virginia Jobs Plan” earlier this month, which he says will reduce business and income taxes by more than $1 billion a year.

The plan would cut the personal income tax rate from 5.75 percent to 5 percent over four years and the corporate income tax rate from 6 percent to 4 percent over the same period. Cuccinelli said it would also eliminate unnecessary tax exemptions and loopholes.

Cuccinelli will face Democrat Terry McAuliffe in November.

Full text of Cuccinelli’s speech.


Ken Reynolds May 21, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I agree that abortion is 'evil' or whatever other term you may wish to apply. I wish people did not want to abort their children. BUT, i do not believe we as a society can impose rrules and laws on abortion. For example, do we want a politiccian to determine when life begins? Stop all abortions at 3 months? Who has the stop watch on life? These are impossible universal decisions. And that is why i believe the decision needs to remain with the Mother, in consultation with her loved ones and physician.......NOT COOCH, or Newt, or Mitt........
Ken Reynolds May 21, 2013 at 03:32 PM
TOM BUTTS for IRS Commissioner!!! great comment
novatom May 21, 2013 at 03:46 PM
There's been too much "fighting" in DC. Voters don't want legislators to "fight" all the time. How about working together for a change?
T Ailshire May 21, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Yes, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. LIFE - Unless you're a woman who doesn't believe life begins at conception, or that you have the right to make choices for yourself. LIBERTY - unless you want to defend yourself. Or be free to make medical choices. Or to investigate environmental science and make an educated guess. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS - unless you're gay, and want to pursue married life with your chosen partner. Maybe he should call it the "UNLESS" campaign..
Ken Reynolds May 21, 2013 at 03:56 PM
TOM BUTTS - your 'fighting' remark is the best one yet. YEP, there is so much fighting in Washington. The PEOPLE want gun safety and immigration reform legislation. And what do we get.....HORSES ASSES running around whose main goal in life is to stab the President in the back every chance they get. Rep Camp is the last one to get in line behind the likes of "fighters" McConnell, Boehner, Ryan......a bunch of malevolent asses.......


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